When it comes to buying a new air conditioning system, there are so many options out there, and many considerations that must be taken into account to ensure that you are getting the product that is right for you. There is size, area, style, and type of technology to consider, and those factors are only the beginning. That’s why this month’s article is designed to give you a list of some of the most fundamental things that you need to know before you dive into the process of buying your new air conditioner. Read on to discover the essential knowledge that will help you on your way to a new cooling system, including our top tip on the importance of air conditioner service.
1: The Best Time to Buy a New Air Conditioner
As it goes with many major purchases, including buying large appliances, it is always best to not make these decisions under time pressure. A proactive and pre-emptive attitude is generally best – meaning that you should be thinking about replacing your air conditioner or buying your first one before you urgently need one.
That means that the optimal time to purchase a new air conditioner for most regions in Australia such as Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane, is Spring. The months of September to November are considered off-peak when it comes to air conditioner demand, and that’s why this is a great time to consider a new purchase. During Spring, and generally Autumn, customers have a greater chance of getting a good deal than in a high-demand period like the height of Summer.
2: What Size Air Conditioner to Consider
An important decision to make when it comes to a new air conditioner is the size of the system that you need for you and your home. There are many things to consider regarding size, including the area or number of rooms you wish to cool, the overall size of your home, and the region you live in. All of these factors will impact the size and power of the cooling system that you decide to purchase.
It is also important that you understand the kilowatt (kW) output of the systems that you are considering. Kilowatts measure the power output of electrical appliances, including air conditioners, and one kW equals 1,000 electrical watts. The last thing that you want to do is purchase and install an air conditioner that is not powerful enough for the rooms or areas that you need it for. Luckily the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating has a handy online calculator, that we recommend using before making any purchases.
3: Understanding Energy Ratings
The next critical factor to consider is energy ratings and energy efficiency. In order to be legally sold in Australia all air conditioning systems must meet minimum energy performance standards (MEPS). While there remain different energy ratings between brands, systems, and models, you can rest assured that any system you buy in Australia meets a minimum standard for energy efficiency.
Firstly, energy ratings for air conditioners are zoned, because cooler performance is impacted by the climate that they operate in. Therefore, to read the energy rating label, you first look at the rating for the three different climate zones (hot, average, and cold). This way, you can immediately understand which type of product is best for your region. Next, the label displays the estimated annual energy use in kilowatt hours (kWh), allowing you to compare energy usage easily. Lastly, the label also indicates the capacity for cooling at an outdoor temperature and a noise indicator in decibels.
4: How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Air Conditioner
Finally, before buying a new air conditioner, it is important that you have the knowledge you need to properly maintain, and perhaps even extend the lifespan of your new system. Coolers are not an insignificant financial investment, so it is essential that you are aware of how to get the best efficiency and the most years out of your air conditioner.
The most important thing that you can do for your cooling system is to regularly get a professional air conditioner service. When you routinely service and maintain your air conditioner, you help to ensure that your system is working as efficiently as possible and that you can fix any minor issues before they become major ones. Servicing also helps to make sure that your cooling system is running as safely as possible.
Remember: maintaining a routine schedule of servicing is critical to the health and lifespan of your air conditioner, so be sure to consult the air conditioning experts for your new system.
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