What are BTUs & Why Do They Matter?

BTU is a common term that you may have come across when shopping for a portable AC unit.  The British Thermal Unit (BTU) appears in many product descriptions and names. The BTU is a standard unit that is used to measure heat energy. Precisely, it measures the quantity of heat energy required to raise 1 pound of water 1ºF at sea level.

In AC installation, the measurement is usually expressed in terms of how many BTUs per hour a given AC unit product can add or remove from the air. However, in heat pump installation and furnace installation, the specific BTU number usually represents the heat output of a particular unit. The number is directly related to the amount of heat the unit can produce. This means that the higher the number, the more heat the heat pump system or furnace can produce.

The size of the product does not dictate the number on it. Even on smaller heat pump systems or AC units in Lumpkin, GA, the BTU number can be higher. Again, the bigger your home, the higher the number of BTU you will want since it implies that the heating or cooling unit will be able to provide more heated or cooled air.

How Many BTUs Do You Require for your Home?

Usually, the power you will need in your home will depend on some factors such as:

  • The size of your home
  • The type and quality of insulation
  • The height of the ceiling
  • The type and size of your windows

Why Are BTUs Important?

Typically, not all radiators will be manufactured equally meaning that if you get a radiator with a wrong level of BTU, it may fail to heat up your home as required. The aftermath will be high energy bills. This is where BTUs calculation comes in.

Calculating the BTUs required to heat or cool a room will provide you with an appropriate number of radiators that will be needed to accomplish the task. If the value of your BTU is too high than required, you will end up wasting more money on energy bills.

On the other hand, if the value is too small, you may never heat or cool your home to the expected standard. You may soon be forcing your boiler into overdrive to achieve the desired temperature. A typical home requires BTU units ranging from 60,000 to 80,000.

For more information on the BTU, or if you would like to know what is the best one for your home, contact Certified Service today!