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Understanding How to Find the Right Size for Your HVAC Installation

Finding The Right HVAC For Your Home

If you are in need of an HVAC installation, it can feel like an overwhelming process. Knowing the right unit to get can be difficult. This is especially true when it comes to size. Getting a unit that is too big results in wasted money and wasted energy. At the same time, getting a unit that is too small means that your home won’t get enough cool or warm air.

It’s important to get the right size to ensure that your HVAC needs are effectively and efficiently met. Here are some guidelines to help you find the right size for your HVAC system and to make this process a little easier.

Start With Your Home’s Size

home sizeWhile square footage won’t give you the exact size for your unit, it will give you a good starting point.

You can get an approximate estimate of the capacity that you need – measured in BTUs, or British Thermal Units – from your home’s size.

For example, a 1,000 square foot home needs about 18,000 BTUs; a 1,400 square foot home needs about 23,000 BTUs; and a 2,000 square foot home needs about 34,000 BTUs.

It’s not a perfect metric but start by finding out the recommended BTUs for a home of your size. This will give you a good baseline to begin the process.

What Are BTUs?

Given that HVAC capacity is measured in BTUs, it’s helpful to understand what this unit of measurement represents. A British Thermal Unit is a unit used to measure thermal energy, i.e., heat. One BTU represents the amount of energy needed to raise 1 pound of water one degree at sea level.

what are btu's

In the context of HVAC units, the measurement refers to how many BTUs per hour a system can add or remove from the air. For the heater, a BTU refers to heat output; for air conditioning, it refers to the amount of heat removed from the air.

call a professionalWhen in Doubt, Talk to Professionals

It’s always a good idea to understand any major projects that are going on in your home and to be informed about big decisions that you need to make.

That said, it’s an equally good idea to bring in experts for such decisions!

Determining the right size HVAC unit involves a variety of factors including home size, ductwork, insulation, windows, and doors.

It is an important and difficult calculation to make. Rather than risk getting the wrong-sized unit, talk with a professional before installing your HVAC system to get support throughout the process.

Sky HVAC Can Help

Sky HVAC provides quality, reliable heating services to the Charlotte area. With a 100% satisfaction guarantee and 24/7 services, their team is always there to ensure that their customers’ indoor air comfort needs are met. Their experienced team has the knowledge and skill to handle any HVAC issues. They are dedicated to providing quality work at affordable prices. They are the trusted source for HVAC services for the Charlotte community.