In areas such as Calgary, Alberta, it is very important for homeowners to have dependable heating and air conditioning systems. If your system is not performing to your satisfaction, you might be considering an upgrade. Before you commit to an HVAC upgrade, though, you should become familiar with some key terms used for such projects.
BTU – British Thermal Unit. This is a measurement that determines the amount of heat used to increase or decrease the temperature of a pound of water by a single degree Fahrenheit. In an hour’s time, the amount of heat energy is measured in BTU/h (BTU per hour).
Kilowatt (kw) – This is a measurement of power. A watt is one unit of power, and a kilowatt is 1000 watts.
Ton – This is a measurement of cooling capacity. You can equate a ton to 3.5kw or 12,000 BTU/h.
SEER – This is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. For an entire cooling season, SEER is used to gauge the efficiency of an air conditioner. SEER is based on a climate where the average temperature is 28°C.
Another very important key term is EXPERIENCE. For the best help with an air conditioning upgrade, check with the experienced professionals at Arpi’s. They can help you determine what upgrade works best for your home and your budget.
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