Did you know that choosing an air conditioner model with the correct power is essential for it to be able to cool or heat a room? Because of this, it is necessary to keep an eye on the number of BTUs that a device offers – usually, this is indicated on the device box itself. BTU is nothing more than the acronym for British Thermal Unit and it is what determines the cooling power of your air conditioner.
To better understand how the ideal air conditioning capacity is calculated, it is necessary to know that 1 BTU is the amount of cold needed to reduce the temperature of half a liter of water by 0.56°C. To dimension the measure for physical spaces, in m², a calculation is made taking into account the density and weight of the water. In practice, this will be affected by the size of the space where your air conditioner will be installed. The more BTUs it has, the greater the room that the device will cool.
But that’s not all – the amount of BTUs in the air conditioner varies depending on the sun in the room and the use of electronic devices.
How to Choose the Best Air Conditioning Device?
In general, for smaller rooms, up to 12 square meters, the most recommended are appliances with 9,000 BTUs. For rooms measuring 30 square meters, 24,000 BTUs. For large spaces, with up to 70 square meters, 58,000 BTUs. But, of course, this is just an estimate and can vary depending on other factors as well, such as the amount of sun in the room and the number of people who live or work there.
It is always best to discuss this matter with an air conditioning professional. An expert can help you choose the ideal device, the amount of units for each room and also indicate the best places for installation.
Right Choice Is Essential
Understanding which appliance is right for your needs is important to make sure it will be able to cool or heat your room. On the other hand, it is also not recommended to choose a model with more power than necessary. That’s because if the air conditioning power is too high, it can increase electricity consumption. Also, check out other tips to consume less energy when using the air conditioner:
- Choose a model with an Inverter or Dual Inverter motor, which consumes up to 60% less energy than conventional appliances;
- Use Sleep Mode at night. It guarantees therml comfort without consuming too much light;
- Keep doors and windows tightly closed, to prevent cold air from “escape” from the room;
- Remember to clean the filter frequently to avoid overloading the device.
Vancouver Air Conditioning: Installation and Maintenance
With all these tips, now you know the basics on how to choose the ideal air conditioner unit. If your intention is to have a device installed, perform maintenance or even replace your devices with more modern models, please contact us. We can help you make the best choices and we also have professionals trained to install and maintain appliances.