Before purchasing an air conditioner, it is essential to ask around for advice or tips and do your research. Buying the wrong device that doesn’t fit your needs can result in additional costs, or an air conditioner that does not operate at an optimum level. There are many things you should know such as the relation between the size of the room and the size of the device, types of air conditioners, potential costs, energy star ratings, and so on. Luckily, there are professionals you can consult before making a final decision. Make sure you know what brands are the most energy efficient, and if possible insulate the walls and ceiling to make the cooling or heating process easier.
What Size Should I Get?
It is important to know what size air conditioner will best suit the area you want to install it. Are you wanting to cool your home, office space, or need to install ducted air conditioning for an industrial area? If you purchase a device that is too small, it will not do its task. On the other hand, if your air conditioner is too big for the room, it will cause unnecessary costs. This is the time where the best option is to consult a professional who will calculate which size of an aircon is the best for you. Remember, even though smaller devices are in most cases cheaper, in the long run, it will be shown to be a bad investment if the air conditioner is not efficient.
Why Should I Get a Split System Air Conditioner?
A split system air conditioner has two parts. An indoor unit that blows the cool air into your home, while an outdoor compressor unit emits hot air into the atmosphere. If the device can both heat and cool the air, we call it reverse cycle system. The maintenance of split systems is easy and cheap. Filters should be changed or washed on a regular basis depending on the recommendations of the manufacturer. The user can do this part themselves. However, regular check-ups should be conducted before every heating season by a licensed professional.
What are the Running Costs Going to be?
Just because the initial price of an air conditioner is cheap, does not mean the running costs will be. It is important to know the price compared to the power. To learn about the running costs of the brands we are partnered with, check Air-Rite’s product services.
If your split system is running 100 days a year, eight hours a day, the average costs should not be higher than $250. However, make sure to set the temperature at 22 to 24°C. You can also save some energy by sealing the room or insulating the walls and ceiling.
Do You Have a Ceiling or Wall Insulation?
Check whether your room has insulation as air-conditioners need more capacity. If the area is insulated, it will retain the heat more effectively during the winter, while during summer it will do the same for cooled air. Insulation can significantly lower the electricity costs that you spend on air conditioning. Insulation is not cheap initially, but in the long run, it will definitely pay off.
How do I Interpret Energy Ratings?
A higher star ratings equates to better energy performance. On the air conditioner’s package, you can see the number in kW that displays the yearly energy consumption of the device. If you want to save money, buying a cheap, less energy efficient device is the worst thing you can do. Even though it is more expensive, purchasing the device with more stars will pay off in the long run. To learn more about energy ratings, visit the Energy Rating website.
Which Brand is the Most Cost Efficient?
If you are looking for the most cost-effective air conditioner brand for 2018 than you should opt for Panasonic. Their energy efficiency is outstanding, and filters are easy to maintain. Research different brands and their costs to compare the best value. Also, take additional features into consideration as well. There are devices that automatically turn off when there is no one in the room, or you have the option to control the thermostat with your smartphone. All these features dictate the price.
The Bottom Line
If you want to purchase a new air conditioner, there are several things you should take into consideration including energy efficiency, the size of the device, room insulation, and type of the air conditioning. It is essential to know whether you want to use the air conditioner for both heating and cooling. If that is the case, then you should opt for a reverse cycle device.
To learn more about your air-conditioning needs gives us a call at 07 3274 2199 or drop by at our Air-Rite store: Unit 8/22 Success St, Acacia Ridge QLD 4110.