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Things to Consider When Buying an Air Conditioner

Updated on August 22, 2016

If you live in a place with generally hot climate, it is certainly best to get an air conditioner to keep you cool and comfortable especially as you rest or sleep during the night. After a tiring day of work, the best you can do is to relax while reading a book or watching TV without sweating or starting to feel icky. Especially in the summer, you will want to use an air conditioner to keep you looking and feeling fresh as you dress up before going out.

Perhaps you have already decided to buy an air conditioner. The question now is which one to purchase. Because this can be costly and you would want to have one that you can use for a very long time and can provide you great comfort, you have to take a close look at the things to consider when buying an air conditioner.

The Need

When shopping around for an air conditioner, you should keep your actual need in mind. Do you want one for just the bedroom or to improve the temperature in the entire house? Will you be using it for only a few hours or all throughout the day? It is in this way that you can determine the necessary horse power and other features of the appliance. For instance, if you will be placing the air conditioner in a room that is linked to another room with a gap in the wall dividing the two areas, then you will need to measure the two rooms in total so as to find out the appropriate air conditioning strength you require. You must also take note that the air will not travel around corners. You just can’t position the air conditioner in one hallway and expect it to cool the bedroom on the right side.

In addition, knowing your need will enable you to decide on the special features you would like the appliance to offer such as a timer feature with remote control or an automatic conditioning feature that takes note of the surrounding or existing air and temperature.

The Size

Be sure to also consider the size of your room or house and the designated area for the air conditioner. There are some brands that offer much smaller units with the same horse power and other features. You should also take note of the shape of the unit, ensuring that it will fit the given space. For example, a condo unit often comes with window-sized holes where you can install an air conditioner. You have to measure it in order to determine the size of unit to buy.

The Energy Cost

These days, air conditioners come in various energy efficiencies. You must therefore consider the energy cost too depending on your unit’s horse power, design, and frequency of use. You should also take into account the number of units you intend to have and use. Indeed it is always best to go for the more energy-efficient units available in the market. As a result, you will not get the shock of your life when the electricity bill arrives.

The Look and Budget

When buying an air conditioner, you should also consider the physical appearance. Make sure it matches the interior where you want to install it. Choose a neutral color to be on the safe side. Furthermore, your budget is also another significant factor. Go over the options that are more or less within your set budget. Avoid getting carried away with added features that seem very attractive and tempting but are not really useful or practical for you.

Keep these things in mind while you are shopping for an air conditioner. This way, you will end up with a practical and fitting unit for your specific needs and uses.


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