Obviously, the main purpose of investing in a central air conditioning unit is to cool the rooms of your home and/or business. But did you know another great benefit of central air is its ability to dehumidify damp air – this is a great bonus in localities with sultry climates. You have two choices when it comes time to install your central air conditioning unit –
- You can select a self-contained cabinet,
- Or a split system.
Besides these two main options, there are a number of features different central air conditioning units have that you can choose between. For example, there are permanent models and small, temporary models that you can simply set in a window and plug in. The permanent models are generally more expensive and require professional installation; however, they are very effective and can cool a home or business so efficiently you may need to wear a sweater even during the summer months. Obviously, not having either type of central air conditioning unit is much worse than not having one so even a small unit is better than nothing.
Currently, approximately 80% of Australian households benefit from the luxury of central air conditioning systems. The main reason for such high number of central air conditioning units is, in addition to temperature control and dehumidifying, that they can have excellent filters that are very beneficial for children and adults that are asthmatic or have other air-borne allergies. If you don’t already have central air, there is good news…central air conditioning units can be retrofitted into existing homes.
Choosing the best unit for your home will require a few measurements because different units are better suited for different sizes of homes. Luckily, there are several different sized central air conditioning units available so you will be able to get proper cooling and dehumidification benefits. You want to make sure and get the proper unit; too small and too large can both be a problem. The best way to do this is to hire an expert contractor. These skilled professionals are trained to calculate the proper size of central air conditioning unit for your home. They use a formula known in the business as “Manual J”.
You will also want to determine the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. This number should not be lower than seven or eight, the number can also go as high as 13. Find a unit that employs Scroll™ technology in the compressor and check the Energy Star rating to find out in advance how much electricity your central air conditioning unit will consume.
There are many ways you can lower your electricity costs if you do your research and purchase the proper central air conditioning unit for your building. A unit with a high SEER rating will save you money over time.