5 Considerations Before Buying Air Conditioner
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Published by TOP4 Team
As the heat waves of summer beat down upon your home, you’re likely to dream a perfect, cool space to relax. If you’re planning to buy an air conditioning unit, there are some factors that you have to consider before installing a new air conditioner in your home.
1. Cooling capacity
This varies according to the size of your home, wall installation levels, the ceiling height, size of windows and doors, number of people occupying the room and much more. Knowing this beforehand will help you and your retailer find the best unit based on power, efficiency and cooling area/capacity. Have floor plans available to make this process a lot easier when calculating the size of the room compared to an air conditioner's output.
The cost of buying the right equipment and installation services should be on your list. Once you determine the amount of money you’ll spend, you can start planning for the acquisition of the system. Failure to determine costs may lead to fund-related problems. Expect to spend a few hundred to a few thousand dollars or more for an air conditioning unit — it may depend on the type of air conditioning system you want to install. The price you pay is dependent on the unit’s kilowatt capacity. If the unit has a higher energy output, it will cost more than a unit with a lower output. Having a professional come to install an air conditioning system may be costly, but it’s a price worth paying for the sake of your comfort.
3. Energy efficiency
Heating and cooling account for approximately 40% to 60% of energy costs. Choose the most energy efficient central air system, one which can keep your energy bills and environmental impact low. You may not have heard of a Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio (SEER) before, but it’s essential to understand what it is before you purchase an air conditioning unit. The ratio is based on how much cooling the system puts out for each unit of energy it’s consuming. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the equipment.
In installing an air conditioning system, be careful when choosing a contractor. Your contractor should be able to calculate the cooling load for your home, provide you with information on the unit and it’s SEER rating, answer any questions you have about the warranty, and offer a service contract for the installation.
Remember that poor installation often leads to problems such as too much energy consumption, poor ventilation, and equipment damage. Choose a contractor who has a good reputation and considerable amount of experience. This will guard you against unnecessary complications once the system is up and running. Talk to your friends or relatives regarding the best installation companies in your area. You can also do more research on blogs, review sites and service directories.
To ensure long-lasting operation, clean it thoroughly at least once a year. A window AC with a slide-out chassis make this convenient because all you have to do is to slide the unit out to access it. Most air filters are washable with mild soap and water. For specific maintenance tips for your unit, refer to your owner's manual. Balance comfort with energy and cost savings – that is, reduce the impact of air conditioning on your energy bill by using a programmable thermostat and maintaining it properly.
Let the professionals do the installation. Call in the top air conditioning services in Australia today.