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What Does CFM Stand for In HVAC?

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Admit it, we’ve all had those moments where we’ve refrained from asking a “silly” question. Sometimes, the only reason why we think a question would be considered silly is because we’ve waited so long to ask it. We find that many questions fall into this category when it comes to HVAC. There are a lot of terms and acronyms that you might hear professionals use that seem so commonplace that you feel like you should know what they mean. We never want you to feel this way on our team. We understand that we’re the professionals here and you’re the homeowner. Our job is to educate you. We strive to be a helpful Pueblo HVAC contractor

This is why we want to take some time to clear things up today. If you’ve ever wondered what the term “CFM” means then we want to define this for you today. Let’s get into everything you should know below…

What does CFM Stand For?

CFM, which stands for Cubic Feel Per Minute is a measurement of airflow volume. Knowing your home’s CFM is so important because it allows you to get a precise understanding of your capacity needs. 

Why is CFM Important?

Knowing your home’s capacity needs will get you an air conditioner or heater that’s perfect for your space, that controls the temperature of your home with ease, and costs you a reasonable amount. Anything less than this is almost guaranteeing frustration for you surrounding your HVAC system somewhere down the line. This makes understanding your CFM an integral part of the HVAC buying process. It’s also why we suggest that you get an HVAC professional involved in your installation or replacement process as early on as possible. This knowledge is a game changer. 

How Is HVAC CFM Calculated?

CFM is calculated be determining how many cubic feet of air pass a stationary point in one minue. As you might imagine, a larger home will have a much higher CFM than a smaller home. This is because larger homes circulate more air throughout the SPACE. 

How Many CFM Do I Need Per BTU?

Now, this is one of those questions that we can’t give a singular answer to. This is because the CFM that you need per BTU is determined by a few different factors. This is going to include the unit that we’re talking about (i.e. a heater or air conditioner and what type of heater or air conditioner you have) and the size of your space that you’re wanting to temperature control. 

We refrain from making this a standard number because many homes are different. If you live in a larger, two-story home in Pueblo, your number is going to be vastly different than a person in a smaller home. 

We want to help you get the services you need and this is done through precise load calculations. Our professionals are able to help you do this. If you need a professional to get you on track, you can reach out to one of our team members today.

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