Air conditioners are indispensable for most Americans these days. Not only can they keep us comfortable during the warmest months, but they also make it possible for people to live and work in even the hottest environments. However, their effectiveness and performance depends on their suitability for the location they are meant to cool. The following suggestions will assist you in determining an air conditioner’s suitability for your home or office.
To choose the best kind of air conditioner, you should think about the room where you want the unit to be installed. If the room has a window where the machine can be fitted, you should just pick up a window unit. These are the cheapest units on the market. They are also fairly easy to install as long as you have some basic tools and someone to help you balance it on the window sill while securing it.
If you don’t have a window where you can position a window unit, a split air conditioner is a good alternative. These have become increasingly popular in recent years because the loudest part of the unit (the condenser ) is placed outside. Meanwhile, only the fan is inside your home. This makes them particularly quiet.
While split units have been used in Europe and Asia for many years, they have recently taken off in the US. These are some of the most energy-efficient units you can find these days. And as more split units have flooded the market, the prices have dropped quite a bit. Also, many split air conditioners can be easily installed as a DIY weekend project.
A portable model is best for those who do not want a unit to be installed in any specific space. You must keep in mind that even a portable air conditioner requires ventilation. This means that you need to vent it through a door, window, wall, or even a ceiling panel.
User-friendliness is also an important criterion to consider before you make your purchase. You want an air conditioner with a host of useful features. In particular, we recommend that you look for a unit that is quiet and has a waterless tank. This will reduce the hassle of having to drain the tank on a regular basis.
Many units come with remote controls, and this can be a useful feature to adjust the temperature from across the room. Finally, a timer is a particularly handy because it allows you to set a specific time for the unit to shut on or off. We like to set our machine to turn on automatically before we arrive home from work during the dog days of summer.