Don’t sweat it this summer. Make sure your air conditioners are working at maximum efficiency by choosing the right conditioners for you and by maintaining it regularly.
There are different types of air conditioners you can choose from including window air conditioners, portable air conditioners, central air units, and through the wall units. Before you purchase an air conditioner:
Check the features of the unit to ensure it has:
An adjustable thermostat
An adjustable vent
An exhaust vent
An energy efficiency setting
Two or more cooling speeds
Two or more fan speeds
A manufacturer’s warranty for five years
Check the Energy Efficiency Ratio, or the EER, of the air conditioning unit; the EER is a measure of how efficient the air conditioning unit is. The higher the EER the more efficient the unit.
Check the cooling capacity of the unit; the higher the number of the cooling capacity the more powerful the unit is. For a small room, a unit which offers minimal cooling capacity is more than enough. However, apart from the room size, you should also consider the number of windows there are in the room, the size of the windows, the number of people who plan to use the room, and the type of appliances there are in the room such as computers, servers, a home theatre system, and so on.
Make the air conditioners more energy efficient by:
Cleaning the filter regularly or replacing it if required
Check for leaks in the ducts or vents if using central air conditioners
Ensure there are no openings in the room to prevent air from escaping; check the seals around doors and windows
Reduce the solar heating through windows by keeping the blinds closed or by installing reflective films on the window
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