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Air Conditioners Buying Guide

An air conditioner will extract the hot air from a room and recycle it to turn it into cool air that is released back into the room there by cooling the overall room temperature; perfect for hot summer months and keeping ordinarily stuffy rooms feeling light and airy.

Picking an air conditioner can be difficult as they can be a costly investment so you do not want to be stuck with an ineffective one that only seems to be good at making additional noise.

Different types of air conditioners

Choosing the type of air conditioner you wish to buy is a personal choice and will be determined much by the use and environment it is in. There are 6 main types of air conditioner available:

The Wall Type - Normally this is suitable for a small space such as a living room or bedroom. This type of air conditioner is compact and attaches to the wall of a room.

The Ceiling/Floor Type -
Normally this is suitable for a large or small space such as a conference room, bedroom, restaurant or an office. This type of air conditioner is a little larger than the wall type but also attaches to the wall and the ceiling of a room.

Package Type -
These tend to resemble a tall closet and are normally suitable for a environment that people may pass in and out such as a food shop or restaurant. They can be installed on the floor without being stuck in one place.

Built in Type -
These are more suited to a room that requires aesthetic appeal such as a luxury hotel or room in a designer house. They are normally installed in the ceiling, out of sight or less than noticeable.

Window Type -
This type of air conditioner includes a condensing unit and fan coil unit which can be installed by hiding them in the wall without the use of refrigerated pipes. This means it should be installed in a hole in a thick wall or a window.

Movable Type -
Perfect for almost any room or environment this type of air conditioner can be moved everywhere and their is no need to install it in your room of choice.

Read the product description thoroughly

Every air conditioner will have a maximum room size it will be efficient in and an Energy Label. These will help you determine if it is suitable for your room and if it is going to use a lot of power for minimal output; ideally aim for a ranking that is near the beginning of the alphabet with A being the most efficient grade. If you cannot physically see this label ie you are buying from a catalogue or online you should ask the retailer or read over the product description on their website.

Ease of operating

If possible try a demonstration module or read the manual of the air conditioner first so you can see how user-friendly it is. One that comes with a remote control is most convenient for everyday use, but you might find yourself paying more for this option. However, a range of settings will enable you to get the most use out of it and the most value for money.

Appearance

Whilst this might not be a priority for everyone; remember this air conditioner will be on display in your home or office so it is important that you are happy with how it looks. The industrial feel of most air conditioners can be reduced with different colours and sleek designs if you want one to be a slightly more permanent fixture in your room.

Installation Costs

Finally depending on which type of air conditioner you decide to purchase you may need to employ someone to install. Remember to include the cost of the installation as well as the purchase price when working towards a budget. Your air conditioner may be for domestic or a commercial setting and it is recommended to get an approved and reputable specialist to install it for you. Normally you can get advice from the retailer who sold you the air conditioner or the company that produces the product for a list of recommended installation specialists.