CHILL OUT AT HOME HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT AIR CON HELPFUL FACTS
Insulated homes retain cool or heat for longer periods than homes without insulation
It’s better if windows and doors are draught-proof, otherwise cooled air can escape and the machine must work harder to maintain a level temperature
Windows exposed to direct sunlight can rapidly absorb heat into the room
The exterior or a house affects the temperature inside. Weatherboards absorb heat faster than bricks or cement, but the latter two retain heat for longer
A plan or drawing of your room/space can help an air conditioning salesperson determine the right system for your needs AFTER sweating through 41degree heat in November, home airconditioning is looking like a must for summer.
But people shouldn’t rush to buy the first system they see, chief executive of the Australian Refrigeration Council Glen Evans said.
“Think about influencing factors like insulation, windows and the number of rooms to be cooled,” he said.
“For multiple rooms, a multisplit or ducted system might be more suitable.”
People should also consider a system’s power and what would be the correct capacity for their needs.
“Make note of the size and orientation of rooms and windows in your house … and remember that drapes, blinds and shady trees are all barriers to the elements,” Mr Evans said.
It was also important to consider the energy efficiency of the system, which is indicated by the star energy rating label on the product.
More stars meant more efficient use of energy, less cost in power bills and less damage to the environment.
Mr Evans also highlighted the importance of hiring an ARClicensed technician who can legally install and service airconditioners that contain fluorocarbons.
Always choose a licensed technician to install a new airconditioning system