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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.

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Al­ways choose a li­censed tech­ni­cian to in­stall a new air­con­di­tion­ing sys­tem

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