So you’ve decided to replace your old air conditioner! Or perhaps you’re installing an air conditioner for the first time.
It can be an exciting time, you and your family, finally getting the cooling you require after sweating for too long in the Perth heat. But it can also be daunting. With so many types, brands and models to choose from, it’s hard to know which is right for you and your home.
Fortunately with a little know-how, and some simple advice, choosing can be a lot easier. Here are our five things to consider when choosing a new air conditioner.
1. Space to be cooled
The first thing you’ll want to think about is the space that you want to cool. Do you want to cool a single room, several rooms or your entire home?
If you’re looking to air condition your entire home, a ducted system is often the way to go, as they can comfortably heat and cool every room in your house. An evaporative air conditioner may also to be suitable.
To cool a single room or open space, the most popular and often the most affordable choice is a split system air conditioner. However a cassette unit may also be appropriate, especially if unit storage space is very limited.
2. Energy efficiency
Thinking a little about energy efficiency now, could save you big in the future.
Air conditioners sold in Australia carry an Energy Rating Label, or ERL. Attached to the system on sale, the ERL lets homeowners like yourself compare the energy efficiency rating of various units. Simply put, the more stars – between one and ten – the more energy efficient the air conditioner.
Choosing an air conditioner with a higher energy rating score will reduce your emissions and carbon footprint. It’ll also help reduce your power bills, so remember, spending a bit extra now could save you a lot in the long run.
3. Storage space
Different air conditioning units take up different amounts of spaces. And it’s important to remember that many systems feature two parts, one that needs to be placed inside and one that needs to placed outside.
A cassette air conditioning system is recommended If storage space is at an absolute minimum. Cassette air conditioners are mounted in your ceiling and therefore take up very little storage space.
If you’re looking at ducted air conditioning, you’ll need to ensure that space for the ducted equipment is available within your home’s floor or ceiling.
4. Heat and cool?
Air conditioning isn’t just for the warmer months. In winter, your home’s air conditioner can provide you with an efficient and affordable source of heat.
Ducted reverse cycle, wall mounted split systems, and cassette air conditioning systems all provide both home heating and cooling.
If you do not require an air conditioner that is capable of heating, you should consider an evaporative air conditioning system. Evaporative air conditioners use the natural power of water to cool your home. This means extremely low running costs.
5. When to buy
While it’s tempting to have your new air conditioner installed immediately prior to the summer months, purchasing a unit in the quieter (colder) period, can save you both money and time.
Many air conditioning suppliers offer specials during winter. Also because it’s the quieter period, you should be able to book an installer quickly and easily. There’s also less chance of having to wait for systems that are in high-demand.
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