At first glance, there is not much to consider when you are choosing the right air-conditioning systems in your home. However, if done without any prior planning or researching, you may soon find that your selected air-conditioning unit is not cost-efficient or worse, not cooling enough in the hot Australian summer!
Here are some tips to help you choose the right systems for your home.
How much cooling does your home need? A two-room apartment will require less cooling power and fewer air-conditioning units as compared to a three-storey bungalow.
If you want your home to have cooling all around, you might find it significantly more cost-efficient to install one of the many ducted air conditioning systems used in Newcastle.
Ducted air conditioning systems require only a one-time installation for it to cool down your entire home, as compared to the multiple split system units that you may need to install to provide the same cooling effects.
A little low on cash? How about just focusing your cooling units on one side of your home to start with? A split system air conditioning unit is significantly cheaper than a ducted system, making it an excellent choice for cooling with a budget.
Whereas a ducted system can quickly rack up to tens of thousands of dollars in cost, a split system air conditioning unit may cost only up to $2000 – including installation costs!
These systems also use less power, helping you to save on your utility bills. When you have more cash to spare, you can easily add more split system units to your home!
You can quickly tell that a house is using split system air conditioning units by the condenser unit mounted outside – usually at the side or anywhere else on the walls.
If you do not want the condenser units ruining the aesthetic values of your home, you might consider investing in a ducted system instead.
Ducted systems only require the installation of a fan coil unit within the roof space of your home, and the ducts that direct cooling air out through the vents are hidden as well. That is plenty of cooling with little to no tell-tale signs of any units installed.
Different family members may have different cooling preferences in their room. The eldest son may prefer his room chilly, while the youngest sibling could favour just a cold temperature.
If you want to have control over different air conditioning temperatures in different rooms in your house, you will surely benefit from having several split system units.
On the other hand, if you prefer the entire home to be chilly regardless of which room you enter, you will most probably prefer the centralized ducted system.
How cost-efficient is your air conditioning unit? You may want to take a look at the SEER ratings of your air conditioning unit to check if you are paying more than your AC unit’s worth.
SEER refers to the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and the higher the figure, the less energy your air conditioning unit requires to operate. This also means that it requires a lower cost to cool your home!
As a general guide, an energy-efficient model should have SEER ratings between 15 and 17, and any models manufactured after 2006 should have a rating of at least 13.
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