How to Calculate the Right Unit Size for Your Home


When it comes to the size of your home’s HVAC unit, most homeowners have been told that bigger is better, but surprisingly, that is not always true. An air conditioning unit that is too large can lead to moisture issues inside your home. The larger system won’t run a long enough cycle to pull the humidity out of the air. The larger unit will also use more energy than is necessarily needed for your home. However, a unit that is too small won’t cool or heat your home to an even proper level, leading to discomfort and elevated energy bills when your system struggles to cool your home properly.

How do you find the right size ac unit for your home? To help answer that question, our team of skilled experts at Air Design have taken the time to create a checklist for you.

Measure the area

The very first step in finding the correctly sized unit is to measure the area you want cooled, whether you are just looking to air condition certain rooms of your residence, or the entire thing. Measure the length and width of each room, hallway, or space in your home. You can also often look at your mortgage or deed paperwork which will have your homes square footage listed. When taking these measurements, there is no need to include closets or an attic.


Determine square footage

Unable find your mortgage documents? Don’t worry, we can walk you through calculating it yourself. You will want to do this equation for each room. (Length times Width = SQFT) Then add each room together to get the total square footage of your household.


Calculate cooling power

The measure of how fast an air conditioning unit is able to cool the air is measured in BTUs per hour. In a warm climate like Pensacola, you will want roughly 30-35 BTUs per hour for every square foot of your homes space.


Have a professional come out to assist

When in doubt, you can also give us a call at 202-COOL. We will do all the measuring for you and fit your home with the perfect size unit. Our professionals are very friendly and will walk you through exactly what you need and offer fair pricing, upfront for your new unit. We don’t try to oversell, and we do quality work the first time.

Ways to Avoid Frozen Pipes

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Ways to Avoid Frozen Pipes

Most people move to the gulf coast, to take advantage of some of the best weather in the country. Our winters are almost non-existent, at least in comparison to the more northern states. However, we do dip into freezing temperatures occasionally. While these temperatures don’t usually last long, they can lead to frozen or cracked pipes. These can quickly turn into a emergency for you and your household. The average Floridian is usually prepared with hurricane go bags packed, tubes of sunscreen hidden away in every vehicle, and may even know the best way to deal with an alligator in the family pool. But because temperatures below 32 degrees rarely happen here, southern homeowners don’t usually worry about plumbing issues caused by winter weather. Our northern neighbors are more acquainted with these problems and have a yearly checklist they follow to mitigate the chances of a disaster.

In this article we will go over a few things you can do yourself to protect your home from frozen pipes during the colder nights this winter:


Get a Visual.

Has the padding around your sprinkler system worn thin? Have rodents eaten away at the insulation coating your pipes? Any pipes sticking out of the ground without insulation? Simply looking at the exposed parts of your homes plumbing system can reveal a lot about the condition of it.


Open Up.

Plumbing lines usually enter your house through an outside wall, usually a wall in the kitchen or a washroom. When cabinet doors are closed under the sink it can stay colder in the cabinet than in the rest of your home. Opening up the doors and allowing the warm air from your home to circulate into those spaces can help keep the pipes from freezing.


Get Covered.

For your outdoor pipes that don’t have any insulation make sure you insulate them with something. Even taping a towel around them can help prevent freezing. For outside spickets, you can buy winter covers from almost any hardware store.


Drip, Drip, Drip.

We’ve all heard the saying “moving water wont freeze” and while technically correct there is a bit more that goes into it. Turn on one or two faucets in the home so there is a small steady stream flowing.  This allows a flow of water through the pipes, that prevents ice from forming.


Too late they froze, what now?

You should turn off the water supply. Some homeowners have access to valves that will allow you to turn off the flow of water to specific sources. If you don’t have these valves, or don’t know where to access them, use your main shut-off valve and stop all water from flowing.


Call Air Design to the rescue! We are available 24/7 to come help with your frozen pipes should you need us call 202-COOL.


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The Advantages of HVAC Design-Build Teams in Pensacola, FL

As a business owner, you know all about efficiencies. That’s what streamlines your operation and keeps your company profitable. When you’re planning that new business building, be sure to consider the efficiencies of contracting with design-build teams in Pensacola, FL. It only makes sense to have the company that designs your HVAC system also install that system.

Whether you’re interested in heating or cooling services, it’s wise to have one company in charge of it all. This way, there’s consistency throughout the process. The designs to keep your building’s HVAC systems operating at peak efficiency go hand in hand with the purchase and installation of equipment. You also have a single point of accountability, which is essential when you have questions about progress.

Heating Services

Your operation’s people, products, and equipment need to experience comfortable temperatures. People and equipment can slow down when it’s cold, and the lack of heat may impact products. We design and install boiler systems that maintain the right temperature for your operation.

Cooling Services

The long, hot Florida summers make air conditioning a necessity. Look for design-build teams in Pensacola, FL, that you can count on for the entire process, from planning to installation. This simplifies the process because your cooling system’s designer knows how to best maintain your system and make repairs when necessary.

Benefits of a Fall Heating Tune Up

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With what can be called fall weather finally peaking around the corner, there are many of us who are taking this opportunity open to our windows and air out our homes. Whether you are taking this time to enjoy the crisp weather, enjoying an afternoon walk now that the kids are back in school, or you are excited about your morning pumpkin spice lattes, it is important for all of us to make sure that we are taking steps to properly prepare your home for the coming winter months. One of those checklist items is contacting a local heating service specialist like Air Design to come out to give your home’s heating system a professional tune up before our few freezing weeks of winter. What are some of the reasons you should do this, you may ask…

Common Signs of Plumbing Issues in Your Pensacola Home

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Your home’s plumbing is one of the most important things in your house, because of its daily use it will develop quite a bit of wear and tear for many different reasons. You can expect your Pensacola home to require plumbing repairs from time to time over the years. When these repairs come up, it’s important that you act fast before further issues develop. You can depend on Air Design to give you a fair price and honest assessment of your plumbing issues.

Signs That You Need an Air Conditioning Repair in Pensacola, Fl.

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With the hot summer months coming up on us, the most important thing you can maintain in your Pensacola home is a reliable air conditioning unit. There are many reasons your AC unit may not always be working at its best:

  • Units Age
  • Overuse/straining
  • Poor maintenance/not getting annual check ups
  • Improper installation


You may not be able to prevent all of these issues from affecting your AC, but you can fix any that arise with a professional air conditioning repair in Pensacola from Air Design.

You Could Be Putting Unnecessary Strain On Your Air Conditioner


During the sweltering summer months, it’s difficult to imagine living in your house without your air conditioning system. Your family depends on your AC during the summer months to maintain the cool comfort inside your home, but there are many homeowners who actually make more work for their systems without realizing it, and may even be causing problems that will eventually need someone like this Air Conditioning Oahu company to come out and fix for them. To help you make sure your protecting your AC unit, our HVAC techs have taken the time to put together this short list that identifies a number of common ways that you might be putting strain on your air conditioning system, and how you can fix it.