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How to Buy an Air Conditioner

When choosing an air conditioner, there are many factors to consider such as price, energy efficiency and cooling capacity. Choosing the type of air conditioner that is suitable for your home, also depends on your room size, window or wall opening and the installation requirements. It is also advisable to compare different units before making a choice as modern air conditioners have many advanced features. You can also research how to buy an air conditioner so that you choose an appropriate unit that will save you money and energy while keeping your place cool. Step1: It’s best to shop for an air conditioner in the cooler months. This is a time when most brands are on sale and more than likely in stock. Step2: Decide between a window, portable or wall air conditioning unit. A portable unit has wheels, is light weight and vented through windows, it does not need mounting in a window like a window unit. Wall units are placed in holes that are cut into exterior walls. Step 3: Always measure the rooms to be cooled. An air conditioner should be chosen with the right cooling capacity for that specific area, as a unit with too high of a cooling capacity for the space can turn on and off too often. Step 4: Check the cooling capacity. This is measured in British thermal units (BTUs) per hour; more cooling capacity mean higher BTUs. Step 5: Compare the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of air conditioners. To reduce the use of energy, opt for units with higher EER ratings which are displayed on modern air conditioners. Step 6: Ensure the louvers of the air conditioner are motorized or adjustable. To provide adequate cooling, air needs to be directed at the centre of a room. In the event of the window being off-centre, you will need to adjust the vent to the correct position. Some models have rotating louvers to circulate air. Step 7: Consider special features. Modern air conditioners comes with a remote control which enables you to adjust the settings from across the room. Another beneficial feature is Timers which allows you to program the unit to switch on just before you get home from work, or you can set different power levels for different times of the day. Also look for filters that removes dust, odours and allergens. Step 8: Get advice and feedback. It’s always wise to seek advice from family members or friends who have recently purchased an air conditioner before embarking on buying one for yourself. Also read reviews, do model comparisons from reliable resources and consumer sites and always be on the look-out for complaints about specific models and/or companies. Step 9: Inspect the air conditioning unit in the store. Switch it on in the store to check the noise level and to familiarise yourself with the operating instructions. Step 10: Find out how to install the unit. Because of the weight of the air conditioner it cannot be installed by only 1 person and also to avoid injury, frustration and to save time, try choosing a retailer who offers fitting and installation. Some air conditioners require additional hardware or 220v electrical wiring and the unit must be the right size for your window or

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