An air conditioner, often abbreviated as AC is a system used to cool down a space by removing heat and controlling the humidity of air in the space to achieve a comfortable environment.
Air compressors use vapor-compression refrigeration and vary in size from small units suitable for vehicles or small spaced rooms to massive units that can be used to cool down large buildings.
Air conditioning belongs to a group of systems and techniques that provide heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). During the air conditioning process, a fluid is cooled by the evaporation of another fluid referred to as the refrigerant.
Air conditioning is essential in your car, household, office, and other institutions. It provides better air quality, promotes an effective working environment, keeps out bugs and insects, promotes better sleep, prevents overheating in electronic devices and other benefits.
There are many factors to consider when selecting an air conditioner. These can be influenced by the space requirements, your budget, power consumption, and tonnage just to mention a few.
Select the appropriate type of air conditioner depending on space requirement, cooling power, energy consumption, cooling power, and budget. Various types of air conditioners fall into the categories of split, mini-split, and window conditioners, among others.
Window ACs are cheaper and relatively easier to install but are noisier than split and mini-split AC. Split ACs provide the best air distribution among the trio, have a better appearance, and provide faster cooling.
Split ACs are more efficient and more durable. All types are available in different sizes and designs.
As with all products, your budget is the most important factor in determining which air conditioner best fits your needs. Prices of ACs in the market vary with the different types that come in a wide range of sizes and designs.
Air conditioner price in Kenya varies from low-end, mid, and high-end classes accommodating all types of customers.
Brand reliability must be considered before buying ACs and electrical devices in general. Avoid stores that are not transparent about their prices or warranty disclosure. A warranty guarantees affordable maintenance costs and proves the store you buy your AC from is reliable.
Getting your AC from a reliable store also ensures you don’t get a knock-off product and you don’t pay more than you should for your AC. Conduct research on different brands and stores to avoid any inconveniences.
The cooling capacity of an air conditioner is measured in tons. The heat needed to melt one ton of ice in 24 hours is one ton. Choose an air conditioner with the appropriate tonnage for the space.
A 1-ton air conditioner is excellent for spaces smaller than 130 square feet, while a 1.5-ton air conditioner is more efficient for rooms larger than 185 square feet.
It is crucial to conduct proper research before buying an AC. All these factors determine the efficiency of an air conditioner in achieving its objectives. Other factors to consider are the location of installation, ability to save energy, and effect on electricity bills.
Consider using a checklist when selecting an efficient air conditioner.