The season is upon us, and if you find yourself in sudden need of an air conditioning unit, you’re not alone. As global temperatures rise, there are fewer and fewer places where you can live comfortably with an air conditioner all year-round. An air conditioner can make the difference between a comfortably living space and a sweltering den which feels ill-equipped for human life. Luckily, there are a wide variety of models on the market and you will surely be able to find yourself something that suits your needs and your budget.
1. Get the most from your investment
Even if you do decide to go with a model on the lower end of the price spectrum, you still want to choose wisely and make sure you get the correct unit for your needs. The frequency of use and the size of the space that needs to be cooled are the number one factors that you should be aware of. The more information you are certain about before you go out to buy, the more likely you are to come home with a product you are satisfied with. Take into consider the sun exposure in a given room, whether or not there are appliances working there that will generate heat, and if you are looking for a long or short-term solution.
2. Capacity comes next
When sizes up various models, the best way to compare is to look at the capacity of a given machine. Capacity is measure in tonnage and will help you find the right model for your size and cooling needs. If you end up purchasing an air conditioning unit with a lower than requires capacity, you will end up spending more on energy in order to provide the desired level of cooling. Likewise, if you opt for a unit with higher capacity than what you really need, you will end up paying more up front, in addition to wasting money on large power bills down the road.
3. You have options
Many who are not looking to make the big investment of house-wide central air find portable units extremely effective and convenient. These models require no permanent installing and can be moved around easily depending on which rooms you’re spending the most time in. The cool the temperature by sucking in the existing air in a room and passing it through a cooling condenser. They can either be self-evaporating or use a condensation pump that will pump excess water out through a hose. To increase convenience these units can also be found with casters for easy movement in addition to timers and remote controls.
4. Fill your window with something cool
Window air conditioners can also be a good flexible solution and can work on their own to cool a space or in combination with a central air conditioning system. Through-the-wall air conditioners work in a similar way to window AC units, but keep in mind that if you don’t already have a mental sleeve installed in your wall, you’re going to need to put in a hole and therefore professional installation is definitely recommended.
5. Be kind to the environment
Although all air conditions consume excess energy, there is a huge discrepancy that exists between energy efficient models and those that guzzle energy unnecessarily. In order to combat this problem, the government has established rating that will help you determine where the model you’re considering falls on the energy efficient scale. Pay attention to the star ratings, this is a good benchmark to use when comparing models and deciding if you’re comfortable with the carbon footprint that your air conditioning Oshawa unit is going to leave behind.