How to Choose the Right Air Conditioner for Your Home

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When it comes to finding the right air conditioning (AC) unit for your home, it's important to consider not only the size of your space, but also the specific cooling needs of your home. Two key factors to take into account when choosing an AC unit are the square footage of your home and the tonnage requirement. Here's a guide from Hembree AC on how to find the right AC unit for your home based on these factors.

Determine the square footage of your home: The square footage of your home is an important factor to consider when choosing an AC unit. A general rule of thumb is to have one ton of cooling capacity for every 400-450 square feet of space. For example, if your home is 1,500 square feet, you will likely need a 3.5-ton unit.

Consider the tonnage requirement: Tonnage, also known as cooling capacity, is measured in units of 12,000 BTU (British Thermal Units) per hour. A 1-ton unit can remove 12,000 BTUs of heat per hour, while a 2-ton unit can remove 24,000 BTUs, and so on. The larger the space and the more heat-generating appliances you have, the more tonnage you will need.

Take into account your specific cooling needs: In addition to square footage and tonnage, you should also consider the specific cooling needs of your home. If you live in a hot climate, you may need a larger unit than what is recommended for your square footage. Similarly, if you have a lot of windows or a home with high ceilings, you may need a larger unit to effectively cool the space.

Consult with a professional: The best way to determine the right AC unit for your home is to consult with a professional HVAC contractor like Hembree Heating & Air Conditioning. We will take into account all of the factors mentioned above, as well as inspect your home and assess your cooling needs, to recommend the best unit for your specific situation.

By considering the square footage of your home and the tonnage requirement, and consulting with a professional, you can ensure that you are getting the right AC unit for your specific needs. Hembree Heating & Air Conditioning offers a wide range of HVAC systems from top brands and our team of experienced technicians can help you choose the perfect system for your home. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you find the right AC unit for your home. Hembree Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in the installation, repair and maintenance of air conditioners of all types.

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