An air conditioning unit is a critical appliance in the modern home. Without it, the extreme temperature fluctuations would cause any home to be constantly uncomfortable. An air conditioner is essential to maintain stable temperatures, rest, and indoor comfort.
However, air conditioning a living room space is an important task and comes with some critical decisions. These choices affect how a unit cools the room and its overall wear and tear. Let’s look at ten crucial things to consider when installing an air conditioner in your living room.
1: The Size of Your Living Room
The size of your living room determines the size of your air conditioner. An average living room or similar space needs an AC unit with a capacity of at least five or six kW. If the air conditioner capacity doesn’t correctly match the size of the unit, it will affect the temperature of the living space, power consumption, and longevity of the unit.
2: The Noise of the Unit
Homeowners are often so concerned about cooling that they neglect to consider the noise factor. A noisy unit will negatively affect the conversations in the room and any movies you might watch. Today’s average split system has a sound level or decibel rating of 35dB, and some boast a decibel rating as low as 22 dB. Sound pressure levels are tested in an anechoic chamber and you can view the technical information of ActronAir products on our brochures such as the Serene Series 2 Wall Hung split system.
3: The Style of AC Unit
The layout and dimensions of your living room affect the style of air conditioner you need to cool it. Most people install split systems in their living rooms, but a portable air conditioner is also a great choice. These indoor units can cool most rooms of average size, and you can easily move them to another room.
4: Location of the Unit
The inside unit should be in a location that will help air circulate throughout all rooms you want to cool. If you have a good-sized room, you don’t want to shove the AC unit into a corner; the whole room needs to breathe. You should also place the outdoor portion of the AC unit in a location with enough ventilation to disperse the heat it will generate.
5: Efficiency of the Unit
Air conditioning a living room requires an efficient AC unit. More efficient AC units help save money, operate more smoothly, and require less maintenance. Split systems are the most efficient AC units you can buy, and they are also some of the most popular units for Australian homes.
6: Use a Unit With an Inverter
Air conditioners with inverters can run at different speeds. Instead of turning on and running at maximum speed, an AC unit with an inverter will operate at the optimal speed for cooling your home. These units are much more efficient than single-stage units and reduce energy consumption by about 50%!
7: Get Better Air Quality
The quality of the air an AC unit brings into the home affects your overall comfort. Better air improves the home’s interior, making it liveable during even the hottest weather.
High-quality air conditioners can filter toxins and humidity from the air they pump into your house. Look for air conditioners with filtration systems and self-cleaning features to help improve your indoor air quality such as the Serene Series 2 which has several health functions as standard.
8: Choose the Right Time To Buy
As with most purchases, there are better and worse times to buy air conditioners throughout the year. During summer and winter, when temperatures are the most extreme, HVAC installation is expensive. If you need to install a new air conditioner, wait until spring or autumn when temperatures are mild, and prices drop significantly.
9: Keep Regular Maintenance in Mind
Air conditioners need servicing at least once a year, preferably every six months. Regular maintenance is essential for the appliance’s longevity and helps technicians diagnose problems before they become too severe. Highly efficient and high-quality air conditioners cost more upfront but require less maintenance and repair over time.
10: Use a Trustworthy AC Installer
Perhaps the most important part of AC installation is finding the right technician. You want to hire someone who knows what they’re doing because the last thing you want is to find out the hard way that they did a poor job. A proper installation will improve the lifespan of your air conditioner and lower the overall maintenance costs, energy use, and repairs.
Air conditioning living room spaces is an important decision affecting every aspect of your home and routine. You want to ensure that the air conditioner brand you use is effective, efficient, and worth the price. At ActronAir, we are an Australian owned and operated company who pride ourselves on creating air conditioners that fulfil these needs.
Call ActronAir at 1300 522 722 to ask about our services and see what kind of air conditioner is best for you. We’ll put you in touch with one of our quality installation partners local to you to discuss your needs.