How to Ensure You Get the Right Size Air Conditioner

Air conditioning is not optional here in the South, it’s a necessity, particularly during July and August when the temperatures can reach the triple digits. However, if your system is on its last legs, or if you’re building a new home and investing in an AC system for the first time, you’ll need to ensure that you get the right size air conditioner in Macon, GA. How do you do that? Read on to find out.

The Size of Your Home

The most important consideration when choosing an air conditioner for your home, other than the location and peak summertime temps, is the size of your home. In Macon, we know that summer temps can creep very high, often as high as what they experience in Texas or Arizona, so you’ll need maximum cooling potential. So, that leaves your square footage. The size of your air conditioner is directly proportional to the size of your home.

Air Conditioner Sizes

Before we delve too much further into choosing the right size, we need to talk about what the various sizes mean. Air conditioner units are sized by the ton, which is not a measure of system weight but its cooling capacity. A one-ton unit can cool 12,000 BTUs. Units are sold in half-ton increments from a single ton up to five tons. Very large homes may require two air conditioners (or more) working at the same time, as residential units are not available over five tons in size.

Choosing Your Size

In the Macon area, you’ll most likely want to opt for a 2-ton unit or higher. In Region 1 (the climate zone for Macon), a 2-ton unit can cool a home up to 1,200 square feet. Of course, the chances are good that your home is larger than that. If your home is 1,500 square feet, you’ll need a 2.5-ton system. If it is 1,800 square feet, you’ll need a 3-ton system. Homes up to 2,100 square feet will require 3.5-ton units, while a 4-ton unit will be necessary for homes between 2,101 square feet and 2,400 square feet. Finally, a 5-ton unit can cool homes up to 3,000 square feet.

Not sure what size you need? Unsure whether your existing duct work is in good condition? Want to make sure that you’re getting the most capacity for the best price? We can help. Call Hammond Services at 770-227-5325 to get the right air conditioner in Macon, GA.

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