Air Conditioning FAQs & Guidance

Published: 24 Apr 2023 ・ Read time: 4 mins
During hot summer days, air conditioning units are typically the most effective way to keep ourselves cool. However, choosing the right air conditioner for your home can be challenging as there are many important factors to keep in mind - such as the size of your property, budget and the outside climate. 
Throughout this article, we answer several frequently asked questions regarding air conditioning units to assist you in selecting the right unit.

Which air conditioning unit is best for my home?

A good air conditioning unit will cool any room quickly and steadily. Here are some of the different types of Air Conditioning units currently available;
  • Window air conditioner will be the most popular option because they are inexpensive and simple to install. They can also be taken from room to room when needed, however they can be pretty noisy and may not be as efficient as other conditioning units. 
  • Split-System air conditioning units are more expensive but they are more efficient and a lot quieter. These split system units consist of both indoor and outdoor units and are the perfect choice for larger properties.
  • Central air conditioners are the most expensive, but are also the most efficient type of air conditioning. They consist of one large unit that distributes cool air all throughout your home via vents. Similar to the split system units, the central air conditioners are suitable for larger properties with multiple floors.
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Can air conditioners heat a room?

Several air conditioners have the ability to heat a room - such as the Bosch Climate range. They do this by essentially working in reverse - the evaporator takes cold air out of the room, heats it, and then re-circulates it into the room. 
It's worth mentioning that, whilst many air conditioning units can heat as well as cool, they aren't usually the most efficient long-term solution for heating a room. Other solutions, such as Underfloor Heating or Radiators are generally a more effective alternative to heat a room in the long term, especially during the cold winter months.

Why is air conditioning important?

Air conditioning is important for a number of different reasons. Firstly air conditioning can help you keep cool and comfortable during the hot summer months. It can help maximize productivity at work or school and also help against heat-prevented illnesses such as the risk of stroke and dehydration. In addition, air-con units can improve the quality of air by removing pollutants, allergens and dust mites.

Are air conditioning units expensive to run?

There are several factors that will affect the cost of operating an air conditioning unit:
  • Size of the air conditioning unit - an air conditioning unit that’s too large for a room may use excessive power, however a unit that’s too small will use extra power trying to keep up with temperature demand.
  • Climate - a hotter climate will also result in your air conditioning unit having to work harder using more energy to cool the air in the room.
  • Usage duration - an obvious but important consideration. Leaving your air conditioner on throughout the day will result in greater electricity usage, in comparison to only using it for a few hours a day.

Handy tips to save you money on air conditioning costs

  • Install a higher-rated efficiency unit.
  • Using your air conditioning unit only when needed.
  • Keeping the unit clean and well maintained.
  • Having your air-con unit regularly serviced.
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Will air conditioning units lower humidity?

In a nutshell, yes. Air conditioners are a great way to reduce the humidity in a room since they remove moisture from the air by using an evaporator coil. As a result, you can significantly improve your health and overall comfort and reduce the risk of potential damage from excessive humidity.

Can Air conditioning make you sick?

Although air conditioning cannot make you feel sick, you can start to become more susceptible to viruses and bacteria that can lead to colds and the flu if your room is poorly ventilated or from a poorly-maintained unit, running the risk of dry nasal passages which can lead to infection and other respiratory illnesses.

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We hope we have answered everything you need about Air Conditioning units so your project goes as smoothly as possible. To find out more, get in touch with our team of experts or click here to discover our extensive range of air conditioning units.

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