How to Choose the Right AC Unit For Your Home

Are you looking to invest in an AC unit for your home?

If the answer is yes, then good for you – air conditioning can truly transform the comfort level of your home to a whole new level. The thing is though, there are so many different models out there, and every home is different, as well as your priorities.

That being said, in order to get the most out of your investment, first, you need to consider different aspects in order to be able to make a good purchase.

What Type of AC Unit Do You Need?

The type of AC unit that you need is heavily impacted by several factors regarding your home. While for most homes, a reverse-cycle split-system air conditioner is a safe and overall efficient option, for some of them, this system isn’t all that necessary. For instance, if you have a small home, it really doesn’t make sense for you to opt for a regular split-system which can easily regulate an open space area up to 60m2. 

If you have some rooms in which you spend more time, you might even consider opting for a portable AC unit. On the other hand, If you want to cover several different rooms of varying sizes, a multi-split system might be the best for you. Basically, there are a lot of options out there, but before opting for anything, be sure to understand what are your priorities!

Size Matters

As we have previously mentioned, the size of your home heavily impacts what type of AC unit you should choose, but there is one more size-related aspect that you should consider – the size of the AC unit itself. As experts from TinyHouseHugeIdeas.com explain, an efficient and powerful air conditioner doesn’t need to take up all that much space, and in some cases, it’s a better option than a bulky unit. This is especially important if you happen to live in a small home, why waste precious space if there is no need to do so?

On the other hand, if you have a larger space in which you want to install an AC unit, choosing a smaller system in order to save up energy isn’t really going to pay off. This is purely due to the fact that you will still have bigger expenses in order to power up the unit, and yet, the desired effect isn’t going to be achieved since the unit isn’t powerful enough.

Consider Energy Efficiency

All the aspects that we have previously discussed have an impact on energy efficiency, but in order to make the right choice, you need to understand how to choose the wattage of an AC system that your home requires. Be sure not to overlook doing so, you surely don’t want to overpay for no proper reason.

Basically, for every 20 m2, you are looking for a capacity of 2-2.5 kW. So, by adding up the square meters, you are going to find out the exact capacity of an AC unit that you need regarding the size of the room in question.

Does the Noise Bother You?

While most of the non-portable AC unit models tend to be pretty quiet, in case you opt for a portable one due to the factors that we have discussed in the text above, you should know that these units tend to be a bit noisier, even when operating on the lowest fan settings. Of course, there are some options that are far less noisy than the regular ones, but be sure to look for the less noisy options when buying a portable unit if you think that the noise is going to bother you.

Don’t Overlook the Air Filters

Last but definitely not least, even though the filters can be bought separately from the unit, it’s still pretty important to think about the quality of the ones that you opt for. In most cases, people primarily choose to install an air conditioning system because they want to cool/heat their homes, but a good AC unit, combined with quality filters is going to be able to increase the air quality in your home as well! Basically, a good air filter is able to keep dust, pollen, other different allergens, animal hair, and similar away from your home.

The key here, as well as with any important purchase, is that you really shouldn’t overlook the importance of doing the research. It is going to help you make a more informed decision when it comes to your AC unit, and by doing the research, you are able to spot the pros and cons of certain systems that you otherwise wouldn’t even be aware of. 

All of that being said, be sure to do your homework on all the aspects that we have talked about in this article, and you will surely end up with an AC unit that you are going to enjoy for a long time!

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Stephanie McQueen

Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She enjoys collecting information about tiny houses and writing easy-to-understand articles that help you make informed decisions whether you're building, buying, renting, selling, or parking your tiny house. Only thing she loves to do more than hoard information? Share it! Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn, her portfolio, or her done-for-you marketing agency, Employed By Life Online.

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