Thermacool Services Buyers Guide for Air Conditioning Units

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A Buyers Guide for What to Check When Looking to Purchase a New Air Conditioner

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If your air conditioner is too small then invariably it won’t provide adequate coverage for the entire room, if it’s too large then you’re paying for more than you need.

Are you thinking about buying an air conditioner? Much like with any purchase you decide to make, there are always things to consider, i.e. reading reviews online, ensuring you are buying the correct product for your needs and ultimately, ensuring that you are getting the best possible value from your purchase. Buying an air conditioner is no different.

There are two main types of air conditioner: the centrally installed system (which does require expert installation and comes with a suitably expensive price tag) and the room air conditioner. If all you’re looking to do is cool a small area of your house or a single room, then the room air conditioner may well be your best choice.

Make sure you are “future proof”
The ozone depleting gas H22 is soon legislated against – it’s expected the legislation will be fully in force by 2015. Needless to say, if you are about to buy an air conditioner, then opt for a more environmentally friendly alternative; if saving the environment isn't a good enough reason, then pay heed to the fact that H22 is likely to be outmoded.

A more environmentally friendly option is R410A – protect your investment and ensure that any servicing which is required in the future won't be an issue by choosing the more environmentally friendly option.

Consider the size of the room
Why spend more than you need to?

If your air conditioner is too small then invariably it won't provide adequate coverage for the entire room; if it’s too large then you're paying for more than you need. The best idea is obviously to find the air conditioner which is best suited for your needs.

On average, a small room will require a BTU of between 5,000 and 6,000; this is for a square foot coverage of around 100-300; for a room which is 250-550 square feet, then a BTU of between 7,000 to 8,200 is recommended. Ultimately, read consumer reports and find the right air conditioner for your requirements.

Finding an energy efficient air conditioner
When it comes to purchasing air conditioner units, energy efficiency is all important – an EnergyStar air conditioning unit will save you circa 30% more than a unit which does not qualify.

It may also be worth looking for the EER rating – this is a rating which is provided by The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and basically the higher the rating the more it will save you in the long run e.g. an air conditioner with an EER rating of 14 will cost less over its lifetime than an air conditioner with a rating of five.

If you are buying an air conditioner then do your research and make sure you keep the above points in mind.

Installing an air conditioner
Getting an air conditioner installed isn't an easy task, which is why a large number of companies are available through the country who offer installation and maintenance services to ensure it runs smoothly at all times. Choosing an air conditioner company should be done with care to ensure the air conditioning installation is carried out correctly and is maintained at all times to ensure no problems occur in the future.

About Thermacool Services

Thermacool services provide a complete air conditioning in London service, ranging from installation to maintenance. They have over thirty years' experience within the air conditioning industry, which enables them to offer a complete service from helping plan a new installation to upgrading and maintaining air conditioning. For more information about Thermacool Services air conditioning services, visit http://www.thermacoolservices.co.uk/.

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