How Big of an AC Unit Do I Need?

An AC unit is one of the home appliances we can’t live without.

However, if you have the wrong size it might feel like you’re living without it. If your unit is too small, you might not even notice it’s there.

Here, we’ve put together this guide to help you find out what size AC unit you need for your home.

How to Choose the Right AC Unit Size for Your Home

The best way to find the right AC unit size for your home is to get a professional HVAC contractor to inspect your home. They’ll take a look at the square footage of the building, the condition (and type) of your ductwork, the local weather, the number of windows, how many people live in the home, how much shade your home gets, etc. to figure out the best size for your needs.

This will give you the most accurate size, which will help you stay cool and save money in the long run. You should always work with a professional for this process if you can.

Sticking to this guide will give you the rough size your home needs. However, it won’t be as accurate as getting a professional recommendation.

Why the Size of Your AC Unit Matters

Does the size of your AC unit really make that much of a difference? After all, as long as it cools down the house, that’s all that matters, right?

Not quite. Here’s a quick look at why the size of your AC unit is important.

If it’s too Big 

If you buy an AC unit that’s too big for your house, you’ll end up paying for energy you aren’t using. Too large of an AC unit will cause the system to cycle too quickly, which will not allow it to dehumidify properly. This will make your energy bill much more expensive than it needs to be.

If it’s too Small 

If your AC unit is too small, it won’t be able to cool down your house. You’ll be spending money on a unit that doesn’t do its job.

How Big of an AC Unit Do I Need?

So how big of an AC unit do I need?

If you’re still asking yourself this question, you should get in touch with a professional HVAC contractor. They’ll be able to tell you what size you should buy and install in your home.

Not sure who to call? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.