How to Pick an Air Conditioner


If you need some tips on how to pick or buy an Air Conditioner, then take a quick look here through these 6 steps. There are so many models and types of air conditioners on the market and it is difficult to choose which one is the best for you. There are many factors to consider before you make that decision.

The type of air conditioner that is right for you depends on the environmental conditions where you are located, your room size, window or wall opening and installation requirements. There are various features and functions that you may want and price that you think it right for you. So here are some the tips that will help you to make that decision that may save you a lot of money and headaches.

Step 1.   Choose the type of Air Conditioner

There are 3 main types of Air Conditioners available in the market. Window type, Portable or Split wall mounted units. If you want to air condition your entire house or office, then there are also central air conditioning units.

1, Portable Air Conditioning units do not require to be installed. In most cases they are mounted on wheels and can easily be moved to your requirements. However, they do need a hose to vent out warm air outside the house.

2, Window Air Conditioning Units can be installed in a window or if a suitable window is not available then a hole has to be cut out in a wall to install them. They are compact units but may be noisy as compared to Split units.

3, Split Unit Wall Mounted Air Conditioning units have two parts - the cold coils and air blower unit which is installed inside the room and the compressor and hot air removal system unit which is installed outside the room in open air.  Split AC units are quieter and aesthetically pleasing and do not require a window or a big cut in the wall. Only small holes are required to pass the tubing which connects the indoor and outdoor units.

Step 2.   Choose the Cooling Capacity of the Air Conditioner Unit

It is very important to choose the right cooling capacity of the unit you buy. It depends on the climate conditions and the size of the room you want to cool. The cooling capacity is measured in Tons or BTUs. 1 ton= 12,000 BTUs

A rule of thumb; use the following guide:

Floor Area (Room Size)Capacity Required
Up to 100 ft2 0.8 Ton
Up to 150 ft2 1 Ton
Up to 250 ft2 1.5 Ton
Up to 350 or 400 ft22 Ton

However, if the environmental conditions where you are located are extreme like if in summer temperatures cross 100-110 degrees F regularly then you should add extra 0.5 ton capacity.

Step 3.  Check the Efficiency of the unit

The Energy Efficiency Rating of the Air Conditioning unit is called the ERR determines how cost effective it is to operate the Air Conditioner. They are also given star rating. A 5 star rated AC is most efficient and is also more expensive to purchase but most economical to operate.

Step 4.  Special Features

Check for special feature that you may require, such as remote control to adjust temperature etc. moving louvers to control the flow of air and dual heat-cool mode, which can cool in summer and heat in winter. All special features add up to the cost of the unit.

Step 5.  Check for Installation charges

Some stores offer free installation of the Air Conditioner units, while other pad extra changes. Unless you are quite a handyman, take the option of installation by a professional as it will save you the trouble of installing the unit yourself.

Step 6.  Warranties

Check for after sales service and how long warranty is valid. Sometimes the compressor has a longer warranty compared to other parts which have less warranty time. Choose the unit which has the longest warranty and the brand and store has reputation that you can trust.

If you wish, a selection of Popular Air Conditioner Models can also be viewed by clicking on any of the images provided below…

Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own experiences of picking or buying your own Air Conditioner by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that people in the community can learn also!

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