Which Size Central Air System is Right for You?

The size of the central air conditioning system that you choose matters – and it matters a lot. Many of our customers are shocked to find out that they’ve got too much AC for their own good, or that the unit they have doesn’t stand a chance at cooling down their whole home. Unless you want to be back in the store buying a new unit or constantly on the phone with our HVAC repair specialists, you should know which size central air is right for you. Here are a few things to consider:

First, why is the right size important?

One thing is definitely true: a huge AC will cool down a room or home quickly. That’s why so many homeowners opt for big and powerful models. The problem is that when it cools down the home more quickly, it cycles on and off a lot, which in turn creates more wear and tear and energy bills for you. Larger-sized systems cost a ton of extra money to run and repair, so going too big is a bad idea. On the flip side, too small and you won’t have the power to cool down your home, and all of that work will be in vain.

Which factors should you consider for a central air unit?

There are a few things you need to take in mind. Obviously the space, climate, and makeup of your home are important. Here’s what our HVAC pros recommend:

  • Your home’s square footage- the size of the space you’re cooling is obviously an important factor. 1,000 or less? 14,000-18,000 BTU is the recommended guideline. 2,000 or more? You’ve got to with 34,000 BTU is the way to go.
  • Your climate- we all know what the climate is like the Toronto area, so no need to go into depth here. Just adjust based on your location in the GTA. If you think it doesn’t get as hot or that you don’t mind it that way, then go smaller.
  • Home layout- if you have more of an open plan, then it could change things. Consult with professionals.

The City Gas advantage

City Gas has proudly been serving Toronto for many years, and this has made us one of the go-to companies in the area for HVAC services. If you need help choosing a new system, repairing your current one, or installing one you’ve bought, then all you’ve got to do is contact us!