Do you know that you can pay less on your electricity bill if your aircon operates efficiently?
An essential step to achieving energy efficiency is to position your aircon correctly. This will allow you to keep your cooling costs as low as possible, especially during the hottest times of the year in Singapore.
Here are some tips that we have learned over the years on where to place an air conditioner in your bedroom based on years of experience and countless installations.
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Your aircon should be close to your bed. In this way, you will be able to get cool air whenever you need it, without having to wait for the room to cool down before enjoying its benefits.
However, do not place it above a bedhead. You need to clean your aircon filters regularly. If you place your air conditioner above your bedhead, you will have a hard time cleaning those filters. Also, you will need to move your bed when the time comes to schedule an aircon servicing.
In terms of aircon placement, you need to consider where the airflow is going to be. You do not want the air outlet to face you. The air will flow directly to your head or body and make you uncomfortable.
So, where should you position your aircon?
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You can install them facing the foot end of your bed. It is one of the most requested placements for most of our customers.
As a general rule, warm air ascends, and cool air descends at any location. Keeping this in mind, you need to install your aircon at a considerable height. You can enjoy faster and even cooling at all corners of your room as a result.
One thing you must remember, though: do not place it as high as possible.
It is better to give the top of your aircon some breathing room. Placing it at a considerable height also makes it easier to be reached when you want to clean its air filters.
For example, a standard HDB ceiling height is 2.6 metres. The ideal height for installing an air conditioner is between 2 and 2.4 metres high to ensure energy efficiency.
The truth is, proper installation and well-maintained air conditioners rarely leak water.
Nonetheless, it would be wise to avoid installing the indoor unit of your air conditioner directly above electrical fixtures. In the event that a water leak occurs, this would pose a nasty mess.
It is better to be safe than sorry. You would rather spend your time on other worthwhile pursuits, like study or work, than moving furniture, right?
Do you know that heat-releasing appliances, like a stove or fridge, in the home can make your aircon work harder than it should?
Heat can affect the way your air conditioner senses the temperature of your room, affecting its efficiency and temperature control. For instance, your aircon will keep running even after reaching the preset temperature due to heat produced by appliances. That is why certified aircon contractors will tell you to find an aircon with a bigger BTU if you want to install it in the kitchen.
In other words, your aircon is better placed away from light bulbs when possible.
Avoid installing an air conditioner near any objects in front of its air outlet. Installing your air conditioner right above a wardrobe, for example, is not a good idea. Air cannot flow freely and is partially deflected by the closet.
A few factors should be considered when installing an air conditioner’s outdoor unit.
Your outdoor unit should be away from direct sunlight. According to Daikin, running your air conditioner while it is sunny outside can make it work harder. You can consider installing a sunblind if there is no space to place your outdoor unit away from direct sunlight.
A well-ventilated environment is ideal for ensuring proper air circulation as well. If it is near trees or dusty areas, make sure its surroundings are free of dust or leaves. Aircon systems perform at their best when not burdened with leaves or dirt near their condensers.
You should take into account the noise level generated by your outdoor unit. It emits quite a bit of noise. That is why you need to find a good place that will not disturb your neighbours yet distant enough from your bedroom.
Also, according to Housing & Development Board (HDB), your aircon should not cause any inconvenience or nuisance to your neighbours. You are required to attend to any nuisance when it arises. Otherwise, HDB can ask you to stop using even removing the aircon.
Some countries require homeowners to install an air conditioner in compliance with local rules and regulations.
Singapore, for example, requires you to hire a trained aircon installer for installation works as instructed by Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
Engage only certified air conditioning contractors to ensure your indoor and outdoor units comply with local laws.
At Purer Fresher Air, we are more than happy to consult where best to place your indoor and outdoor units to ensure efficient cooling while complying with the local regulations.
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