Replacing Your AC with the Right Sized Unit

In the heat of summer, it helps if your AC is working is functioning at its optimum capacity. If you are sweltering in your home, it may be time to call AC replacement Cincinnati OH. Homes that sit close to a river tend to suffer greatly from humidity and heat, so a working AC is essential.

Buy the Right Size AC Unit for Your Home

Your home’s AC may be working too hard for the space it must cool. If your home is too large, you may not have a unit that’s equipped to cool that much space. More than just space determines the size of the AC unit you will need to cool your home. The factors to consider are your home’s construction materials, the size of the rooms, the number of windows and the insulation used. Generally, the guidelines for AC units are as follows:

-2.5 tons cools 1,500 square feet of space.
-3 tons should adequately cool 1,800 square feet.
-3.5 tons will cool 2,100 square feet.
-Add 1/2 a ton for each 300 square feet the total square footage of the home. After reaching 5 tons, you’ll have to consider buying more than one unit. The largest unit available is 5 tons.

How Does BTU Correspond to Tons?

A 1.5 ton unit puts out 18,000 BTUs.
A 2 ton unit generates 24,000 BTUs.
A 2.5 ton AC unit creates 30,000 BTUs.
A 3 ton unit puts out 36,000 BTUs.
A 3.5 ton unit creates 42,000 BTUs.
A 4 ton unit makes 48,000 BTUs.
A 5 ton unit generates 60,000 BTUs.

Caring For Your AC Unit

Upon deciding what size unit you need to cool your home, you will want to test it right after it’s installation. Your technician has left your home and you’re just double checking. These are the things you should double check. First, check – is your electricity turned on. Make sure to turn on your gas furnace. The technician should have changed the air filters, but if not, you’ll need to change them regularly. If the thermostat is battery operated, change the batteries if needed. Check to see if someone has tripped the circuit breaker. If so flip it back on before trying your AC again. There may be an on/off switch on the indoor air handler unit; make sure it is on. Do the same for the outdoor unit. Check for a clog in the drain line.  You may need to flush the drain, or the pan may be full. If so unclog the drain and pour excess water out of the drain pan. If you have a safety switch in the pan under the AC; it can accidently get switched to cause leakage resulting in a huge puddle of water causing much damage to your home.

Your home is your castle, so when it comes to cooling it, get the best equipment to control the temperature. Plus, be sure to maintain that equipment following all the guidelines the manufacturer recommends.

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