Apart from keeping you cool during the hot summer, an air conditioner can help you save a lot of money on your utility bills. In order to make the most of the opportunity, you have to choose the right AC unit for your home.
The market has dozens of air conditioners that you can choose from. What factors should you look at in order to select the model that will be most efficient and affordable at the same time?
Types of Air Conditioners
What kind of air conditioner will be best for your home?
Window units are probably the most popular market option. Affordable and easy to install, these units appeal to many homeowners that are interested in hassle-free, DIY AC system installation.
Portable AC units are stand-alone pieces. These can be moved around easily and used to cool down or heat a particular part of the house. The problem with these units is that they can be heavy and there’s also a reservoir that will have to be emptied periodically.
Built-in air conditioners are used for wall installations. This is a permanent placement option and you’ll need a professional team to handle the task. These AC units, however, are most versatile and practical.
The Right Size
The next factor that will affect AC efficiency is the size of the unit. Several factors will be determining for this selection – the square footage of the room, the construction materials, the available insulation and the number of windows in the room.
Consultants at the store can help you pinpoint the best size on the basis of this information. You’ll be asked all of the crucial questions about your property and your air conditioning needs, after which you’ll get a suggestion about the best models and brands.
To save money and improve the atmosphere in your home, you’ll need to look at the energy efficiency characteristics of AC systems.
There should be either a BTU or an EER rating on the conditioner. The energy efficiency rating (EER) of newer model falls in the range from eight to 11.5. A higher number will mean more efficient use of electricity and a decreased carbon footprint.
When in doubt, talk to AC professionals about the selection, the installation and the maintenance of an AC unit. A consultation can help you save money in the long-run and it will also result in optimal home heating and cooling.