In the world of HVAC, heating and cooling device capacity is given in either:
- BTU (British Thermal Units) or,
Converting BTU to tons in very easy. Here is a list of how many BTU’s different heating and cooling devices with certain tonnage have:
|1 Ton||12,000 BTU|
|1.5 Ton||18,000 BTU|
|2 Ton||24,000 BTU|
|2.5 Ton||30,000 BTU|
|3 Ton||36,000 BTU|
|4 Ton||48,000 BTU|
|5 Ton||60,000 BTU|
|6 Ton||72,000 BTU|
|7 Ton||84,000 BTU|
|8 Ton||96,000 BTU|
How many BTU’s are in a ton?
Basically, 1 ton equals to 12,000 BTU.
For example, 48,000 BTU equals to 4 tons and 60,000 BTU equals to 5 tons. All this info you can get from the ‘Ton to BTU table’ above.
If you don’t find your BTU in the table, you can use the BTU to ton calculator below:
Convert BTU To Tons (Calculator)
With the calculator, you can convert obscure BTUs to tons. For example, how many tons is 24,500 BTU? Just input ‘24,500’ in the calculator and you get 2.65 tons.
You can also easily answer questions like:
- How many BTU’s is a 2.5 ton? Simple, it’s 30,000 BTU.
- How many tons is 60,000 BTU? It’s 5 tons. For a 5 ton AC unit you would need a 6,000 W generator.
How Do You Convert BTU To Tons Yourself?
If you want to calculate the number of tons or BTU, you can use this simple equation:
1 Ton = 12,000 BTU
The case when you have number of tons and want to convert to BTUs:
Tons x 12,000 = Number of BTUs
Example: You have 4 tons device. Calculation: 4 x 12,000 = 48,000 BTU.
The case when you have BTUs and want to convert them to tons:
Number of BTUs / 12,000 = Tons
Example: You have a 12,000 BTU portable air conditioner. Calculation: 12,000 / 12,000 = 1 ton.
If you find something unclear, you can ask about it in the comment section below.