Choosing The Right Air Conditioner For Your Reno Home

Choosing the most efficient air conditioner for your Reno home can be tricky.  You will want a Reno air conditioning unit that can stand up to the blistering Reno summer heat, but is not so powerful that it becomes inefficient.  One truth that is often overlooked is that air conditioners that are too large for the cooling space will lower the room temperature faster than they will remove humidity, leaving your air conditioned Reno home feeling cold and clammy.

On the other end of the spectrum, air conditioners that are too small for their cooling space will never be able to lower the room temperature!  Many people purchase cheap air conditioners that are too weak for the cooling space thinking that it will just turn on more often.  While this might be true, most underpowered air conditioners will never turn off.  They will never be able to lower the room temperature, and will run endlessly.

The trick to purchasing the best Reno air conditioner is in calculating the square footage of the cooling area and comparing it to the cooling capacity of the units available.  Cooling capacity is measured in BTUs.  Use the convenient chart below to find out which cooling capacity rating is right for you.

Area To Be Cooled (square feet) Capacity Needed (BTUs per hour)
100 up to 150 5,000
150 up to 250 6,000
250 up to 300 7,000
300 up to 350 8,000
350 up to 400 9,000
400 up to 450 10,000
450 up to 550 12,000
550 up to 700 14,000
700 up to 1,000 18,000
1,000 up to 1,200 21,000
1,200 up to 1,400 23,000
1,400 up to 1,500 24,000
1,500 up to 2,000 30,000
2,000 up to 2,500 34,000

As always, be sure to account for additional factors, such as excessive sunlight in a given area of your home.  If in doubt, contact Mt. Rose Heating and Air Conditioning to receive an expert opinion before you buy.  We perform Reno air conditioner installation and repair services, so contact us today and we will make sure that your Reno home air conditioning is efficient and effective this summer!

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