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What you need to know when choosing an air conditioner

  • Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019

There are many things to consider when choosing which air conditioner is best for your home or office. We have compiled a list of things to help you make the best choice.

What is reverse cycle?

Air conditioners that are reverse cycle are capable of both cooling and heating your home. In summer, the heat is absorbed from inside the home and exhausted outside to make your home cooler. In winter the opposite happens to make the inside warmer. This is done through a refrigeration cycle to transfer heat in either direction.

Are they noisy?

Noise levels are also something to be considered for both indoor and outdoor units. A loud outdoor unit under a bedroom window can be a nightmare. As well as the outdoor compressor making noise, the indoor unit can also be loud. Most modern units are quiet when operating at a lower speed, but what about when they’re on a higher setting? It is definitely a good idea to compare noise levels between different units.

Are they energy efficient?

Electricity prices are on the rise, therefore we all want the most efficient system available. Reverse cycle systems are one of the most efficient ways to cool a home. But not all systems are made equal. Ensure that you check the Energy Star Rating of the systems you’re considering.

What is inverter technology?

Inverter models are designed to work effectively through extreme temperatures. Of course, when the temperature is soaring to the high 30s, that’s when you want your system to work its best. It is recommended to ensure that your inverter air conditioner is guaranteed to work in these extremes.

Which is the best system for you?

The best system suited to you is dependent on a number of factors: the room size, the weather conditions, building construction and what your specific requirements are. Because of this, you are best to consult with an expert.

However, there are a couple of systems to consider, including:

Ducted

A ducted system has the compressor unit outside, and the indoor fan and coil are located in the ceiling space. Flexible duct work then distributes the air to the different rooms in the house through the ceiling outlets. Ducted systems are regularly designed to operate in zones, so separate areas can be cooled or heated at any given time.

Split and Multi-Split Systems

These have an outdoor compressor and internal fan with a coil unit. A multi-split will have multiple indoor units stemming from one outdoor unit. These are ideal if you only want to air condition one room (split), or air condition multiple rooms but don’t have the room for multiple compressor or space for ducting (multi-split).

We trust this can help your make an informed decision on which type of air conditioning system is best for your needs.