It’s easy to get confused when researching your options for an air conditioner. One of the easiest decisions is that it should be a Daikin, but thereafter there are a multitude of different systems to choose from.
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Home is where we should feel cozy, no matter if it is pouring down, shining, or snowing outside. An air conditioning unit is probably one of the most expensive electrical appliances in your home. However, it is worth the investment because it keeps your home at the right temperature where you feel the most comfortable. A typical air conditioner lasts long, ranging from a few years to more than 10 years. Hence, you should choose your air con unit wisely. In fact, there are a number of things that you should consider before you purchase one.
What to Consider When Buying an Air Conditioning Unit
Proper installation is necessary for an air conditioning unit to function well. You should make sure your unit is level for proper draining. Also, safety cannot be ignored, so you should have an authorised dealer install the unit correctly.
When you are out, you cannot control the quality of the air that you breathe in. However, this is possible at home. Consider getting a unit that comes with a filter to filter dust and other pollutants in the air. The Daikin Urura Sarara has multiple filters for just this purpose. Besides, an air con unit can also regulate the humidity in your house and provide you with comfort, especially for those who have allergies. Since the filter is the key component that gives you clean air to breathe, it is important to make sure that it is easily accessible for cleaning.
Choosing between a window unit or a split unit is not as simple as it looks. In general, a window unit is not as quiet when compared to a split unit. On the other hand, a window unit is easier to install. A split unit is usually more expensive, but they are more energy efficient. Sometimes, people might choose portable air conditioners if their home is unable to install other types of unit. There are also ducted systems (an Australian favourite), VRV systems, etc
The size of your home matters because a unit that is undersized is unable to maintain the temperature in your home well and it tends to wear out faster. If your air con unit is oversized though, you will be wasting energy. In order to find the right fit, you should first and foremost have a clear idea of the size of your home. The bigger the home or the room, the more powerful the air con unit needs to be. The insulation of your home should not be ignored too. If the walls of your home are well insulated, it means that an air con unit with a lower power may be able to do the job.
Don’t forget to take the sun’s influence into account. Whether your room is facing East or West makes a difference as to what capacity you want to choose.
When thinking about the capacity in terms of kW, you can take these numbers as reference: a 2.5kW air con unit is good for any place that is smaller than 20m2. For rooms that are about 25m2 to 30m2, a 3.5kW unit is more suitable.
These days, air con units come with different features to better fit your lifestyle. There are smart units that can connect to the WiFi and allow you to control the unit remotely on your cell phone. For some units, you can adjust the angle of how the air circulates, while some even have sensors that ensure the air is directed at the people in the house.
Like any big electrical appliances in the house, an air con unit can get noisy. However, it typically should not be more than 60 decibels. There are air con units that have a noise reduction feature though, as waking up due to the noise is certainly unpleasant. On top of that, air con units these days can also provide heating, so make sure you find the features that you want.
For those who are very concerned about the cooling speed of their unit, you may want to pay closer attention to a unit that has an overspeed function. Not only that, but adjustable thermostat and speed as well, as these enable you to adjust the settings for different times of the day. On the other hand, some air con units might have predefined settings that give better cooling while saving energy at the same time.
Checking whether an air con unit is energy efficient is simple, just pay attention to the energy star rating. If you see more stars, that means the unit can save more energy. Not only does it help the environment, but it also costs you less when you run the machine.
Air con units come in different lengths of warranty and some are longer than others. Check the manufacturers’ website and ask your retailer before you make a purchase. After all, it is better to have a longer warranty.
Buying an air con unit is not as simple as choosing which one looks best in your home. There are many elements that you should take into account and it may seem like a challenging task. However, it is certainly possible to get a good unit that contains the features you need while fitting your budget. This useful list should help you outline what you need to keep in mind in order to be a smart shopper when buying a new air con unit.