The energy efficient and inexpensive air conditioners have made summers easy for all of us. The room air conditioners are better in a way that they can be used only when cooling is required and switched off at other times unlike the central cooling units that run throughout the day.
Here is a rundown of a few tips to help you pick the right air conditioner-
Factors to consider while buying an air conditioner
Appropriately sizing a room air conditioner
It depends on the size of a room what the cooling capacity of an air conditioner should be. A bigger air conditioner may not necessarily provide better cooling. An air conditioner is supposed to remove both the heat and the humidity from a room. If it is way too big for a room, it only cools down the room quickly without removing the entire humidity from the room. If your room is small a large air conditioning will only waste electricity and energy.
Smart air conditioner
A smart air conditioner saves you from coming back home to a hot environment and waiting for quite a while till your room is cool. It also has features that can help you save energy and money. You have the perks of being able to control your air conditioner from anywhere. Smart air conditioners are especially helpful when your daily routine does not have any particular schedule to stick to. You can also connect them to the other smart home devices to fit them in your daily routine.
Some of the additional features to look for are-
- A filter
- Controls that are arranged properly
- Thermostat with a digital readout
- A timer
- The unit’s power requirement must match the requirements of the home’s electrical system. The standard room units run at 115 or 230 volts.
Operating your air conditioner
Prior planning should be carried out before installing an air conditioner. Your air conditioning unit should be leveled up with the rated unit of the room to ensure that all the mechanisms inside the air conditioner work properly. Make sure that there is no direct sunlight falling on the outdoor heat exchanger of the system. This decreases the efficiency of the ac by almost around 10%. The unit should be preferably installed in a shaded region. Do not place any heat emitting appliances near the air conditioner because the thermostat can easily sense the heat and send false signals to the air conditioner which results in longer cooling than necessary.
The electricity usage is less when there is a smaller difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. So do not set your thermostat to a colder setting than normal. It will only result in excessive cooling and unwanted electricity expenses.