Ask any first-time homeowner about the most stressful part of outfitting their residence, and it’s very unlikely they’ll comment on the air conditioning. Finding the best air conditioner for a home certainly looks difficult on paper – there are several make-or-break factors to keep in mind – but with the right strategy and technical outlook it’s an exercise that’s surprisingly simple.
But despite its simplicity, we continually see homeowners making simple errors in judgement when outfitting their house or apartment. From poor cooling choices to overpowered air conditioners, the few most common errors tend to have major potential consequences. This quick buyers guide aims to eliminate the most common air conditioning errors, and help you find the best air conditioner for your house, apartment, or condominium.
Choosing the right type of air conditioner:
There are two primary types of air conditioning equipment, each designed to cater to a slightly different audience. The first – ducted air conditioning – is capable of delivering a great deal of air to a relatively large area. While rarely seen in apartments and small homes, it’s a common sight in communal buildings and larger homes.
The second is split air conditioning – a type of air conditioning system that’s very common in small homes and apartment buildings. Split air conditioning systems are spread across two units, with the blower and condenser units each generating and distributing cool air. Split air conditioners are most often seen in residential areas; they’re uncommon in offices due to their limited power and unsightly external condenser units.
How much power do you need?
There’s a tipping point when it comes to air conditioning power – the most powerful systems are all but worthless in the wrong location, and the least powerful quite effective when strategically placed and properly installed.
Most air conditioners are marketed according to the amount of living space they can adequately cool, with small portable units covering between three and four-hundred square feet of living space. Larger wall- and ceiling-mounted units are able to cover a greater amount of ground, often able to cool an entire five-hundred square foot room without assistance.
Is the cheapest model really the best?
Most of the time, frugality can be quite useful when shopping for home appliances. Air conditioning systems, however, tend to benefit from a greater focus on long-term expenses and upfront spending. That ultra-cheap system may look as good as the others, but it’s likely to cost quite a lot more than its more ‘expensive’ counterparts due to greater energy consumption and maintenance requirements.
Remember that you’re shopping for the best air conditioner and you’ll likely end up with a different appliance. Speak with shop assistants or research online for energy consumption data – it’s rare that the cheapest air conditioning system will be the best air conditioner for your home.
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