In need of a new air conditioner (aircon)? Find out everything you need to know in this quick aircon buying guide. As a result, you can choose one that best suits your place.
But, you might be thinking: why do you need this guide? Can you just buy the most expensive aircon you can afford?
That is not always true; a heftier price tag is not perpetually the correct choice. There are other factors to consider.
Besides deciding on a budget, you should know about these things before exploring electronic stores to find your most desired aircon. Understanding them helps to get the best out of your money and save money in the long run.
You need to find out the area size for the space you are planning to cool with your new aircon. Knowing the exact area size helps in calculating the BTU needed. Therefore, it is best to identify the total square metres or feet of your room.
For instance, the typical HDB room size ranges from 10 to 15 square metres.
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In simple words, British Thermal Unit or BTU in an aircon defines its cooling power. The higher the number, the greater the cooling capacity is.
That does not mean you can just buy an aircon with the highest BTU you can get with your money. You need an aircon that has the correct BTU for your room size.
What will you get if you do not choose the correct BTU for your new aircon?
Through the following linked guide, you can easily calculate the correct aircon BTU for your room.
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In Singapore, Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) is rated with a tick by National Environment Agency (NEA).
The easiest way on how to read the energy label is to check its tick. The more ticks your desired aircon has, the more energy-efficient it is, and the less it will cost to run. Hence, saving you money in the long run.
It is important to note that more ticks will also bring a higher price tag.
Most people buy an aircon to have a good night sleep at a comfortable temperature. But, you cannot have a well-rested night if your aircon makes a noise louder than the acceptable level. That is why you need to find out the noise level of your desired aircon.
Noise level is measured in decibels (dB). The higher the dB, the louder the sound is and vice versa. Therefore, choose an aircon with a low noise level.
For example, on average, an aircon usually emits 50-60 dB. As a comparison, a 60 dB sound level is the average sound level of a normal conversation or a running aircon.
By this point, you should already know the important specifications you need for your new aircon. Now is the time to decide which type is the best for you.
For residential premises, NEA recognises and rates three types of aircon best for residential in Singapore. They are:
It is the go-to choice for so many households in Singapore. In Singapore, a single split system costs about $1,000 to $1,500 on average. On the other hand, a multi-split system can cost up to $5,000.
A casement aircon is also known as a vertical aircon. Most casement aircon in today’s market has a price range of $800-$1,099.
It is more or less the same with a casement aircon. However, a window aircon usually has a lower price than a casement aircon. That is possible because a casement aircon has more features than a window aircon.
Read more about types of aircon in today market.
After determining the type of your desired air conditioner, there are other factors to help you pick the best option for your place.
Cleaning the air filter is the easiest way to maintain the efficiency of an aircon. That is why you want an aircon with easily accessible filters—filters that do not require professional help to be cleaned occasionally.
Before purchasing, find out the information regarding the warranty of your desired aircon. Regardless of how known the brand is, there is always a slight chance an electronic appliance can break. It is better safe than sorry.
Some excellent features to have in an aircon are
Suppose you want to buy a window or casement aircon, then factor in the location of your window. If your window is not centred on the wall, consider a window or casement aircon that can blow air to its right or left.
Have you decided on your most desired aircon for your indoor space? Then, keep the following points in mind to keep them in top condition over the years.
Pick a certified contractor to perform an aircon installation. Professional installation ensures your unit remain covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. Also, it ensures everything is done correctly and safely.
Remember, the guideline from HDB is an aircon must be installed by a certified professional.
You need to clean your air filter occasionally. Doing it is easy and does not require professional help.
But, what is the benefit of it?
It helps to maintain the efficiency of your aircon and avoid an unnecessary increase in electricity bills. A dirty air filter can increase energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
Besides cleaning your filter occasionally, you also have to service it regularly. Professional aircon servicing gives your aircon cleaning while performing maintenance checks at the same time.
It is essential to prolong the lifespan of your aircon, perform efficiently, and avoid hefty repair costs because any issues can be detected and repaired early.
At Purer Fresher Air, we have a wealth of experience and a certified contractor to keep your aircon in tip-top condition. Need proof? Check our appointment page.
You can also call us at +65 9830 8224 if you need urgent technical assistance.
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