When you go into a shop on a hot day and they have air conditioning, we all breathe a sigh of relief. Thankfully most shops and offices have air conditioning, but have you ever been tempted to buy some air conditioning for your home? When the weather is cold, wet and windy, we don’t even think about it. But when we get a hot sweaty summer, then it is something we seriously consider!
A cool home in the evening when we want to go to bed can really be a necessity. No employer ever wants their employees to phone in sick saying they haven’t slept because of the heat. That is not going to look good on your permanent record! But you might not necessarily need air conditioning, you may well be better off with ceiling fans or a good air fan. But if you really want that option of air conditioning, perhaps you particularly feel the heat, then you need to really think about what sort of air conditioning you need in the home.
While there are many different types of air conditioner, they can roughly be divided into two groups; single-unit models that fit into a window or door, and split-unit models that you will need to connect to a wall.
Single-unit Air Conditioners
These are fairly inexpensive and not difficult to install. Hot air is vented out through a hose and everything is within the box so you can move them around into different rooms. Maybe in the living room during the hot summer days and then into your bedroom in the evening, so you can sleep better. While these are useful they can sometimes be a security risk, since the hose just goes out from your home. Single-unit air conditioners are not as effective as split-unit ones. Single-unit models often get hot and can leak heat back from where it came from! Also be careful with the weight of them, they can be heavy and since you will need to lift it you need to be able to do so without injuring yourself. They will have hand-holds so make sure they are suitable for you before you buy.
Split-unit Air Conditioners
If you have a room that gets very hot, perhaps it is south facing and gets a great deal of sun, then you may want to consider split-unit air conditioners. It’s quite secure and you won’t need to keep windows open either. So it definitely has it’s advantages. It is also very fast and efficient, cooling your room quickly. However, installation needs to be done by a professional.
You may be wondering which size air conditioner you need. Well there is a guide in the initials BTU. BTU is a number which relates to British thermal unit. The higher the number, the more efficient the air conditioner is. As a rough guide, 5,000 to 8,000 BTU is okay for most living rooms or bedrooms.
There are other features to look for in air conditoners and one of them is night mode facilities. These, as you would expect, reduce the noise of the machine by running the fan more slowly. You can also have timers which means you can come home to a house that has been cooled by the time you get in from work. You could have a timer on so that by the time you are asleep the air conditioner will be too. Look for a model with a 24 hour setting.
Some air conditioners have remote controls so you adjust things without moving from your seat, but they can easily get lost so look for one with a dock.
Air conditioners do need some maintenance. You will need to drain water from portable units at the end of summer. If it has been very humid then you will need to drain them more often. Sometimes the bungs you need to undo can be difficult so make sure you can drain them easily.
Whatever model you get, you will need to change the dust filters. Make sure you do this regularly.
Whichever type you decide on, make sure you contact ADK before you buy and get the best you can afford.