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    What air con do I need?

    I have 3 rooms that I would like to air condition.

    The smallest is about 15m2.

    The next size up is 22m2

    And the largest one is about 50m2.

    I have looked at the following brands.

    daiken, panasonic and LG.

    What is BTU? Is that the same as hp?

    I have been given prices on 18,000, 12,000 and 9,000 btu on the above brands. Can someone please translate this into english for me.

    Also what would you recommend I need in terms on BTU for the above sized rooms.

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    Go to an air con makers site, they usually have "calculators' As a guide to the cooling capacity required in British Thermal Units (BTU's), calculate the volume of your room ie length x width x height (in feet). As a general rule of thumb, each cubic foot of space requires 5 BTU's of cooling capacity, so you need to multiply the volume by 5.
    Then you have to consider windows etc -easy eh!

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    A BTU is a British Thermal Unit, is a measure of heat.

    The amount of heat that it takes to lower/raise I gallon of pure water 1 degree in 1 hour at sea level, I believe, been so damn long I really don't remember.
    In my bedroom I have a 12k BTU and in the diningroom which is open into the living room is a 25K BTU.
    But the company should have a chart with what they reccomend.
    But if you go to small then it will just run all the time and never cool it and if it is large enough then you will not be able to afford to run it now with the power prices up so high.
    When I got mine they ran all the time, 4000 baht a month,, now to run just during the day is 8K a month. So I only cool the bedroom at night.

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    1 ton
    1 1/2 ton
    3 ton or two 1 1/2 ton
    12,000BTU/hr = 1 ton

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    BTU = amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit
    BTU is a unit of energy
    BTU/hr is a unit of power
    one ton is an american unit in cooling referring to 12,000 BTU/hr
    Sometimes these aircon units are rated in kw. 1 kw = 3410 BTU/hr

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    Keep this thread going please
    You cannot imagine the pleasure it gives me to read about BRITISH THERMAL UNITS being converted as our chums across the pond have to use them !
    Is this the first crack in the armour( cant say chink in the armour or some smart arse will accuse me of being racist ).

    Can I now look forward to a return to sensible thread sizes - Whitworth- BA- BSF- and get rid of this "unified " shit with A/F spanners!
    ( I do not accept that the metric thread system exists- )OK ! We kicked shit out of Napoleon but we are now forced to use his system with units designated as "mm" - In my world MM stands for Mickey Mouse and that about sums it up

    Don't let me start on spelling!
    Just a bit though !

    I feel sure that the UK could start a new export trade and send boxes of the letter "u" for free distribution to American schools with instructions on where they should go - into words like - labor- color - armor etc etc

    Bloody hell I feel a lot better now !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman View Post
    Keep this thread going please
    You cannot imagine the pleasure it gives me to read about BRITISH THERMAL UNITS being converted as our chums across the pond have to use them !
    Is this the first crack in the armour( cant say chink in the armour or some smart arse will accuse me of being racist ).

    Can I now look forward to a return to sensible thread sizes - Whitworth- BA- BSF- and get rid of this "unified " shit with A/F spanners!
    ( I do not accept that the metric thread system exists- )OK ! We kicked shit out of Napoleon but we are now forced to use his system with units designated as "mm" - In my world MM stands for Mickey Mouse and that about sums it up

    Don't let me start on spelling!
    Just a bit though !

    I feel sure that the UK could start a new export trade and send boxes of the letter "u" for free distribution to American schools with instructions on where they should go - into words like - labor- color - armor etc etc

    Bloody hell I feel a lot better now !
    Why no "BCF" thread, now that was a thread lad!
    Gone are the dazz when you had sets of spanners - lots of um!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman View Post
    Keep this thread going please
    You cannot imagine the pleasure it gives me to read about BRITISH THERMAL UNITS being converted as our chums across the pond have to use them !
    Is this the first crack in the armour( cant say chink in the armour or some smart arse will accuse me of being racist ).

    Can I now look forward to a return to sensible thread sizes - Whitworth- BA- BSF- and get rid of this "unified " shit with A/F spanners!
    ( I do not accept that the metric thread system exists- )OK ! We kicked shit out of Napoleon but we are now forced to use his system with units designated as "mm" - In my world MM stands for Mickey Mouse and that about sums it up

    Don't let me start on spelling!
    Just a bit though !

    I feel sure that the UK could start a new export trade and send boxes of the letter "u" for free distribution to American schools with instructions on where they should go - into words like - labor- color - armor etc etc

    Bloody hell I feel a lot better now !
    Why no "BCF" thread, now that was a thread lad!
    Gone are the dazz when you had sets of spanners - lots of um!
    T'was indeed but a bit obscure for the majority of TDer's

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    Mechanical Equivalent of Heat (1st Law of Thermodynamics)
    Rogers and Mayhew- Engineering Thermodynamics, Work, and Heat Transfer, 3rd Ed, 1980)
    The British Thermal Units (BTU) are related to the kilo Joule kJ (metric) by the definitions:
    1.8BTU/lb=1Chu/lb=4.1868kJ/kg which leads to 1 ftlbf = 1/778.169 BTU = 1/1400.7 Chu (Celsius Heat Unit).

    But Airporttwo has it in a nut shell.
    Two things to consider though, insulated walls and ceilings can reduce the size by 25-30%. (I have a 6x3x3 metre bedroom in Korat and use a 9000 BTU unit) we need a doona to sleep.
    Salesmen will always sell the biggest with the most profit margin.

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    I won't go into threads, there are over 50 different ones in the Machinery Handbook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ban Saray View Post
    I won't go into threads, there are over 50 different ones in the Machinery Handbook.
    Please do not quote the "bible " to me - I just wanted to make a point without causing too much confusion !

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    I do not recommend the cheap LG units. They're noisy and inefficient.

    I do recommend Saijo Djenki (or whatever the spelling is). Excellent units.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    I do not recommend the cheap LG units. They're noisy and inefficient.
    Interesting.
    Two shop owners told me not to buy one.
    I still went ahead and bought it and it has been fine.
    Had it two years now and it is quieter than the Hitachi and Davey that I had before.

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    I used to work in an appliance manufacture and did benchmark for a few air-con brands, Mitsubishi is the best one.

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    This site has a calculator on left to work out BTU, enter lounge or bedroom and size of room.

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    Personally I prefer to buy units with around 30 to 40% more capacity than actually needed. I reckon it probably extends compressor life, etc.

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    Another important thing to keep in mind is that you need 500BTU per person in that room, so if it is your orgy room and you got like 20 people in there you would need an extra 10,000BTU to counter act their body heat, I hope this advice helps

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    ^ another reason I 'over engineer'

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    Thanks everyone for your great help. I have worked it out and we are going air con shopping today.

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    ^ hehee you only got there last night.... didn't sleep to well then I take it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    I do recommend Saijo Djenki (or whatever the spelling is). Excellent units.
    We currently have a total of 6 units of varying sizes and have had over many years. Totally pleased.

    As a side note we do have regular scheduled upkeep done on all of our units.
    Last edited by hillbilly; 22-10-2008 at 08:22 AM.

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    I hve no units whatsoever, and they run very quietly and cost practically nothng

    excellent

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    Mate I've got three relative new air con units I want to sell, although I imagine you'd prefer new ones, convenience and all that.

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    9000 btu ample room like a fridge

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    I have three Daikins which are very good but very expensive when it comes to spare parts.

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