How to Choose a New Air Conditioner

Every summer season, our air conditioning units keep us cool and comfortable. The summer can get very hot and our air conditioners do a lot of work to cool down the air indoors. Inevitably, this means that they will need servicing and repair. Occasionally, they will also need to be replaced, even though many air conditioners are manufactured to last for a long time of yearly use.

The Right Air Conditioner for Your Home

If you are in a position where you need to go out and choose an air conditioner for your home, how do you know which one to choose? There are plenty of units and models from which to choose from these days and the technology behind them has advanced to the point that many of them are suitable for a wide variety of homes.

Here are just a few tips on how to choose a unit for air conditioning installation:

  • Space and Size: Even though there are lots of air conditioners from which to choose, they will not all be suitable for your home. It’s always a good idea to know the size of the space that you want to cool. Do you need just a single small room cooled or is your home open plan and much larger? This will dictate the type of unit that you will n
  • Power: The size of the space that you want to cool will determine the power of the air conditioner you need. Every unit is rated in terms of horsepower and this power determines how effectively it can cool a given space. If you choose an air conditioner that is underpowered, you might find that it struggles to cool down the space that you install it in.
  • Type of Unit: In general, there are three basic types of air conditioning unit from which to choose: ducted, split, and box. The box type is the one that we have all seen many times and it usually sits inside a gap in the wall or an open window. Split systems are a lot more efficient than they used to be and often feature inverter technology. This means that they only draw electrical power when they need to, thus saving on utility bills. Ducted systems, either evaporative or refrigerated, are the most efficient type of air conditioning system but they are also the most expensive and time-consuming to install because they cool a whole home and require special ducts to be cut in the ceiling and tubing to be installed in the roof space.

Getting the Right Advice

It may seem daunting when it comes to choosing the right air conditioner for your home but with a little common sense and some advice from a local installation business, it can be an easy choice.