We may have a bit of time left before we need to worry about keeping our homes cool, but knowing what to look for in a new air conditioner will make your search much easier and get your home comfortable amidst the heat in no time. Ideally, you want something that will lower and maintain a cooler air temperature in the home, it needs to remove moisture from the air, and it needs to also filter the air in the home. These are the main factors, but there are a few other aspects to think about.
Read below for some tips on what you should consider when choosing an air conditioner.
Different types of air conditioners
Window units are most popular, probably due to how easy they are to install and their functionality. They can fit in most windows, and will come with accordion style panels to ensure a more tight and secure fit. Just know the dimensions of your window and have ready some extra support to add the exterior of the window, otherwise this is a very simple project that can be done on your own.
Portable units are of course even easier to use than window units, but are not as efficient. You can place them in any room that you want cooled. The only exterior piece that does need to be used is a large, flexible hose that can be attached to a window to help ventilate and regulate the air in the home, otherwise the unit will sometimes need to be emptied. Know the dimensions of the room that the unit is likely to stay in so you can better choose a more efficient one.
Built-in wall units are a much more permanent solution and can also function as a heater, making them much more versatile. They do require a bit more effort in the installation process but do not require being connected to any central air system, and the smaller units can typically be installed on your own. These are very efficient in both heating and cooling the home, but they are also going to be more expensive than other units.
Size does matter
You will need to consider the size of your home (and the room where it will be placed) and at what capacity you need the air conditioner to function at. If you choose one that is too small, it will not work efficiently and can end up costing you more in energy bills. Humidity will also be an issue with an air conditioner that is too small.
Maintenance and safety
When it comes down to it, all types of air conditioning units will function in the same way if they are properly cared for. You should arrange preventative maintenance agreements with a professional company in order for your equipment to continue operating in a safe, reliable and efficient manner. These agreements usually vary from a one off visit to a 3 year planned maintenance agreement and will surely save you money in the long run.
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If you have a window unit, be sure to install weather stripping around the unit, this will help keep the cool air inside the home, thus making the unit more efficient. When winter comes back around, be sure to store the unit during the cold months.
Some of these units can be very heavy and hard to maneuver. If you find that it is a bit difficult to install or remove a unit, be sure to seek out professional help (or a friend or neighbor, of course). You should also always be aware of the electrical requirements and cautions that come with the unit.