When buying an air conditioner for your home, you must carefully consider the following issues:
An air conditioner’s COP (Coefficient of Performance) indicates how efficiently the unit uses energy. A higher COP means greater energy efficiency. It also means lower electricity consumption, so you save more on your electricity bills.
2. Size of the room
Larger the size of your room, the larger cooling capacity you will require for the air conditioner.
Small room: 5,000 – 6,000 BTU for 100-300 sq. ft.
Medium room: 7,000 – 8,200 BTU for 250-550 sq. ft.
Large room: 9,800 to 12,500 BTU’s for 350-950 sq. ft. area.3. Physical size of the air conditioner
You must ensure to include air conditioner in your designing process. Your interior designer should ask you the air conditioner models at the beginning of the designing process.
4. User-friendly operation interface
It is an electrical appliance you will use frequently during summer time therefore you should see that the air conditioner is easy to operate. Having a remote control for the air conditioner would be very handy.5. Appearance
If the air conditioner looks stylish then by all means display it. Otherwise it is wise to discuss with interior designer and have an air conditioner louver.
Note that wall-mounted air conditioner are more costly than window-mounted air conditioner.
Choose brand that is not just well-known by advertising, but ask around friends and families on which brand they use, and the air conditioner performance in terms of years of usage. Also ensure air conditioner comes with warranty and you can extend warranty years by paying extra.