Why Is It Critical To Select Your New Air Conditioning Correctly?

It is more than just picking out a functional and aesthetically pleasing design. Air conditioning requires more study and research than other appliances because it is critical to maintaining comfortable air temperature indoors. The air conditioner should be big enough to cool the whole space, but not too large as this would lessen heating efficiency in the winter.

The first step is to determine the square feet of the space. Then subtract 18 to 20 per cent for items and furniture and 10 per cent for people. This will give you an estimate of how many BTUs (British Thermal Units) are needed per hour.

Seven factors need to be considered when selecting a new air conditioning unit:

1. Performance 

Rating

2. Capacity

3. EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio)

4. Cooling Power Consumption

5. Sound Rating

6. Number of Fan Speeds

7. Type of Refrigerant It Uses

 How Each Factor Works Together To Determine The Right Unit For Your Home:

 Performance Rating: Is it measuring up to the manufacturer’s claim, and is it worth the money?

Capacity: How big should your air conditioner be? It must cool enough space but not too large as this would lessen heating efficiency in the winter.

EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio): This is a ratio of power input vs output. The higher EER, the more efficient the unit. Thus, you can cool the same space with less power consumption.

Cooling Power Consumption: How much electricity does your new air conditioner consume? This is measured in watts per hour (W/h). The most efficient units have a power consumption of around 1,600 W/h.

Sound Rating: Noise levels of different units are measured in sones. The lower the number, the quieter it operates.

The number of Fan Speeds: Do you need your air conditioner to be quiet or efficient? If you would like less noise, select a unit with four speeds of fan operation. It will draw more power but produce less noise.

Type of Refrigerant It Uses: The most common types of refrigerants are R-22, R-410A and R-134a. R-22 is the least expensive, but it has ozone-depleting potential (ODP). The other two do not harm the ozone layer and are readily available.

Many people only think about their air conditioners when the weather is hot and humid. Air conditioning units should be selected in the winter when there are no warm or humid days to skew the assessment of cooling needs. Most customers end up with too large a unit that wastes energy and money because they do not know their actual cooling requirements.

Many people only think about their air conditioners when the weather is hot and humid. Air conditioning units should be selected in the winter when there are no warm or humid days to skew the assessment of cooling needs. Most customers end up with too large a unit that wastes energy and money because they do not know their actual cooling requirements.

While it is critical to select your new air conditioner correctly, the faulty unit can be expensive to run. It may not cool enough or break down early due to strain caused by being used in extreme weather conditions.