# Measuring the Volume of an Air Conditioner

Before you install a new air conditioner, you’ll definitely want to make sure it has the air volume for your particular square footage to do the job. First, you ought to know your individual needs and what specific factors apply to your needs. So, before comprehending air conditioner volume measurement, you should be aware of how much volume is necessary for your circumstance. Next, you’ll need to get a good handle on the way air conditioner volume is measured by understanding the four basic methods of volume measurement.

#### Step One – Know the size of the room

The first thing you’ll want to do is measure the size of the room where this new air conditioner will be installed.

#### Step Two – Consider the traffic

Think about how many people usually occupy a room. Your needs will be different if it’s a busy kitchen, as opposed to a person’s bedroom.

#### Step Three – Consider how air gets in and out

You’ll also want to be aware of the number of doors and windows in this proposed room.

#### Step Four – Think about insulation

If this room has insulation in its walls and/or windows, this will factor into the air conditioner volume.

#### Step Five – Consider other appliances

If there are other appliances in the room, these too will affect air conditioner volume.

#### Step Five – Know the basic units of measurement

There are four basic units manufacturers utilize to rank the capacity of air conditioners. These include British thermal units, watts and kilowatts, tons of refrigeration and horsepower. The British thermal unit is the most common method of measuring cooling capacity for air conditioners. Watts and kilowatts, however, are metric system measurement devices. If it’s easier for you to work with BTUs (British Thermal Units), apply the following conversion equation: 1 watt = 3.4 British Thermal Units. Here’s what you need to know about tons of refrigeration: One ton of refrigeration can take away the measure of heat that is required to melt a ton of ice in a one-day period. Or to put it in an equation format, 1 ton refrigeration == 2888000 British Thermal Units. Lastly, horsepower is the measure of power necessary to operate the refrigeration unit of an air conditioner. Air conditioner horsepower can range from ½ to 3,000.

Now that you have an understanding of what environmental factors go into measuring air conditioner volume, as well as the four basic units of measurement, you are better prepared to choose the air conditioner with the right volume for your needs. Lastly, be sure your house can handle the wattage of the air conditioner you choose. Because, if you select an air conditioner with lower capacity than you need, the room will never become completely cooled. However, it you get something that is more powerful than necessary, you’re wasting money. Furthermore, in the case of the latter, the room’s humidity won’t be lessened because the air conditioner may not be necessitated to operate long enough, and thus would not be taking in moisture from the room. If you know what you’ll need, and how to measure air conditioner volume capacity, you’ll be set to go.