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How To Choose The Right Air Conditioner

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This will be a dynamic field that you can easily change by adding your own shortcode to the post. Ducted air conditioning is by far the cleanest, quietest and most energy efficient way to bring the comfort of conditioned air to your home or office.

Do you know how to choose the right air conditioner for your needs?

It can be tough when you start to look for the right unit for you because there are so many different brands, shapes and sizes available.

To make it easier for you to choose an air conditioner for your home or office we have put together this handy check list to help you find the perfect unit:

  • Climate: Where do you live? Do you live in a tropical area where humidity is an issue and need an evaporative cooler? Or perhaps the heat where you reside is dry but very hot. The first thing you should keep in mind is the local climate and finding a unit that is appropriate for your environment;
  • Area: What is the area that you need to cool? Is it one small room, a number of rooms or perhaps a large open area? Room units are generally ideal for a small room but if you need to cool many rooms or large areas you need to consider multi-split systems.
  • Size: You need to measure the size of the room(s) that you want to cool to ensure that the system you purchase will cool the area properly. Air conditioner units will usually have an output in Watts to help you decide which one is suitable.
  • Design: The shape, design and even the amount of insulation and shade will affect the cooling capacity of any unit that you install.
  • Energy consumption: One of the big obstacles to buying an air conditioner can be cost – not so much upfront cost but ongoing running costs. You can minimise how much your monthly bills will be affected. Check the energy efficiency ratings on all units that you are considering to estimate how much energy they will use when run on full power – you can find this on the energy rating label.
  • Noise: Some air conditioners are noisy and can interfere with the quiet enjoyment of your home. You can look at the manufacturers specifications to understand the sound power rating (dBA) of a unit. Rule of thumb is that evaporative coolers are generally noisier inside than refrigerated air conditioners whilst single units are often noisier than split systems. You also need to consider how much noise external units will make and if they will disturb your neighbors.
  • Health: Some systems include features that will improve the quality of the air in your home or office. Systems that have built-in ionisers, UV air filtration, antiviral and antioxidant filters or that keep the moisture in the air are all worth considering before you buy.
  • Reliability: Buying an air conditioning unit is a considerable investment and it is worth looking at well established brands that offer lengthy warranties and great after sales service like: Daikin, Fujitsu, Samsung, Mitsubishi, Actron
  • Design: The last consideration is to think about how it will look once it is installed. Will it enhance the room where it will sit or be an eyesore that will be expensive to change?