In order for an air conditioner to function properly in a 2000 square foot space, you need a unit with about 40 000 BTU capacity.
There are many air conditioners available on the market and this can make it difficult to know what air conditioner size, brand, and type is the right one for your space.
Fortunately, if you already know how big your space is, in this case 2000 square feet, you can determine the BTU capacity that your air conditioner should have, which is the first step.
You also need to consider the unit’s tonnage, seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating, and the type of air conditioner that you need.
Getting the right air conditioner for your space
Air conditioning units are a great way to cool down your home, office, and other spaces to make them more comfortable for the people living and working in this space.
However, there are so many different types, brands, sizes, and styles of air conditioners that it can be overwhelming to find and choose the one that is perfectly suited to your space.
Air conditioners use a lot of power to cool your space, so it is important to find one that is energy-efficient and has the proper capacity for the space that you want to cool down.
How many BTU air conditioner for 2000 square feet?
BTU or British Thermal Unit is a unit that measures how much energy is required to heat one pound of water to one degree Fahrenheit.
This means that the BTU value displayed next to an air conditioner’s name represents the amount of power that the air conditioner uses to remove heat from a room.
This should tell you, then, that the larger your room is, the larger the BTU value of your air conditioner should be.
However, as important as it is to find an air conditioner that is powerful enough to cool your space, it is also important that you do not choose an air conditioner that is too powerful for your space.
As a general rule of thumb, you will need about 20 BTUs for every one square foot of your space for your air conditioner to operate optimally. If you have a 2000 square foot space, this would mean that you need an air conditioner with at least 40 000 BTUs.
However, this is not the only specification that you need to consider, tonnage and SEER rating are also important, as well as determining the kind of air conditioner that is best for your specific space.
Why buying an air conditioner with the right BTU matters
An air conditioner’s BTU can range from lower values like this GE Window Air Conditioner, which only has 5000 BTU and can cover a space that is about 150 square feet, to higher BTUs like this KEYSTONE Window Wall Air Conditioner, which is 25 000 BTU and can cool spaces of up to 1500 square feet.
It is crucial that you do not buy an air conditioner with a BTU that is too low for the size of your space, because this will make the machine have to overwork itself to cool down all of that air, which could cause damage to your air conditioner.
Buying an air conditioner with a BTU that is too high is also not a good idea, as the machine may end up using more power than it has to, which will increase your electricity bill unnecessarily.
Other specifications to consider
When you are considering air conditioners for a larger, 2000 square foot space, you may also want to look at other specifications, like tonnage and the unit’s SEER ratings.
The tonnage of your air conditioner is measured in BTU as well, but this term is often used to describe larger air conditioners.
1 Ton is equal to 12000 BTU, so for a 2000 square foot space, you should consider 3.5 ton air conditioners, like this Bryant Legacy 3.5 ton 14 SEER Air Conditioner.
The SEER rating measures how energy-efficient your air conditioner is. The higher the unit’s rating is, the more money you will save on your electricity bill.
What type of air conditioner is best for 2000 square foot spaces?
Although window and portable air conditioners work effectively for smaller spaces, for a larger space, like a 2000 square foot space, ductless mini-split or built-in units will work most effectively.
These units, like this Goodman Air Conditioner, which has 40 000 BTU, is 3 Ton, and has a 14 SEER capacity, have enough power to cool a 2000 square foot space with an average height ceiling in a reasonable time frame and without burning out the machine.