There are many things to consider if you need to install an air conditioning system for your home. And, what you do now – picking out your unit and installing it – has huge implications on future maintenance headaches (or, if you do it right, lack of headaches). Here are some tips to get you started:
- The time that you buy your air conditioner matters: Your air conditioning unit keeps the summer heat at bay. It maintains your home’s good ambiance and makes it inviting to family and guests. It is then ideal to check on the state of your air conditioner and foresee the need to buy a new one. You can’t risk for it to conk out on you in the middle of summer. Summer is the most expensive time to buy a unit. Spring, on the other hand, is the best time. It is “rebate season” during spring so you can get a discount on a new and better air conditioner.
- Know what type of air conditioner is best for your home and budget: There are advantages and disadvantages in terms of energy efficiency, coverage, cost and space requirements, among others. So don’t just go to the store and buy the first thing that you lack. Plan ahead. Know what you need and where you’ll have room for an air conditioner. Take measurements if you must. Your options include window units, through the wall units, portable units and central air units.
- Of course, your brand of air conditioner matters too: Not all air conditioning units are created equal. Brands matter when it comes to installation requirements, reliability, longevity, cost, energy efficiency and maintenance needs. In fact, a major consideration is if the unit you choose will have spare parts available somewhere down the road.
- Make a checklist of the features that you need: Your air conditioning unit should at least have an adjustable thermostat, variable cooling and fan speeds, as well an energy saving option. Choose more than two cooling and fan speeds if you need a powerful aircon unit. An electrostatic filter is a nice feature to have. Newer models already have this as a standard feature.
- If you have a bigger room or house to cool, get an aircon unit with a bigger BTU/hour: BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. Typically, a small room needs an air conditioning unit that is at least 5,000 BTU/Hour.
- It is not only the size of the room that matters when deciding on your aircon’s BTU/Hour: You should also consider how the room is occupied; ie. if there are a lot of people traffic in the room and a lot of furniture. Also, the room’s insulation, and number/size of windows matter too.
- Choose an aircon unit with a higher EER: EER stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio. This lets you know how efficient the unit is. The higher the EER, the more efficient the cooling. This leads to less costs in the long run.
Lastly, it is always best to turn to experts when it comes to choosing, installing and maintaining your air conditioning system. It doesn’t matter how big your unit and your house is. It will save you time and effort, as well as future maintenance costs, if you let air conditioning and heating experts handle all the hard work. If you’re in Central Coast, NSW, turn to AirCCC Air Conditioning Services for all your air conditioning and heating needs.