The average residential property owner spends around $9,000 a year on maintenance and home improvements. While owning a home can be expensive at times, it is still a great investment. Becoming familiar with the important systems a home has is the only way to spot repair issues early on.
Most homeowners rely heavily on their HVAC unit during the summer months. This unit helps to produce the cool air needed to combat rising outdoor temperatures. There will come a time when the HVAC unit your home has will need to be replaced.
Are you trying to figure out how big your replacement HVAC unit needs to be? If so, consider the helpful tips below.
Figure Out Your Home’s Square Footage
The first step in figuring out how big your replacement HVAC unit is assessing your home’s square footage. If you don’t already have this information in place, you can easily figure it out. All you need to do is take a tape measure and determine the length and widths of your home.
Once you have these two numbers, multiply them together. The number you get will be your home’s overall square footage. In some cases, you will have to go room by room to figure this out. Adding each room’s square footage together will provide you with the total square footage estimate you need.
Determining Base BTU
While most homeowners have heard the term “BTU” thrown around, many don’t know what it actually means. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. This is the unit of measurement used to determine the energy that is used to power a heating and cooling unit. In most cases, a home will require around 25 BTUs for heating and cooling.
Taking your square footage estimate and multiplying it by 25 will provide you with a base BTU measurement. If the ceilings in your home re over 8 feet high, you will need to multiply the base BTU measurement you have by 25 percent. With this information, you should have no problem choosing the right unit.
How to Know Your Existing Unit Needs to be Replaced
Investing money into an HVAC unit that is old and damaged is a bad idea. You will need to pay attention to a few warning signs to know when your existing HVAC unit needs to be replaced. These signs include things like:
- The unit is running all of the time.
- There are loud noises during operation.
- You are paying for repairs on a monthly or bi-weekly basis.
- The HVAC unit is over 10 years old.
If you are dealing with one more of the problems mentioned above, now is the time to take action. The money you pay for a new unit will be worth it considering the improve comfort and efficiency it will provide.
Hire Professional to Install the New Unit
Are you looking for professionals who can install your unit quickly and affordably? If so, contact the team at Veteran Air Conditioning. With over 20 years of experience under our belt, we can provide the quality HVAC repair, maintenance and installation services you need.