Beat the summer heat and stay cool with air conditioning. We give you the scoop on the different systems available and how to score affordable air conditioning installation.
While most of the nation would eagerly welcome any relief from the sweltering summer days, unfortunately the hefty price tag that goes hand-in-hand with air conditioning often makes it an unrealistic option.
Not only do homeowners have to fork out for the cost of the unit but they also have to factor in installation, running and repair costs into their budget.
Provided you’re prepared to shop around and compare prices there are plenty of ways to cut costs.
There are so many different types of air conditioners on the market that it can be difficult to select the right one for your home.
Before making a purchase you’ll need to “measure up” to work out what size unit you need and decide whether you want to cool a single room, a host of rooms or the whole house.
To make your life a little easier we’ve listed the main models available:
Example: Portable systems
This air conditioner can be plugged into a normal power point and moved easily from room to room. Air conditioning installation is not required.
Example: Wall/window systems
This type of air conditioning unit fits into the top or bottom of a window or wall.
Examples: Split systems, Central/ducted systems, Ducted systems
Split system air conditioner is “split” into two components. The working unit (compressor) is fitted on the outside of the house (minimising noise) while the output device is placed inside – either in the wall, ceiling or on the floor.
Central/ducted systems are effective for cooling an entire house, air is piped down ducts and through vents in the ceiling or floor.
Ducted systems are units are capable of cooling and heating, so you save money on a heater.