Picking the Right Air Conditioning System
According to meteorologists and climate experts our seasons are getting hotter. On the one hand this provides a chance of respite from the stereotypically dreary English weather but, on the other hand, we also know that a permanent rise in temperatures can cause real problems.
Over the last few years Britain has experienced much warmer summers than usual which has led to an increase in restless nights and tired mornings. Without air conditioning, sleeping in hot, humid conditions can be tough which is is why it is worth investing in a high-quality system that is suitable for use throughout the home.
Choosing the Right Size
The exact size required will depend on how big the space is. For a room around 20 square metres, a 4.2kw split system is recommended with a larger room around 40 square metres, requiring a 5.6kw system.
You must be sensible about the size of an indoor unit as you do not want a big, boxy device which is going to jar with the décor. If you are in any doubt about optimal dimensions, just ask your our F-Gas accredited engineers for a free no obligation site survey and advice.
Keeping It Soft & Peaceful
Noise is another big consideration. While contemporary units are not very disruptive it is worth investigating the Sound Power Level (SPL) of any potential products as the greater the SPL, the louder the system will be. If you are concerned about getting to sleep in the summer you could pay a little more for super quiet technology.
In some areas it is a legal requirement to think about the impact on neighbours as if their windows are very close to your own, an air conditioning unit must be quiet enough to cause no disturbance to others. You could be charged with creating noise pollution if you install anything inappropriately sized or which 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.