What Are Air Conditioning BTU’s?

When your air conditioner is working, you probably don’t give it a lot of thought. You may not consider all the information available on the various labels on the unit. The numbers may as well be a foreign language. The information, such as BTUs, is vital to help you know your air conditioner’s efficiency and output.

BTUs: Air Conditioner Cooling Ability

“BTU” stands for “British thermal unit” and represents the amount of energy needed to heat a pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. When you see this number on heaters, it’s pretty straightforward. It’s simply how much heat output the furnace has. In air conditioners, however, BTUs indicate how much heat they can remove from the air.

How Many BTUs Does Your AC Need?

The number of BTUs needed to effectively cool a room in your home is dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • The amount of square feet in the room
  • The number of windows
  • How high the ceiling is
  • Climate of the region

The first item, the size of the room, is the most important. You can easily calculate the number of BTUs needed by multiplying the room’s square footage by 25; it takes 25 BTUs to cool down a square foot of space. A 100 square foot room with standard 8-foot-high ceilings would need at least 2,500 BTUs to cool effectively. If you have high ceilings, then you’ll want to increase that number by 25%. The experienced technicians at [company name] can help you calculate the BTUs for your entire home.

Your Air Conditioner Experts in Peoria

For over 35 years, Fritch Heating & Cooling, Inc. has been Peoria’s choice for AC experts. We service and repair all major brands of air conditioners. Our expert technicians will work with you to find the perfect air conditioner for your home and give you a personalized estimate. We also install and repair furnaces, perform indoor air quality services, and offer 24-hour emergency repair.

Whether it’s routine maintenance or a new installation, call Fritch Heating & Cooling, Inc. today for all your air conditioning needs!