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What Size AC Do I Need in Tampa?


Ready to upgrade the air conditioning in your Tampa home but not sure what size to get? Choosing the right size for your air conditioning system is more critical than many homeowners realize. Selecting the ideal size for your AC can mean the difference between long-lasting, efficient cooling capacity and a system that falls short of expectations. At All American Home Services, our team has helped demystify the air conditioning installation process by providing a complete guide on picking the best size for your Florida family’s AC unit.

Why Does Air Conditioner Size Matter for Florida Homes?

When it comes to air conditioning, the size of your system is one of the most critical components. Buying the wrong size air conditioner can have serious consequences for your home comfort. Choose a unit that is too small, and your system will run nonstop, never meeting your desired indoor temperature. With an air conditioner that’s too big, you could experience:

  • Increased energy expenses
  • Uneven cooling in your home
  • Shorter system life span

There are many factors to consider when selecting the best size air conditioner for your Tampa-area home. Understanding each of these will help you make the right decision when choosing the system that’s best for your needs.

Determining the Best Size for Your Tampa AC Unit

Air conditioner capacity is measured in tons, with a ton representing how much heat each unit can eliminate in an hour. To find the correct tonnage for your home, you need to consider both the square footage of your home and the climate where you live. Florida’s warmer climate demands a higher tonnage to efficiently remove heat from larger residences.

With the tropical climate seen in Tampa, achieving year-long comfort can be challenging when the wrong size air conditioner is in place. The following illustrates how the typical AC installed in a Florida home will perform based on the square footage of your indoor space:

Square Footage Ideal AC Tonnage
600 – 900 square feet 1.5 tons
901 – 1200 square feet 2 tons
1201 – 1500 square feet 2.5 tons

As you can see, each additional half-ton of cooling capacity results can comfortably cool off 300 additional square feet of space. The pattern continues up to units with a 5-ton capacity, capable of cooling 2401 – 3000 square feet of indoor living space.

Trust All American Home Services with Your AC Installation Needs!

If you’re still unsure about what size air conditioner is best for your Tampa home, All American Home Services has the HVAC team you need to help you make the right decision. Performing a Manual J load calculation, our expert team will take the following factors into account to make an expert recommendation on which of our cooling systems is best for your home:

  • Square footage of your home
  • Home layout
  • Roofing type and condition
  • Ceiling height
  • Size and location of rooms
  • Number of windows
  • Shade from roof and walls
  • Quality of home insulation
  • Condition and quality of ductwork
  • And much more

Allow our team to find the perfect match for your Tampa home’s cooling needs. Schedule air conditioning installation with our team today!

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Had some issues at 9pm with my ac acting weird and this company had someone out in less then 30 minutes and it was a simple fix ! Great company , great workers and fast service.

– Charlene Knight

Technicians and staff are well trained, knowledgeable and easy to work with. I'm very happy with services they provided. Always my first call.

– Russy Persad

I was very pleased with the awesome service I received my technician ( Dalton ) was extremely knowledgeable, professional, considerate and explained everything very well, I would highly recommend this company!!!

– Wayne Goldhammer

We had questions concerning our AC unit and the tech came out and checked everything and answered all the questions we had. We called early in the day and got service the same day. Will be using them again in the future.

– Raylin C.

Great people. Very informative. Would definitely recommend and use this company again!

– Nicole Epps

The technician, Dalton, was on time and very knowledgable. He was able to tell me a lot about my unit and explain everything to me. Their price was much more fair than those that I've paid in the past. Excellent customer service, highly recommended!

– John Decoster