Nov 12, 2013

Evaporative Cooling – Melbourne Residents’ Checklist of Factors to Consider In Buying an A/C

Nothing can be more refreshing on a hot summer day than lounging around in an air conditioned room. But there's more to purchasing an A/C that homeowners should know. After all, an air conditioning system is a sizeable investment. Here are a few factors to consider before purchasing one.

In choosing an air conditioning system, one of the first things you need to look at is the warranty offered by the manufacturer. Should you notice something wrong with the A/C just a few days after installation, you will have peace of mind knowing that you do not have to fork out additional money.

One common factor considered by homeowners in purchasing an air conditioner is the price tag. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Some of the pricier units pay for themselves in efficiency such that homeowners actually save more despite the higher initial cost.

Your choice of air conditioning system to install in your house will also depend on the area in which it will be installed. As a rule of thumb, the A/C should be placed in an area that is free of debris and other obstructions. In order to perform optimally, the vents should not be obstructed. You might also want to opt for an A/C system that is quieter especially if you live close to neighbours or if you want to catch up on your favourite TV show in silence.

Finally, you need to consider the energy efficiency of the unit. Experts estimate that heating and cooling systems account for about 50% of a home's energy consumption and unless you have tons of money, this is one important thing to consider.

It is also good to have at least a rough idea of the best qualities of the different A/C systems available in the market. Here's how three of the most popular units stack up against each other.

Evaporative cooling, Melbourne residents should know, is one of the most energy-efficient units. On top of that, installing it requires minimal investment. If you've got a family member who's prone to asthma, hay fever or allergies, this is the best type of unit to purchase because it does not dry the air.

Split system air conditioning, Melbourne homeowners should also take note, is similar to evaporative cooling due to its efficient energy consumption. On top of that, it is a low maintenance system and allows homeowners to vary the temperature in each room.

Reverse cycle air conditioners are preferred by homeowners who want energy efficiency and versatility in their A/C unit. These units can be used both in summer and winter and have the ability to remove humidity while improving air quality in a room.

About the Author:        
Kenneth Lawrence is an “all-around, DIY” handyman.  He has been sharing his knowledge and skills about home improvement and off-the-market, useful appliances and furniture on his blogs. He learns about and gets constant updates about the newest on home HVAC units on this link:
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