In the winter, it can be hard to imagine why you would need an air conditioning unit. However, during the summer, a stuffy work and business sectors can be quite uncomfortable. Despite this, choosing the right air conditioning unit can be a nightmare. With this guide, making the right choice should be a bit easier.
A Standalone Unit
Such a unit will usually cost you £200 at its most basic. The best part about such a unit is that you can cool your home without the need to install anything. Hot air is vented through a hose, which means the unit can be moved from room to room with ease. Some of the units even double as air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and electric heaters. However, it does have a few issues such as a security risk since venting air takes place via an open window. Besides that, a portable unit will usually leak heat back into the room.
Such a unit will usually cost about £500, which is not inclusive of the installation fee. This is an ideal unit for a room, which gets very hot. With this unit, you do not have to leave any windows in the work or business sector open. Besides that, it is usually quieter and more efficient than a standalone unit. The main downside is that it is usually more costly than a standalone unit is.
Sizing Air Conditioning Units
Air conditioners come in different sizes and shapes. However, most are described in terms of the BTU output. A unit is usually considered more efficient the higher its BTU number is. In general, to estimate the requirements of a room, multiply its dimensions by 5. To ensure you do not waste energy, look for a unit with a high energy efficiency ratio (EER) or use our size calculator to see what size you need.
Other Features You Need to Examine
One feature you should look for is the dehumidifier mode. It offers you more control and allows the air conditioner to be useful all year and not just in the summer. However, buying an AC unit just because it has a dehumidifier could prove more expensive than purchasing two separate units.
Another feature you need to look out for is the timer. It will let you set the machine to switch off and on. This will help you to turn on the unit only when you are at the work place, which can save you energy. Pick a unit with a clock. Some units even feature a delay time or countdown timer, which has to be reset daily.
Besides that, you can opt for a unit with remote control. This lets you control the temperature in a room without having to leave your seat. If you are prone to losing your things, look for a unit that comes with a dock for storing your items.
On a final note, look for a unit that also works as an electric heater. This can be quite useful in the winter. However, just like the dehumidifier, it might prove cheaper to buy separate heating and ventilation units.
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