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The Basics of Air Conditioners

Aug 17, 2007
May be you have had enough of the long, hot summer days. You have been witness to a constant rise in the average temperature over the past few years and you think it is high time you get yourself an air conditioner.

Or may be, you already have an air conditioner, but you find it not to be delivering at its best. You are not too sure about repairing it, and whether it would be worth all that effort and money if you find it not functioning properly after the repairs. So you plan to get yourself a new one.

Trouble is when we buy an air conditioner, or even after we have owned one for years, most of us hardly have a clue about the basics of an air conditioner. So at times we end up investing in a product which is not what we need, or on something which fails to deliver as per our expectations. What we will try in the following part of the article is to help you get a grip of the fundamentals of air conditioners.

The Efficiency

Though very few of us care about the efficiency of an air conditioner, it is actually very critical when it comes to the running cost of an air conditioner. In fact, since investing on an air conditioner is a long term investment, you can actually pay a few hundred extra dollars and still stand to gain in the long rain if you choose a unit with higher efficiency. For example, the models available today in the market would be anything between 20 and 40 percent more efficient than an air conditioner you had bought 10 years back. So if you are contemplating whether to repair your old air conditioner or buy a new one. The latter will be a much wiser option.

Today the most energy efficient air conditioners come with a SEER rating of 13. Even if you go for something lesser than that, say for a SEER 11 or SEER 12 you still stand to save a lot on your electricity bills.

The Capacity

This is another crucial element to your air conditioner buying decision. Know the dimensions, i.e. the length and breadth of the room you are going to install the unit in. multiply the floor area with 25 and the figure you get is close to the number of British Thermal Units your air conditioner needs to have. You can also factor in the windows by adding an extra 1000 BTU for every window.
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