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A Buying Guide For Air Conditioners

by Kaylee Craig

Buying an air conditioner can be a confusing task if you don't understand what you need. There are several different models and features that can make the entire process overwhelming. Air conditioners have a BTU rating which needs to be correct per square footage in order to properly cool a room down. This is a guide to purchasing air conditioners to make it easier for you and hopefully save you stress and money during the process.

Choosing a Type of Air Conditioner

There are two main types of air conditioners people pick from--window units and central air units. Window units are self-explanatory. The unit is designed to fit inside the window of a property. They can also be installed in the wall if a space is cut out in the correct size for the unit. Most people use window units if they cannot afford larger units or do not have the proper ventilation in place. They are also popular for small spaces, like a bedroom, instead of cooling down the entire property. Central air units use ventilation to shove cold air through the property and are usually more efficient at cooling down the entire property rather than just certain areas of the property. They are most expensive than window units, but the newest models have energy efficient features which can cut down costs.

Understanding BTU Ratings

The BTU (British Thermal Unit) rating is the amount of heat that the air conditioner can remove from a room based on the size of the room. It calculates the square foot of a room and determines the number of BTU you need. For instance, a room that is anywhere from 550 to 1,050 square feet will require an air conditioner with at least 12,000 to 18,500 BTU to properly cool down a room. Here is a complete guide of BTU ratings to use for your property.

Air Conditioner Care

Once you have purchased your air conditioner, it is important to properly maintain the unit to keep it operating in good condition. Here are some tips for caring for your unit:

  • Clean the filter on the air conditioner according to the manufacturer's manual that comes with the unit. If you neglect to keep the filter clean, the unit will run harder than it normally does and may damage the unit.
  • If you live in a region that experiences cold weather, you should properly winterize the unit each year. Window units can be removed and storage away until warmer weather. Central air units can be covered to protect them.

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Affordable Comfort Heating and Cooling.


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About Marcus Thompson

My name is Marcus Thompson and about 8 years ago I found myself raising 3 children on my own. Before becoming a single father, I was too busy in my corporate world to even realize my home was falling apart. However, as I began spending more time at home, I began to notice all of the issues that were quickly causing my home's value to decrease. I couldn't afford to hire a contractor to fix these issues, so little by little, I began learning how to fix these problems myself. Over the years, I became a dedicated DIY enthusiast who is capable of fixing any issue I may encounter in my home. Creating this website is my way of sharing everything I have learned over the years with other parents and homeowners so that they too can begin taking control of any issues they may experience with their home.