Why Size Matters When it Comes to Air Conditioners

Why Size Matters When it Comes to Air Conditioners

 Thursday, June 22, 2017 |  Views:725 |  Posted by: James Hayden |  Reading Time: 1 Minute |  Article Tags: 

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When it comes to choosing how to find the right sized air conditioner for your home, there are a few different ways to get an idea of what sized central air conditioner you’ll need.  While it may seem like an issue without much consequence, there is a lot to consider and be aware of when it comes to choosing the right size. 

Before figuring out what size air conditioner is right for your home, you’ll need to know a few things about sizing and what it means to have the right sized conditioner for your home. While there are indeed different sizes, some simple measuring terminology should be know first.

What is a ton?

Central air conditioners come in a variety of sizes, and the size they are measured in is called “tonnage.”  A “ton” is a measure of an air conditioner’s ability to cool your building of choice.  

Most central air conditioners installed in homes range from 1.5-ton to 5-ton units and increase in half-ton increments.   

Why Does the Right Sized Central Air Conditioner Matter So Much?


Like the butt of many jokes in life, the size of your air conditioner does matter when it comes to finding the right one for your home.  While the immediate thought on this matter is that "bigger is better", that is not the case. This may have been true a few decades ago when air conditioners were staples in homes that had cheaper electricity and poor (by today's standards) installation.

Today, energy efficiency is found in nearly every product, including air conditioners. Modern air conditioners run in cycles, slowly but steadily lowering the temperature of your house instead of rapidly blasting cool air all at once. This means not having the right size in your home can seriously hamper it's performance and your energy costs.

In our next post, we will discuss what to do when it comes to different sizes and what to do if your home has a central unit not fit for you.

If you need help with your air conditioner or if you have any questions regarding size or age, we're here to help! Contact us at at (219) 309-9314 or email at info@elicohvac.com. We'd love to hear from you! 


James Hayden

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