Choosing the Air conditioning system that is right for you and your family!
Choosing an air conditioning system is much more than picking the biggest, best or cheapest system you can find. If you do not choose wisely you may end up with an inefficient and costly system. With our problems with Eskom and with electricity prices soaring an air conditioner needs to be tailored to your home and your needs to perform well and not waste energy.
These 5 great tips will help you choose an air conditioning system that will serve you well and not cost a fortune to run or maintain.
1. Measure Your Room or Area that you want Cooled or Heated
In order to run on maximum efficiency, the capacity of an air conditioning system must be matched to the area it has to cool and heat. If the Air Conditioner or Air Conditioning system is too small, it will have to run continuously to keep the room at the desired temperature. This really burns up electricity and puts huge strain on the unit. If the system has too much capacity, it will heat or cool the room/area too quickly and will be constantly, depending on your setting, running and shutting down. Not only does this wastes energy and shorten the life of the system but the temperature variance in the room will become frustrating. Of lesser importance but also something to consider is that depending on the quality of the unit you have purchased the constant turning on and off of the air conditioner may cause irritation due to the noise factor.
2. Buy for Your Location
Some parts of South Africa are very dry, while others are temperate or even very humid. If you live in a hot, dry area, an evaporative air cooler may be what you need, but if you live in a humid area such as the tropical east coast of Kwazulu-Natal, the last thing you want to do is add more humidity to the air. In temperate regions, both the heating and cooling capacities and efficiency of your system will be important factors to consider.
3. Buy a Reliable System
Ducted air conditioning systems are a significant investment and take time and money to install. Once your system is installed, you want it to last as long as possible. Trying to save a rand here and there on a cheap unit will be an expensive mistake in the long run. Our advice it to always buy a recognised brand from a reputable dealer and your air conditioner will last far longer, with fewer maintenance problems. Look for a long product warranty from the retailer and a solid workmanship warranty from your installer.
4. Choose an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner
I know we keep going on about Eskom but Air conditioning systems are becoming more energy efficient as the technology improves. With the current energy crisis in South Africa please take consideration the energy efficient rating and energy consumption figures when selecting a unit.
5. Choose a Reputable Contractor
Choose a local contractor with a good reputation to install your air conditioning system. Checking out their reviews on our www.homeimprovement4u.co.za site is a good place to start. They should have a well-established business and always check that they have parts on hand in case you need repairs later. You can also ask your retailer if they do installations but make sure that you are comfortable with the installer if this work is sub contracted out. Going with the retailer route may come with the benefit of an installation guarantee so always ask about this. Whoever is doing the work try and always get a warrantee for the work being done.
When you get quotes for air conditioning, the professionals you contact and engage with should always show an interest in providing you with the most appropriate system for your home, regardless of its cost. They should want to know everything listed above and more. They should be more than happy to answer all your questions and give you details about the systems they sell. If you are installing an expensive split or central ducted system into your home or office or even just a wall unit first prize would always be for the professional to visit your home before providing you with a quote. Finally make sure that your installer has the right credentials to do the job.
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