1 . Manufacturers express the cooling capacity of an air conditioning system in KW (Kilowatts) or Frigories, the latter being the most common way. There are also those who use the BTU (British Thermal Unit). In the case of Cold / Heat, the ability to deliver heat is measured in KW or Kcal (Kilocalories).
2 . The most common capacities for home equipment are 2,200, 3,000, 4,500, 5,000, and 6,000 frigories, although this may vary by manufacturer. The best-selling category in our country at 3000.
3. Air equipment is classified according to its capacity. In the specifications of each piece of equipment, you will find the value of the capacity followed by the letter F (cold only) or FC (cold/heat). For example, 4500 frigories F/C is a 4500 frigories Cold Heat unit.
4. The most suitable capacity for your environment does not only depend on the size of the room: the height of the ceiling, the number, and size of the windows, the orientation, the amount of light that enters, the level of thermal insulation with regarding the outside, the number of people who regularly use the room and the number of electrical appliances in the room. And obviously, the ambient temperatures of the area where you live, both in summer and winter, are a fundamental factor.
5. It is very important that you choose a team according to your environment. A very small piece of equipment will work continuously and in a forced way, with great energy consumption and naturally, this implies greater wear. Unnecessarily large equipment, in addition to representing a greater investment, will also not work optimally due to the continuous starts and stops that it will be doing when reaching the programmed temperature very quickly.
6. If you are installing equipment for the first time, the idea is to do a Thermal Balance in the room with a specialized technician, who will take the necessary measurements to determine the optimal capacity. Some brands provide the service if you can’t do it with an installer.