We are delving into the hotter time of the year, and so, it becomes all the more important that you pick an air conditioner (AC) whose capacity is just right to get the best cooling for your room at a reasonable cost.
If you buy a lower Ac capacity, it would consume a lot of power to provide adequate cooling.
Buying a lower capacity air condition would save you cost, but it would increase your electricity consumption and also decrease the device life span.
If you also buy an air condition whose capacity is higher than required, you end up paying higher electric bill and also turn up the air condition all the time because of its fast cooling effect.
For home and office use they exist the;
- Window unit Ac
- The split AC
- Portable AC
- The Floor standing AC and
- The Ceiling Mounted AC.
It is imperative to know that window unit Ac are more efficient in cooling as quick as possible.
Before you consider price and features, start by determining the size of unit you need for the space you want to cool, as well as where you’ll place the unit. Window air conditioners have cooling capacities ranging from 1 to 5 horse power (hp).
As a rule an air condition needs 0.00797 horse power per for each square foot of your leaving space.
Window Unit Air conditioners
Window air conditioners are by far the most popular. Models fit most single- or double-hung windows and typically come with accordion panels that make for a secure fit. Some will fit in sliding windows.
Installing a window air conditioner is a relatively easy DIY project. Make sure you measure the inside window dimensions before you shop. Directions and hardware should be included.
Portable Air conditioners
Portable air conditioners are self- contained, freestanding units. Most have casters, so they can roll around to the room or rooms that need to be cooled. They come with a large, flexible hose that attaches to a window for exhausting hot air, much like the way a clothes dryer vents. Though the appliances usually cost more than window and wall AC units, they install much more easily and have the advantage of portability.
This air conditioner is suitable for rooms and small offices.
Split Air conditioners
Split Air conditions are very popular in Nigeria.There are also the High wall split air conditioners units. These models are usually cuboids they are more classy than the window models. They can be mounted on a window but are usually mounted higher than conventional window A/Cs.
Floor Standing air conditioners
These AC’S look more like the portable air condition but they are bigger and cover more span.
They are mounted on the Floor,They are the type of conditioners you see in banks, government offices and very big churches.They have the ability to cool very fast at little time interval when compared to the previously mentioned.
The Ceiling Mounted AC
The most common type of ceiling air-conditioners units are called “‘cassettes“. They are best-suited to rooms with a false or suspended ceiling and are ideal for use in offices and shops. The main body of the unit is hidden within the ceiling void with just a very thin facial visible and it thus neatly ‘camouflage’ into the retail or office space. An important consideration for the installation of ceiling cassettes is that it allows for a more aesthetically pleasing look for air conditioning solutions.
Factors to Consider When choosing an Air conditioner
- Power requirement:220-230 volts @ 50Hz for most African countries and the UK, 110-115 volts @ 60Hz in the US.
- Brand of Air conditioners:Best air conditioners in Nigeria include LG,SAMSUNG,HISENSE,SCANFROST,PANASONIC which happens to be on top of the league.Panasonic air conditioners is one of the best air conditioner brand in Nigeria and are very rugged little wonder you see most banks using it.
- Bacteria/germ/odour elimination (clean safe air): example Silver Nano from Samsung, Nano Titanium from Hitachi
- Variable Fan speed
- Adjustable thermostat.
- Slide out filter: for easy maintenance and cleaning.
- Digital temperature control.
- Sleep settings.
Once you have a fair idea of the air conditioner you want to buy, you should then find out the price. Prices of air conditioners increase as capacity and number of features increase. You need to do a market survey to determine the price options available to you.