Skip navigation



Serving Southern Brazoria County

Size Your New Air Conditioner Before Installation

When it comes to air conditioning installation in Lake Jackson, TX, residents have plenty of services to call upon. But we pride ourselves on self-sufficiency here in Texas, and while you should always use a professional service to install a new system, it pays to educate yourself about the various factors involved. For instance, it’s usually a good idea to size your new air conditioner before installation. In so doing, you can save yourself a lot of time and money.

By “size” we mean the air conditioner’s power levels, as measured in British Thermal Units or BTUs. Generally speaking, you want a system that generates about 25 BTUs of power for every square foot of space in your home, but there are a number of variables in that equation. An efficient furnace with a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) doesn’t need as much power as one with a lower SEER rating, because it’s wasting less power in the process. In addition, if you have a lot of insulation in your home, you don’t need as much cooling power in your unit, while a home that gets a lot of sunlight – such as one with big picture windows that face west – might need a more powerful unit to account for the added heat.

Why is sizing so important? Because an improperly sized unit will waste a lot of energy. If it’s too small for the space, it won’t do the job adequately: running constantly without making your home cool. If it’s too large, it’s going to experience what we call “rapid cycling”: turning on and off far more often than it should. Air conditioners use much more energy turning on and off than they do while they’re running, which means that rapid cycling can cost you a lot in unnecessary energy (and bills).

In light of that, it’s not hard to see why you should size your new air conditioner before installation. And that’s where the experts at Switzerland Air can help. We handle all kinds of issues related to air conditioning installation, and Lake Jackson TX is just one of the areas we serve. We’ll find the right size air conditioner for you and ensure that your new unit is exactly the one you need! Give us a call today and schedule your next appointment.

Comments are closed.