The purpose of an air conditioner is to keep a space cool and comfortable. The device does this by removing both heat and humidity from an enclosed space. If you are in the process of selecting an air conditioner to purchase, there are a number of different factors you should consider including what type of air conditioner you need and the cooling capacity it should have.
Different Types of Air Conditioners
There are a total of four different types of air conditioner units: window, wall, portable, and central.
Window units tend to be the more popular choice. This is especially true for a homeowner or business owner who prefers to do everything on his or her own. This type of unit is easy to install because it fits perfectly into a window opening.
Through-the-wall units are significantly bigger than window units. They are also a lot heavier, which makes them a less desirable choice. This type of air conditioning unit tend to use a lot of power as well.
Just as the name suggests, a portable unit is ideal for someone who wants to take their air conditioning with them wherever they go. It is a great choice for spaces without windows.
Central units (also known as full or entire home units) are ideal for keeping an entire house at a cool and comfortable temperature. This is the most extensive type of air conditioning system. It requires an expert to help install and maintain it for you.
The Cooling Capacity of The Unit
The cooling capacity of an air conditioning unit is measured using what is known as BTUs. The size of a room and/or house is used to determine what the cooling capacity of a unit needs to been. Factors that need to be considered to determine the cooling capacity include:
- The number of windows
- Insulation quality
- Other cooling appliances being used
- Number of people
An HVAC expert would be able to help you determine exactly what cooling capacity you need for an individual room or an entire home.
When Should You Purchase Your Air Conditioner?
For obvious reasons, air conditioners are always in high demand during the summer time. This means there will be slim pickings and the prices will be fairly high. Just because you will not use an air conditioner during the winter does not mean you cannot buy it during the winter. You will have more choices and save a lot of money if you make your purchase and have it installed by an expert during a season other than summer.
Visit an AC dealer like Central Aire Conditioning to make your selection.