Buying an Aircon for your home? Here is A Handy Checklist

With the soaring temperatures forcing many UK homes to seek air conditioners for their homes, air-cons are no longer a luxury item on the list.

While the increase in mercury levels have pushed many people towards the comfort of air conditioners, there aren’t many reliable sources of information specifically designed to meet the needs of those buying an aircon for their home.

There are several types of air conditioners, models and brands available in the market, but choosing the right one for your particular need is not an easy task. As promised, here is the handy checklist.

The Ultimate Checklist to Buy the Perfect Aircon for your Home

The Type of Air Conditioner

Air conditioners come in different types and brands, and the system you choose should ideally be suited to your home needs.

Portable Air Conditioners

If you are looking for convenience on a budget, we strongly suggest portable air conditioners. These systems are cheaper, easy-to-install and perfectly suited for smaller spaces. These units come with wheels, making them ideal to be moved from one room to another.

Split Air Conditioners

Split air conditioners are, perhaps, the most commonly used domestic cooling systems. They are highly energy-efficient, do not require extensive structural changes to the house, are relatively easy to install and provide thorough cooling to the entire room. These units can also be ideal for smaller spaces, as they do not occupy floor space. Split air cons come with indoor and outdoor units.

Central Air Conditioners

Central air conditioners are the larger versions of domestic cooling solutions. The up-front costs of this cooling solution are high, but it offers enhanced and energy-efficient cooling. The installation requires extensive planning, construction and time. It is easier to install central air-cons in new construction than incorporate a new ducting system in an older building.

The Tonnage

Another item on the checklist would be the tonnage. Since you are picking an air conditioner for your home, you have to consider the size of the room before making the selection. A BTU or British Thermal Unit refers to the amount of heat energy your AC can remove from your room in one hour without going too much into the technical specifics.

Tonnage ratings increase in increments of 0.5 tons – starting from 1.5 and going all the way to 5 tons. Generally, you need a ton for every 500 to 1000 sq metres of space. However, we suggest you consider them,

  • Room size,
  • Ceiling height,
  • Windows and doors,
  • Number of people occupying the room,
  • Sun exposure
  • Heat-generating appliances.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is another crucial factor you need to consider before making a decision. Most air conditioning installation come with an energy rating. Higher Energy Efficiency Ratio means you’ll be able to save better on electric costs and energy consumption. Choosing an air conditioner that gives maximum cooling using less energy is essential.

Installation and Maintenance

While installation and maintenance do not affect the air con cost, they tip the balance when it comes to the overall costs of purchasing a cooling solution. The installation depends on the type of air-con you buy – portable, split or central, accessibility and cooling needs. A flawless installation can go a long way in increasing the unit’s life expectancy and performance.

Additional Points

Still haven’t decided which brand or type of air-con to buy? These additional points can help you make the decision.

Budget

Buying the least expensive air conditioning unit will not work out well for you in the long run. It might seem like you are saving the costs, but costlier units tend to be more cost-effective, consume less energy and provide efficient cooling.

Warranty

You certainly want a cooling system that comes with an extended warranty. Make sure you scrutinise the warranty information and note paying a premium to enjoy a limited warranty.

Features

Auto-cleaning, sleep mode, 2-way or 4-way swing, Quick Cool are some of the features provided in air conditioners. Once your primary requirements are fulfilled, these additional features help you decide.

You can also look at the brand’s history, its after-sales service, and maintenance services provided by dealers. Regardless of how great the air conditioner you choose, you might want to look at other air-con options unless the brand comes with a great sales and support system.

If you are still unsure which cooling solution works best for your home, we suggest seeking professional help from Aircon Company. We are the leaders in installing and maintaining all types of air conditioners for domestic and commercial use. Get in touch with us today.