How To Choose Your Cooling System
Whilst it is an incredibly worthwhile purchase, the truth is that cooling systems, or air conditioners, can be expensive. This means that you are going to want to make sure that you pick the right one for your needs. It can be hard to work out what is going to be right for you, so, in order to help you we have put together our expert guide on how to choose your air conditioner, all so you pick the right one for you.
Do you want a standalone or a split-unit air conditioner?
When it comes to choosing an air conditioner there are two main types that you can consider. Either a standalone one or a split-unit one. They both have their own benefits, and it really does depend on your situation and what you are looking to achieve.
Standalone air conditioners are ideal if you are not keen on the idea of installing anything, they work by venting hot air through a hose, which means that you can move the unit around as you wish. That said, you need to remember that these units have to be by a window and that window will need to be open, which could be a security risk. Also, these units are known to not be as effective as split unit models, as they can move hot air back into the room as they work.
In comparison, a split-unit air conditioner are ideal if you want an effective yet quiet system that is going to make sure that your space is comfortable to be in. They do tend to be more expensive then standalone units, however, they do work better, and you do not need to worry about having any windows open for ventilation as they will be mounted on an outside wall.
What size air conditioner do you need?
The next thing that you are going to need to think about is the size of air conditioner that you will need. Air conditioners will be described with their BTU or British Thermal Unit output. The higher the BTU is, then the better it can cool a room. If you are only trying to cool down a small room, then you will need to pick a system that has a BTU rating of between 5,000 and 8,000, however, for any bigger space you need to look at a system that is higher rated.
What about energy efficiency?
Another rating that you might want to look out for is EER, the Energy Efficiency Ratio. This ratio takes a look at the BTU of the unit and then the power that it sends out. As a general rule, if you want an air conditioner which is going to be energy efficient, then you need to pick one that has a high EER rating.
Are there any features to look out for?
Just like any system or equipment out there, your air conditioner is likely to have a number of features that you may find useful. Some of the main features that can be part of an air conditioning system includes:
• Dehumidifier mode
• Sleep mode
• Timer options
• Remote control
• Heat pump mode
• Air filters and purifiers
As you can see, when it comes to choosing your cooling system, there is plenty that you need to think about and consider before you commit to buy. The most important thing is that you take your time, get the necessary advice and make sure that the unit that you have chosen is exactly what you need.
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