3 February 2020

Tips to Select The Right/Best Air Conditioner Size

Tips to Select The Right/Best Air Conditioner Size | Daikin Malaysia

When it comes to investing in an air conditioner in Malaysia, choosing the right size is one of the most important decisions you will make. Buying a small unit will be too underpowered to cool your room.

Buying an oversized unit, on the other hand, will cool the room quickly, but will inefficiently cycle on and off, consuming more electricity and costing you extra money.

The truth is that if you don’t know anything about air conditioners, buying the right system is hard. However, knowing a few details will make buying the right size fairly easy.

First, you should know that there are two types of air conditioning systems that most people will likely buy for their home and office in Malaysia. They are either the single-split wall mounted or the ceiling mounted AC.

The single-split air conditioner comes in two units: the outdoor and the indoor unit. The outdoor unit as the name implies, is installed outside. While the indoor unit is installed inside the home. It contains the cooling coil, long blower and filter.

For the ceiling ACs, the body is usually hidden within the ceiling with just the detachable covering left to be visible.

Now that you have a basic idea of the most popular air conditioner types, let’s discuss tips to get the right/best size for your home.

1. Measure the size of the Room

The first step is to know the size of the room you’ll be installing the AC. The larger an AC, the more powerful it is, so you can’t hope to fit a huge AC in a tiny space.

Assuming you have many rooms in your home, measure each room separately – noting how long and wide the room is, and how tall the ceilings are.

Another thing to note is the rooms that get a lot of sun during the day. These rooms will also get hotter and this is something you should factor in.

2. Calculate

This is usually considered a difficult part of choosing an AC. The power of an AC is determined by the number of BTUs (British Thermal Units).

Factors such as high ceilings will require additional cooling power. In this case, it’s highly recommended to plan for 10 percent more above the standard BTU level. If you live in a country with a warmer climate (such as Malaysia), add on between extra 10-20 percent BTUs per room.

Moreover, kitchens need more cooling power. This is because cooking adds heat to the kitchen. An extra 4000 BTU to the recommended size for an air conditioning unit in your kitchen.

To find out the BTU required by your home, no sweat, simply use our head load calculator at https://www.daikin.com.my/heat-calculator/

3. Figure Out How Many Air Conditioners You Need

Assuming you have figured out how many BTUs you need. At this point, you might think you just need to head to the store and choose the cheapest AC with the required number of BTUs.

Don’t do that! The right thing to do is to consider how many air conditioners you need. For instance, to cool your balcony, the main purpose of choosing a multi split model is to save the balcony space and increase the energy efficiency if more than two units are to be installed in the entire house.

4. Buy that AC

At this point, you should have figured out how many ACs you need and BTUs that are necessary for each one – visit your nearest Daikin authorized dealer.

There are many stores in Malaysia where you can find a wide selection of Daikin air conditioners, including our latest model, Daikin SMARTO.

Please feel free to locate your nearest dealer at: https://daikin.com.my/locate-dealer/

In a Nutshell

With proper measurements and calculations, you will be able to determine the square footage of your room and make the wisest choice for your next aircon. If you still have doubts, please feel free to get in touch with us on our website. 

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