Darwin's climate is characterised by hot and humid weather. To make life more comfortable, many homeowners have installed air conditioner units in order to keep cool at home. If you are in the process upgrading or installing an air conditioning unit, there are certain things to bear in mind. Choosing the right home air conditioner unit for Darwin's climate extremes is an important step to achieving the in house temperature you desire.
Over the last few years the cost of electricity has risen quite dramatically, making choosing your home air conditioner unit even more difficult - the running costs of air conditioners is now more important. Following are the different types of air conditioners and each type has its own pros and cons.
A ducted AC system is one that provides cooling to multiple rooms through a series of ducts which are usually installed in the roof of your home. This is a more complex system that requires the installation of a professional and is more expensive than other types of systems.
An evaporative cooling system works by drawing hot air from the outside and turning it into the cool air inside your home. This is less expensive and more energy efficient than a ducted AC system and requires only the services of a qualified contractor for its installation. This works best in areas with low humidity.
A refrigerated air conditioner works similarly like the normal refrigerators in our homes. It uses the evaporation of a refrigerant liquid to provide cooling. It is the common choice of many households because it functions well in very hot weather and lowers humidity inside homes.
4. Reverse cycle
This is a 2-in-one heating and cooling unit that works well in homes that experience seasonal hot and cold temperatures as the reverse cycle unit can be used as a heating and cooling system depending on your needs.
5. Split system
The Split form of Air Conditioner provides cooling comfort via an indoor and outdoor unit. The split type of AC is preferred to the ducted air conditioners because it is relatively easier to install. More so, the split AC can be more effective and energy-efficient depending on the size of the room you intend to cool than the window type.
Other factors to consider
There are also other factors to consider when choosing your home air conditioner unit for Darwin. They are:
Mobile evaporative coolers are the least expensive, followed by window installed systems. Split system units may cost more than the window and wall systems but not as much as the complex ducted air conditioning system which entails a separate expense for professional installation.
2. Energy costs
There is a general law guiding all AC manufacturers in each country. In Australia, manufacturers are required to display the Energy Rating Label on their products. This label will contain a star rating for greenhouse gas emissions and other vital information about the energy consumption of the AC. Fewer star ratings mean fewer greenhouse emissions while the total energy consumption is expressed in kilowatts per hour (KWH). Of course, you would love to reduce your energy bill by choosing the unit with a low KWH consumption.
The cooling capacity of an Air Conditioner Unit is expressed in kilowatts. This should be proportional to the size of your room. Hence, know your room's measurement to arrive at the appropriate cooling capacity for your AC.
Other factors that can affect your choice include noise levels and appliance enhancements such as the remote control, timer and digital thermostat.
The best way to insure you get the right air conditioning system for your house is to consult a professional. Mick at iChillAir has years of experience installing and maintaining residential and commercial air conditioners in Darwin and is the best person to consult if you are thinking of upgrading or installing from new. Mick can help you with your new home cooling decisions as well as retrofitting to an existing home.