When it comes to air conditioning, Perth residents often consider it essential to survive the hot summer temperatures. Home air conditioning can allow you to relax in comfort during the day and get a good night’s sleep. However, before you rush out and buy a new air conditioner, there are five considerations to assess to ensure that you choose the right system to meet your needs.
Like any major purchase, the price is likely to be a major factor in your decision. However, while you will want to stick to a budget, it is important to remember that cheaper isn’t always best. Although you may save a few dollars initially by buying a cheap generic appliance, you could regret this later, when you have warranty issues, difficulties finding replacement parts or it just doesn’t last very long.
Ducted or Ductless:
If you are having a completely new system installed, you will need to decide whether you want ducted or ductless air conditioning. Both of these types of system have particular advantages and disadvantages. However, this decision will impact the price, installation cost and variety of options available to you. Ducted systems tend to offer a more thorough whole of home solution, but if the ductwork is not already in place, installation can be more disruptive. In particular types of property, such as those with no above ceiling or below floor space, a ducted system may not be viable.
Air conditioners are not a one fit for all solution. The optimum size of your air conditioner depends on a number of factors including the size and type of property, the energy efficiency rating of the model and window placement. Professional air conditioning specialists have software to make these calculations, to avoid having an improperly sized unit that will waste energy and run the risk of suffering from increased breakdowns from additional wear and tear.
The general rule of thumb when shopping for appliances is that the greater the energy efficiency, the higher the initial purchase cost. However, this additional cost is easily outweighed by the energy savings through the appliance lifetime. While saving fifty or a hundred dollars may seem like a bargain when you are buying an air conditioner, you may find that you end up paying more in electricity costs every time you switch on the AC. This can add up to a small fortune when you consider that air conditioner units are built to last up to ten years or more.
It is also worth assessing what additional features are included with the system. You may pay more for a system that allows zone control, multi-timers and remote operation, but these features can save you a great deal in energy costs. For example, zone control allows you to divide your home into separate zones that can be independently cooled. This flexibility means that you can set sleeping areas to your preferred temperature, while keeping the living area slightly warmer or cooler, depending on your preferences.
If you are considering installing air conditioning, Perth residents should speak to us. We have decades of experience and specialty in the air conditioning industry. Our team are available to assist you in choosing the right system to meet your particular needs.