Types of Air Conditioning
The first step when purchasing a new air conditioner is to identify the different types available. There are three main types of air conditioners: central air conditioners, window air conditioners, and mini-split air conditioners.
Central air conditioners are very powerful, and are able to cool a larger room more efficiently. They work by having a central unit, which can regulate cool air throughout the house via ducts in the wall or ceiling. In most cases, these types of air conditioners are installed in the loft or the crawlspace of the house.
Window air conditioners are the most common type of air conditioner in the UK, as they’re inexpensive and straightforward to install. Sadly, this type of air conditioner can be noisy and may not be able to cool a room as effectively.
Mini-split air conditioners are relatively new to the market, but are becoming more popular in recent years. Mini-split units are more energy efficient than central and window air conditioners, and can be installed in individual rooms or zones. Additionally, these units are ductless, meaning they're not as noisy and are more aesthetically pleasing. As they don’t require ducts, mini-split air cons are easy to retrofit and don’t require extensive (and expensive) home alteration.
In addition to finding the correct type of air conditioner for your property, there are several other factors to consider before making your purchase.
1. Efficiency rating - checking the efficiency rating is crucial. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the air conditioner will be, saving you money on energy bills.
2. Noise - the noise level of the air conditioner can play a vital part in making your decision, the lower the dB rating is the quieter the air conditioner will be.
3. Warranty - all air conditioners will come with a warranty as standard, however there are some air conditioners that will come with an extended warranty - providing peace of mind should anything go wrong.