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As the weather outside gets toasty it’s natural for us Brits, a people more accustomed to shivering than sunbathing, to look for new ways to keep cool. That being said, the UK is only really warm for a few months of the year, meaning that an expensive top-of-the-line solution will be unlikely to get enough use to justify its price tag.

So, what kind of air conditioning is best for your property? There are a number of ways to keep cool during summer, but there is no doubting the appeal of a proper air conditioner. Pros who off air conditioner installation services include appliance installers, electricians and heating engineers, but as long as your choice has solid experience with air conditioning work, favourable reviews and a suitable guarantee then there should be no doubt that they can get the job done to a top notch standard.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how to choose the best air conditioner to suit your home.

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Choosing a home air conditioner

As with most appliances, air conditioners offer a great deal of choice, especially when you are willing to invest more in a product sure to last several years. It is important to compare your options thoroughly, taking into account as much as possible before making a purchase.

Air conditioners are often rated in terms of their BTU (British Thermal Output), with higher figures indicating greater efficiency. In theory this would make things simple, but in practice BTU ratings are rarely completely accurate. For example, they say that you can usually calculate the appropriate BTU for a room by multiplying the cubic area (length x width x height) by five, but this will often leave you with a huge figure. In reality, a conditioner of 5000 to 8000 BTUs will usually be more than adequate for an average sized room.

Broadly speaking there are two types of air conditioner:

  • Single unit: cheap and easy to install, these units funnel warm air out of a property through an attached hose. The most immediate downside of this is that the hose requires an open window, leaving single units as a potential security risk. It is also worth noting that while they are easy to move, single unit air conditioners are not quite as efficient as their counterparts.
  • Split unit: this option does not need an open window to cool a building. Instead, split units are permanently mounted on the outside of a property. They are quiet, efficient and will not pose any kind of security risk, though they also require a professional air conditioning installation service

While these categories seem straightforward, your ideal choice can also vary depending on the size and shape of your room. Be sure to watch out for customer reviews, especially those which specify the type of room which they used their new air conditioner for.

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Another thing to consider when choosing an air conditioner is additional features. Certain models may have options like:

  • Smart features - Some systems can track the temperature in your property and adjust themselves accordingly. This can be perfect for making sure that you don’t waste money by leaving the air conditioner on when you are out
  • Timer settings - This will allow you to program when you want the air conditioner to turn on and off. With this you can ensure that you have a cool home to return to after work
  • Night time/ sleep mode - Air conditioners can be rather loud, but some can utilise a compressor fan to run more quietly at night
  • Remote - Having a remote will allow you to operate your air conditioner from a distance. While this is useful, the very best models usually have remote docks to help you avoid losing it

One final thing to keep in mind is maintenance. Sadly, air conditioners cannot keep running indefinitely. Models with dust filters will need to have them cleaned regularly while portable models will need to have their reservoirs drained every few weeks (and certainly before putting them away for winter).