Keeping the indoor climate in your home at an appropriate temperature can be key to maintaining your quality of life. Hot weather is wonderful outside but being able to take a break inside where it’s nice and cool, to recharge and rest can do wonders.

You may think that installing a new air conditioner requires making a payment and hiring a technician, however, it’s important to consider how much air conditioning you need first.

By jumping in without doing your research you can end up installing a system that’s too big or too small for your home. This can result in rooms that run too cool or that don’t get cooled down enough, or units that are too expensive to run. Ensuring you have the right size air conditioner for your home is crucial.

Hiring air conditioning installers and buying a system is a large investment. You want to strike that sweet spot to attain maximum comfort. Remember, bigger isn’t always better.

Calculating How Much You Need

When looking for Brisbane air conditioning, there are some factors you’ll want to consider. How big is your home? Is it large and sprawling or is it a smaller home? Do you want to provide air conditioning to all of your rooms, or just some?

In general, there are two types of air conditioners, one for each situation:

Ducted air conditioning provides you with a large system that runs throughout your entire home and it is hidden.

Split system air conditioning uses two separate units to cool your home and involves an internal wall unit that sits strategically in one particular room. This type of system is best for smaller homes, and it can do a good job of cooling just one room or the entire home, depending on the size of your home.

Beyond this, you will want to estimate how much air conditioning capacity you need.  This will vary considerably depending on the size of your room(s), the type of insulation you have in your home, and the location and orientation of your home.

To start, calculate the area of the rooms you wish to keep cool. (Ideally, you can calculate the volume, but the area will do). Remember that rooms with taller ceilings will require more air conditioning.

Next, consider which way your house is facing. Do most of your windows sit on the north or west side? Do you get a lot of sun, or is your home shaded? These factors will influence how hot your home becomes in summer and how much cooling you may need.

There are calculators available online to help you determine how big an air conditioning unit you need, such as that provided by Fairair.

Roof Insulation Really Matters

Next, check your roof. Yes, your insulation counts! Check to see if your home has insulation in the roof and if so, how much. If it doesn’t, you may want to think about investing in some. An insulated home will stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. A room that’s 30 meters squared with no roof insulation located in Sydney and used by two people will require 1.2kW more air conditioning capacity than the same room with roof insulation. Invest now to save money later!

Finding the Right Balance

The key to purchasing the right size of air conditioner for your home is finding that sweet spot. Too much air conditioning can make it feel too cold. This results in wasted money and more wear and tear on your system. In contrast, too little results in warm rooms and an air conditioning unit that dries out and has to run on maximum output more frequently.

We at Southside Air Conditioning & Electrical are here to provide you with the best in Brisbane air conditioning. Our air conditioning servicing comes with almost two decades of experience, and a quality team of professionals. Contact us at Southside Air Conditioning & Electrical today to learn more.