Jan 9, 2014

Choose the Right Unit for Air Conditioning – London Experts Provide a Purchase Guide

Although it’s cool year-round in the UK compared to the rest of the world, there are some days that are just so uncomfortably humid and most homeowners maintain ideal temperature and humidity inside the home by turning on the air conditioning or AC. Most residential provisions these days already come with a unit but if you wish to purchase a different one and have the most suitable unit for air conditioning, London HVAC experts claim that you need to take into consideration the actual cooling needs of your household and maintenance requirements.

Say, there are rooms in your home that do not really need air conditioning; in this case, a centralised air conditioning system would not be the right choice for you. Another consideration would be how much energy the unit consumes per use – there are more energy-efficient ones than others, such as the newer brands which have a different and advanced configuration. Likewise, it’s important to take note of your home’s structural design because it’s important to make smart use of space especially if you just live in a small apartment. And lastly, look at the model – there will be an R22 phase out soon, so it’s more practical to purchase the latest AC models (instead of second-hand ones) that do not use R22 as a refrigerant because it will no longer be available in the future.

Once you’ve taken all these things into account, then you can choose the right air conditioning unit for your home that also fits your budget. To further assist you, here is a purchase guide provided by HVAC professionals.

1.   Window unit – This is perhaps that most common and is used to cool and condition a room. It comes in different sizes (referring to the number of BTUs) and, in a way, can be more economical because cooling is confined and the unit is only turned on depending on the need. Prices depend largely on the manufacturing brand but a window unit is usually very affordable.
2.   Portable unit – This offers the benefit of convenience because it can be moved from one room to another as needed. It has both cooling and dehumidifying functions; however, it does not as work as powerfully as window or central air conditioners. As for the cost of portable units, many are double the price of small window units.
3.   Central air conditioning system – This is deemed most ideal for large homes in areas with warmer weather. It’s surely more costly to install (as HVAC professionals still have to calculate the volume of space of your home and estimate the cooling ability of the compressor and system) and maintain, but it offers the benefit of being easy to integrate with a heating system. Bonus tip: It’s best to install centralised air conditioning systems during the “off season” like the fall or early winter because installers are not as busy and many even offer discounted rates for their services. Regular air conditioning maintenance, London HVAC experts claim, is necessary to ensure proper performance especially during warm weather.

About the author: Kenneth Lawrence is a “Handyman” and a freelance writer. He writes articles about gardening, home renovation, kitchen improvement, interior designing and other topics that can help homeowners improve their houses. To know more about HVAC units, he also visits www.quantechenv.co.uk.
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