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What makes a good air conditioner?

Having decided that you need to buy an air conditioner to help the temperature in your house feel more comfortable, you now have the decision on what type of air conditioning device to buy and what features suit your requirements. Although you might assume that all air conditioners effectively perform the same job, this does not mean that they are right for you and your property.

Choose your ‘type’ carefully

Air conditioners generally come in three types. These are central, heat pump or split ductless systems. Read up on the details of each before choosing a type.

Keep it clean

Good, effective air conditioners need to be properly maintained and kept clean. Clean the filters once a month, and keep them away from anything that might cause them to pick up dirt (e.g. plants). Not only will you have an air conditioner that works better, but it will also be more aesthetically pleasing for guests and yourself (as well as smelling better!)

Seal and insulate ducts

Ensure that ducts are properly sealed and insulated to stop any heat from escaping (both hot and cold). This ensures that you stay warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. In addition, you will save on household energy by keeping ducts sealed as the energy you are using to heat or cool the house is not wasted.

Programmable thermostats

Thermostats can be programmed to switch the unit on, similar to how you would set the timings on your central heating system. Furthermore, many modern-day systems can also be controlled via smartphones, demonstrating how the advancing world of technology has been used to good effect in air conditioners.
Energy efficient

Nowadays, almost all household systems and appliances have an energy rating. The one to look out for on air conditioners, is the ‘Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating.’ The higher the score, the lower your energy costs will be so it is recommended that this be considered when you come to buying your air conditioning system.


The more complex the system you are installing, the higher the likelihood that you will need to pay an outside company to install the system for you. You may be spoilt for choice when it comes to employing a contractor. However, make sure that you employ one who has a good reputation. It is always a good idea to ask for recommendations from trusted sources (friends or family members who have one before). Unfortunately, there are people on the market who are less reliable or proficient than others. The internet is a great place to find reviews left by consumers who have used the contractor previously.

You may have a list of other factors that you will want to consider before purchasing an air conditioning system. Following our guide provides you with some idea of the things to look out for. We hope that you are able to find an effective system that meets your requirements!


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