Which factors affect the capacity of your air conditioner?
When choosing an air conditioning system, it is important to determine the required cooling capacity. A system with too little capacity can offer disappointing results, while a system that is overqualified often consumes too much energy for the job at hand. Figuring out the perfect capacity is a balancing act – because in addition to the surface area of the room, there are other important factors that influence the room temperature.
The degree of insulation of the room is especially important. New residential buildings are often insulated so well that they only need extra cooling.
Number of people
People generate about 120W/h of heat. So the number of people using the space has an impact on the temperature. Both at home and in the office.
And maybe even most importantly, the ideal temperature differs from person to person: some like it cool, while others like it hot – or something in between.
All of these factors need to be taken into account when choosing the right capacity for your air conditioner.
In recent years, large areas of glass are being used more frequently in new buildings. Even with solar protective glazing, temperatures rise when the sun shines in.
We have an increasing number of electrical appliances in our homes and offices. Computers, printers and photocopiers are all present in modern life and they generate a large heat load. Lighting too gives off a lot of heat.