How Much Space Can a 2-Ton Air Conditioning Unit Cool?


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A 2-ton air conditioning unit is capable of cooling between 800 and 2,000 square feet of interior space. A building's energy efficiency, including air leaks, insulation and shading, and the climate it's located in impact how many tons of air conditioning are needed to cool it down.

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The cooling capability of a central air conditioning units is measured in tonnage. A 1-ton unit can push out cool air at a rate of roughly 400 to 1,000 cubic feet per minute. Window air conditioners are generally labeled in British Thermal Units, or BTUs. A 12,000-BTU unit is the same as a 1-ton air conditioning unit.

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