In today’s modern world, air-conditioners had seem became a necessity to one’s life other than just food, clothing and shelter. Worst, especially during Malaysia’s heat spell weather, more and more families are desperately installing or upgrading new aircons in every possible room and/or communal areas of their homes.
Hence, it’s not always the case that owning multiple and/or an oversized air-conditioner simply means cooler and cost effective. Below are 4 great tips we wish to share to you on how to select an ideal air-conditioner for your home.
1. TYPE OF AIR-CONDITIONERS
Usually for home users, we does not recommend installing a cassette or ceiling suspended split-system (which are commonly used for commercials) due to its bulkiness, less effectiveness, waste of energy consumptions and money. Hence, a decent wall mounted unit should be sufficient for residential use.
Ideally you should choose an energy efficient air conditioning, a good 5-star certified model, not only of its cooling comforts, but could to save you a lot on the monthly bills as well.
Because of this, energy rated inverted models are now becoming more and more popular for their long term usage and durability, despite higher purchase cost.
2. WHAT IS THE RIGHT SIZE
First, you need to determine the square footage (SQFT) of the cooling space. Then make necessary adjustments based on the room’s circumstances e.g. facing sunset, in kitchen instead of sleeping room, 2 or more are occupying the space, etc.
Use the chart below (as references) to determine your aircon capacity e.g 1HP, 2HP or more.
3. WHERE TO INSTALL?
The sole purpose of an air-conditioner is to move out heat from your home. A good rule of thumb is to have the both below:
- air blowing direction of your aircon e.g angle the blower towards crowd area
- ensure good (free) airflow surrounding the external compressor unit, avoid installing at enclosed areas
Having regular maintenance is the key for durability and cool efficiency. According to the US Department of Energy, dirty filters will consume 15% more energy compared to clean ones.
Hence, easy diy e.g. cleaning the filtering nets, dusting out the blower and face plate can be done ourselves on a regular basis (once a month), while you should also engage a professional on a chemical wash procedure on a periodic time frame (12-18 months depending on the usage) to prevent nasty mould, mildew and bacteria built-up.
That’s all for today and we hope after reading this article, you will have an idea on how to choose the correct air conditioner for your home.
P/S: If you looking for any reliable resources on installing new or maintaining your old air-conditioner units, please do not hesitate to contact us @ 1800 1818 95. We do have a list of installers or contractors who are professional in this area.
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