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
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
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
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.