Getting an air conditioning system for your house is a major investment that adds comfort to your home. Choosing the right system for your needs ensures long lasting benefits while sparing you the inconvenience of future replacements. Air conditioning suppliers can guide you in selecting the right cooling solution for your home.
Here are some things to consider before purchasing your unit:
Mobile types are the least expensive among air conditioning units, followed by window installed air conditioners while split-type units cost more than window and wall types. Additional features like a wireless remote controlled system, timer, digital thermostat and ioniser technology can also add to the price of an air conditioning unit. If you intend to have your air conditioner professionally installed, you should also factor in the additional charge for installation.
Cooling and heating devices consume more electricity than other types of appliances. Using an air conditioner will have an impact on your monthly energy bills. In Australia, manufacturers are required to display the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of their air conditioning products. EERs typically range from 8.5 to 10.5 and an EER of approximately 9.5 to 10.2 can lower your energy consumption significantly. When considering several comparable units, select the unit with the higher EER.
Air conditioners may emit low noises that can cause headaches, poor vision and loss of sleep. Split-type units where the compressor is installed outdoors produce less noise than window and wall type air conditioners. Test the noise level of a unit before buying.
The cooling capacity of your air conditioner should be proportionate to the size of your room. Cooling capacity refers to the amount of heat and humidity that can be removed from a room. In Australia, cooling capacity is expressed in kilowatts. If you know the size of your room, your air conditioning supplier should be able to help you compute the cooling capacity appropriate for it.
When choosing a supplier for ducted air conditioning systems, it is best to approach several contractors and get each of them to prepare a proposal containing their design and estimated price. Check the contractor’s previous work, years of experience and support services to ensure his reliability. On the other hand, you can compare the technical specifications of mobile, window or wall installed units as well as split-type systems online before deciding which unit to test. For additional inquiries, your supplier should be prepared to answer any questions regarding your unit.
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