Buying an Air Conditioner
Before Buying an Air Conditioner
Once you are determined and ready with your home appliance budget, decide few things that are of utmost importance and can help you garner maximum benefit from the purchased commodity.
Dimensions Of the Room
One of the obvious factors that you must have already thought is the location of the air conditioner. Generally, it may be the bedroom, drawing room or the study room of your kids. Wherever you plan to install it, remember to carefully analyze the measurements of the room. Depending on the area, you can decide the variant that you wish to buy. For rooms with a smaller area, a small or medium size air conditioner would suffice, but if the room is too large then a smaller one won’t be able to provide the required cooling or it may take longer than usual to cool. For example, if the area to be cooled is nearly 250 to 300 square feet, then an air conditioner of capacity 7,000 btu per hour is needed. You can ask the dealer and even check the energy capacity on your own (mentioned in manuals/hand books). Here, don’t get a wrong assumption that bigger the conditioner, better will be its performance. An air conditioner of higher energy specification will consume more electrical energy and the components may wear off faster. But, keep it as a thumb rule to match the dimensions of the room. Besides this, also ponder over the points:
Number of windows that are in the room
Number of people staying in the room
Height of the ceiling
Other possible openings that you may have in the room, like ventilators
Decide the Exact Place for Installation
Now, you must have a rough idea of the room and the capacity. Start zeroing in on the spot, where you will install the air conditioner. Normally they are installed on windows of the rooms. Measure the exact size of the window. Choose a window that helps the air conditioner to face the side of your bed or close to your bed. If it is not possible to decide a perfect position, you can try changing the position of your beds, tables and make adjustments.
Power Supply Socket
You must be aware that an air conditioner will require an electrical unit that supports its working and can bear the electrical load of the huge alternating current that electrical systems like air conditioners draw. It’s imperative that the plug unit in your wall is capable of handling the operations. If not, then ask your local electrician to install a plug and socket unit that will work for higher voltage rating like 230 volt AC circuit.
Though it’s not at all needed to dive into the plethora of engineering aspects of the construction of the air conditioner, it is not a bad idea to be aware of some technical terms that you can check out, when you go for the buy. Check out the BTU rating. The BTU is nothing, but the British Thermal Unit for the measurement of the cooling capacity energy of the air conditioner. It is an internationally accepted unit of energy. When talked in the terminology of air conditioners, you can say that BTU measures the amount of heat it can remove from the room. The size, weight, and cost all the three increase with the increase in the BTU ratings. The usual BTU ratings are somewhere between 5000 to 24000 BTU. Always check the compatibility of the room size and the BTU rating, so that you will be able to get maximized performance from your purchase.
Another factor, that you may want to know is the EER rating. EER rating is the energy efficiency ratio, that is calculated by dividing the BTU value with the number of watts. The higher a EER value, better the air conditioner is. EER value generally ranges between 8 to 11.5 and if you live in a very hot place, then the value has to be above 10. However, higher the EER value, more expensive it is. Besides these, check out the thermostat, filters, fan and chassis, so that you can be sure that the air conditioner will work efficiently and provide you great service.
There are few other factors that can help you in choosing your air conditioner. Weight is one such factor. Normally, they weight about 100 pounds, so take some help for installation. For the installation purpose, the companies help you with experts, so that your air conditioner can be properly installed. If you think you cannot do it yourself, then please take professional help.