Summer means more barbeques and beach days, it also means our homes are starting to heat up. The Australian heat can be unbearable, and a hot house can make it difficult to get comfortable, enjoy your day, or get a good night’s sleep.
A good quality air conditioning system is an easy, effective way to stay cool when the temperature rises – but choosing the right system can sometimes seem daunting. We’ve partnered with Better Built Homes, to give you a quick guide to finding the perfect air conditioner for your home.
Knowing What You’re Looking At
First, it’s important to become familiar with the main types of air conditioners you’ll likely be choosing from:
With an outdoor compressor and an indoor evaporator unit that is hung up high on the wall, these systems can be used to cool or heat single rooms or larger areas. They are fairly efficient, require only minor modifications to your home, and have relatively low upfront costs.
Portable air conditioners
These stand-alone units can be used for occasional use or for cooling very small spaces, but they tend to be inefficient and have high running costs.
Ducted air conditioners
While these systems can have higher upfront costs, ducted air conditioners will often save you money in the long term due to their efficiency, zoning and control. They are quiet, aesthetically appealing and can be customised to meet your specific needs.
Finding the Right Size for Your House
Next, it’s vital to choose the right size air conditioner for your home – not too big and not too small. This is all about maximising efficiency.
- If your air conditioner is too big, it will cool your house down quickly and then turn off. When your house begins to warm up again, it will turn on, cool down your house and then turn off again. This on-again, off-again cycle often uses far more power than is needed.
- If your air conditioner is too small, it will be in constant overdrive in an attempt to keep up with the large space. This reduces efficiency, and will cost you significantly more in electricity.
- A modern, energy efficient air conditioner is designed to run in cycles that will slowly cool your house, instead of doing so rapidly.
To determine the right size for your home, you’ll need to consider a range of factors, including the size of your house, the amount of insulation, local climate, and the number of residents – plus many others. You can use these calculations to get a general idea, but it’s often best to get a professional to do it.
Think Long-Term and Sustainable
Remember that purchasing a high-quality air conditioner is a long-term investment. While a cheaper option might seem tempting, consider the future costs of electricity, maintenance and repairs. If you choose a lower quality option now, you might end up paying more for it later on.
Checking the Energy Efficiency Rating
The energy efficiency star rating system is a quick way to compare similar products and see which is more efficient. In addition, by using the star system and looking at energy outputs and inputs, you can calculate whether a more expensive, yet efficient air conditioner will actually be cheaper for you in the long run.
Choosing Your Placement Carefully
It’s important to understand how and when you plan on using your system, as this will impact placement. To run effectively, air conditioners need plenty of space and ventilation. If too cramped, your unit may not be able to work properly – increasing the likelihood of breakdowns and sending your electricity bills rocketing up.
Get a Professional Opinion
The best way to find the perfect air conditioning for your home is to have a professional come in and calculate it for you. With over 30 years experience, we prides ourselves on high-quality systems and great customer service – so head to our request a quote page on our website. Our dealers will give you an accurate estimate of your home’s needs, and help to ensure you make the right choice before summer hits. Better Built Homes and ActronAir are both committed to finding the best possible option for your home. Check out some more home designs from Better Built Homes.