When it comes to summer and winter days, if you’re without the means to regulate the temperature of your home, things will be a lot less enjoyable. If you don’t currently have an air conditioning unit or are looking at replacing an existing one, several things need to be taken into consideration if you’re going to buy the right unit for your needs. Here are a few factors to bear in mind when deciding on an air conditioning solution.
1. How large is your living space? To properly heat or cool your room, the unit needs to have sufficient power. A unit’s output capacity is measured in BTU, so for a larger room, you’ll need a system with a higher BTU.
2. To determine how powerful the air conditioning unit will need to be, work out the floor space of your room. You can do this by multiplying the length of your room by the width of your room. If your house or apartment has higher than average ceilings, you’ll need to bear the cubic square meters in mind as well. Provide this information to an air conditioning specialist to help them determine the best unit for your needs.
3. How warm or cold your room typically gets is a factor you need to consider. Larger windows that let in plenty of suns will need more cooling, while higher ceilings make rooms cooler. Carpets versus tiles also affect the efficacy of an air conditioner as they trap and lose heat, respectively.
4. When calculating the space you need to be cooled or heated, if it isn’t an enclosed area (for example, if two adjacent rooms don’t have a door and air flows between them), calculate the floor space for the total area.
5. Consider where you’ll install the unit. If you’re looking at a ducted air conditioning solution, you’ll need to have ample space in your ceiling or roof for the ducts to be installed. If you’re considering a split system unit, you’ll need to consider where the external unit will be installed and if it will affect the visual appeal of your home.
6. Research the latest models and look at what your particular requirements are, aside from just heating and cooling. For example, if you have indoor pets or one of your family members suffers from allergies such as dust allergy or hay fever, it’d be worth looking into units that also purify the air to reduce bacteria and other allergens from circulating.