An Australian summer is no fun without a great air conditioner. But choosing the best air conditioner for your home – say, between a split system or a reverse cycle air conditioner – is not quite as simple as that. Let’s take a look at some things you should be taking into consideration as you start to shop around.
Air conditioners come in all shapes and sizes, but the main differentiator is power. Choosing the capacity of your unit is not about how cool you want to be, it’s about what amount of floor space you intend to cool. Will the unit be cooling just one room? A wall split system unit might be a good choice. Several rooms? You may need to consider ducted air conditioning, such as a reverse cycle air conditioner. Get these choices wrong, and not only will you suffer in the form of sweat on your brow, but you will see the results on your power bill and probably also on the lifespan of your unit.
2. Energy efficiency
Choosing the right air conditioner is not just about cooling capacity, but energy efficiency. Luckily, compulsory energy star ratings in Australia give the buyer a clear guide as to which units use energy the most efficiently, including an estimate of annual electricity consumption. This means you can weigh up things like the up-front cost of a split system or ducted reverse cycle air conditioner versus how much it will cost you over its life.
You might think power and energy are the main considerations when choosing an air conditioner, but don’t underestimate the importance of a quiet unit. Some air conditioners are particularly noisy, which can be a problem when it comes to enjoying an evening conversation or when you’re trying to sleep. Luckily, the best air conditioners come with a sound power rating, but as a rough guide, the latest split systems and reverse cycle air conditioners are particularly quiet because of technology advances and the fact their operating components are the furthest away from you. However, also take into consideration that the exterior unit for a split system, for instance, can be quite noisy for the neighbours.
Conduct Air Conditioning have all the best advice for your affordable air conditioning needs, whether you’re cooling your home or commercial space, so give us a call today on 02 9708 5889.