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Will An Air Conditioner With A Higher BTU Cool My Room Faster?

If you want to maintain the right temperature in a particular room, it is important to choose the right room air conditioner for your home. You need to consider the size of the room and its purpose before making your decision to buy an air conditioning unit.

What BTU’s Have To Do With Properly Cooling Your Room

It’s important to match the room size to the BTU rating so that the air conditioner will be able to cool the room properly.

BTU: British Thermal Unit

Will an Air Conditioner Higher BTU Cool my Room Faster - CoolBreezeCSBefore you can make a decision about an air conditioner for a particular room in your home, you will need to know more about BTUs (British Thermal Units). A BTU is an international measure of energy that is used to describe the amount of heat needed to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.

In the heating and cooling industry, BTUs are used to measure the amount of heat that an air conditioning unit can remove from a room per hour. As the BTU rating on a particular unit increases, the size, weight and cost also goes up.

Recommended BTU By Room Size

If you are looking for an air conditioner for a room measuring say 10’ x 15’ (150 square feet), the recommended BTU range is up to 5400. If your room is 10’x 20’ (200 square feet), you’d need to look at a 6,000 BTU unit. Once you get into 340 and 400 square feet per room, you’d need an 8,000 or 9,000 BTU air conditioner, respectively.

Kitchens need more cooling power, since you’ll be operating the oven, which adds heat to the room. Add an additional 4000 BTU to the recommended size for an air conditioning unit in your kitchen.

High ceilings or unusual floor plans also require additional cooling power, which means you should plan for another 10 percent above the standard BTU level. Living in a warmer climate also means you need to add on between 10-20 percent more BTUs per room.

Air Conditioner Size And Cooling Ability

So you’re still wondering if an air conditioner with a higher BTU will cool your room faster, right? Read on:

If your air conditioner has a bigger BTU rating than the room size needs, it will cycle off too quickly, waste energy, and will not adequately dehumidify the space. So a higher BTU than needed is definitely not recommended.

Installing an air conditioner that is too small for the space is also not recommended, since it will run continuously. It will not be powerful enough to cool the space adequately.

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3 Interesting And Helpful FAQs About Your Heater

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When your home’s furnace is working properly, you may not give it much thought. However, when it is not performing efficiently or has stopped working, your heating system is brought to the forefront of your attention. Check out the answers to these interesting and helpful FAQs to learn about your heating system.

FAQs About Your Heater

1. Why Does My Heater Keep Shutting Off?

Helpful FAQ's About Your Heater - Cool Breeze Comfort SolutionsIn most cases when your furnace is shutting on and off, it’s due to a problem called short cycling. If it is not diagnosed and corrected promptly, it could not only end up costing you more in heating costs but could lead to permanent damage.

If you notice that your furnace is short cycling, a dirty air filter may be the culprit. If the filter hasn’t been cleaned or changed recently, warm air cannot pass through it easily.

You can help prevent this issue by changing the air filter regularly. It should be changed at the start of each season and checked monthly in between changes. Put a reminder on your calendar or electronic device so that you do not forget.

The problem may also be caused by a faulty thermostat. Make sure that it is set to an accurate setting and not too close to another heat source or located in direct sunlight before assuming the heating unit needs to be repaired.

Other causes of short cycling include an improperly sized heating system for your home, a corroded flame sensor, or a foreign object lodged in the air vent or the chimney.

The best recommendation is to schedule a service appointment with one of our licensed technicians to have the issue properly diagnosed and repaired.

2. How Are Heaters Rated?

Furnaces, water heaters and boilers are rated using a thermal energy efficiency measure called Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). It is pronounced “A-FEW”. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient the heat-producing unit will be.

In the case of a natural gas furnace or boiler, typical AFUE numbers would be as follows:

  • Conventional: 55-65%
  • Mid-efficiency: 78-84%
  • Condensing: 90-97%

3. Can I Use An Extension Cord With My Space Heater?

If you are using an electric space heater, you should never use an extension cord to plug it into a power source. Doing so puts you at risk for causing a house fire due to the extra wattage that they carry and the amount of amperage that they use.

You can use a space heater in your home as long as you plug it into a separate outlet on your wall. If the fuse blows or the circuit breaker trips on the circuit that you are plugged into, unplug the heater and try another circuit.

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