If you live in a warmer climate and do not have air conditioning installed in your home, it is something that you might want to consider. You will not only be able to live more comfortably in the hotter months of the year, but you will also be adding value to your home if you ever decide to sell it. Although it is advisable to have an expert install your system, a competent DIY enthusiast can also do the job. There is a wealth of information on the subject available freely on the Internet, and you can find out much more information by clicking here.
The BTU Rating
The acronym BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, and it is the amount of energy that is required to heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. Most domestic air conditioning units will vary in BTU rating from 5000 to 1800 BTU’s. The bigger the room is that the air conditioner will be used in, the higher BTU rating you will require. The best way to work out what you need would be to speak to a professional and have them come and measure the room and give you an estimate. A simple way to get your requirements yourself would be to work out the square footage of the room you wish to cool, and multiply this by 35. To work out the square footage of a room, multiply the length of the room in feet by the width. You will then need to choose a system that has the required BTU rating as this will be the most efficient system to operate.
The Best Type of Unit
There are many different types of air conditioning units available, but by far the most popular domestic unit is the Split Air Conditioner. With this kind of system, it is split into two parts, with the compressor and condenser coil being placed outside the room, and the cooling coil, fan and air filter being placed inside the room you wish to cool. There are many different manufacturers of systems, so it is worth your time shopping around and trying to find the best possible deal that you can.
To make sure that you maximise the efficiency of your air conditioning system, you will want to make sure that you do everything that you can to stop the cold air from escaping. Double glazing is not only an excellent way to keep warm air in, but it is also efficient at keeping cool air in. Reduce drafts as much as possible and add draft excluders to the bottom of your door to stop the cold air from escaping. The best temperature to set your system to would be around 25 degrees Celsius, which will keep your room cool and not have the compressor working overtime and wasting electricity. To save the unit from running all night, when you go to bed use the timer facility to turn it off automatically after a few hours, which will also help to save you some money.
With these tips, your home will be lovely and cool all year round; so comfortable that you may not want to leave it at all!