According to meteorologists and climate experts, our seasons are getting hotter. For homeowners in the UK, it’s a bit of a double edged sword. On the one hand, it’s a chance of respite from the stereotypically dreary English weather. However, we also know that a permanent rise in temperatures can cause real problems.
Over the last three years, Britain has experienced much warmer summers than usual, and this has led to an increase in restless nights and tired mornings. Without home air conditioning, sleeping in hot, humid conditions can be tough. This is why it’s worth investing in a high quality system that is suitable for use in the bedroom.
Keep reading for advice on how to pick a good air conditioning system and give yourself a summer of peaceful nights.
Choosing the Right Size
Generally, bedrooms require only small air conditioning units. The exact size will depend on how big the space is but you probably don’t need much more than an 8.4kW system. For a room around 20 square metres, a 4.2kW split system is recommended. If your bedroom is a little bigger, at around 40 square metres, try a 5.6kW product.
You must be sensible about the size of a home air conditioning unit if you’re planning to install it in your place of rest. Not only do you want to avoid clunking, clanking systems, but you also don’t want a big, boxy device which is going to jar with the décor. If you’re in any doubt about optimal dimensions, just ask your provider for advice.
Keeping It Soft and Peaceful
Noise is another big consideration. While contemporary units aren’t very disruptive on any level, it’s worth investigating the Sound Power Level of a product. The greater the level, the louder the air conditioning. If you’re concerned about getting to sleep in the summer, you could pay a little more for super quiet technology.
In some areas, it’s a legal requirement to think about the impact on neighbours as well. If their windows are very close to your own, an air conditioning unit must be quite enough to cause no disturbance to others. You could be charged with creating noise pollution if you install anything inappropriately sized or that makes a lot of noise.
Finding a Good Position
Ideally, you want to place your air conditioning unit just off to the left or right side of the bed, rather than directly above it. This is also better than positioning it on the opposite wall, though either scenario will work if you can’t put it here. When placed directly above, you get a direct hit of fast moving air, and it can make it hard to get to sleep.
It might also give you a dry mouth in the morning. Ultimately, you should use this rule of thumb no matter what room you’re installing the unit in because it’s best to let the air circulate. It’s just particularly important for comfort in the bedroom. The last thing you want is to splash the cash on a new system and still struggle to drift off.
Looking for Extra Features
Home air conditioning systems come with a wide range of extra features. Whether you go for a basic product or something a little fancier is entirely up to you. Some of the available extras include an inverter system. It allows the unit to power down when you’re away so that the house stays cool, but you don’t run up big electric bills.
It could be worth buying a system with a remote control, especially for the bedroom. That way, you can make adjustments without moving from your bed. One alternative to this (or an accompaniment) is a scheduling function. This will allow you to have greater control over how the air conditioning operates and ensure that energy isn’t being wasted.