With so many options out there, from central air conditioning to portable and window AC units, to ductless mini split systems, and more, it can be hard to figure out how to choose an air conditioner that will work best for your needs. There are two kinds of air conditioners, and you may have seen both of them in use in libraries, cafes, homes, hotels, etc. These are window ACs and Split ACs.
- To get the right AC, the most important aspect you first need to figure out is capacity. What capacity you require will determine if the AC you bought will underperform or simply be overkill. Factors to decide include the size of the room as well as ambient temperature, and how many of the walls of that room are actually exposed to the sun directly from outside.
- ACs are notorious for contributing big numbers to your electricity bill, which is why a lot of people only use them when necessary. However, whether you plan on using the AC sparsely or all the time, you can regulate these costs by going for a model that has a good energy rating. Every AC will come with a 5-star scale by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. The rating here determines how well your AC is with its power efficiency.
- An inverter is what converts Direct current (DC) into (AC) and when it comes to Air conditioners, you can find both inverter ACs and non-inverter ACs. Non-inverter ACs have the compressor running at a fixed speed. It can either be turned on or off. During use, the compressor will turn on and run till your room reaches the required temperature, then switch off, only to switch on and cool it again when the temperature starts warming again. Inverter ACs convert the AC current from your wall socket into DC and then back to AC for the compressor that powers the appliance.
- Some ACs will come with filters and that will help keep air clean and cool at the same time. Others may also double up as heaters. If it gets too cold in your area during winters, this may be worth looking into. Other features like sleep timers, fan swing modes, etc are common to most ACs these days, but check for them regardless.