No one likes being stuck in an uncomfortably hot home. Sometimes, no matter what you do, opening and closing curtains and windows, there is simply going to be too much heat. An air conditioning system will keep your home at the desired temperature, regardless of conditions outside.
If you think that you need an air conditioning system for your home, here’s what you need to consider before you buy anything:
How Big is the Area That Needs Cooling?
Air conditioner systems come in a variety of sizes and styles, each suited to a different type of building. If you have a very large area that needs to be kept cool, you will need to get yourself a beefy air conditioning system that is able to handle the load. On the other hand, if you only want to keep a garage cool, or you live in a small property, there’s no sense in paying for more air conditioning power than you need.
What Materials is Your Home Made From?
Different materials have different levels of insulation. This means that some properties will naturally be much better at retaining heat and maintaining a comfortable temperature. Homes that are made from bricks, for example, are much better at absorbing heat. This is great when you want to retain heat, but with regards to air conditioning, it is a very different situation to newer buildings that use heat-reflective paint.
Many air conditioning suppliers offer a home inspection service, meaning that they will come to your property and inspect it to help you decide which is the best air conditioning system for your home. For example, Action Furnace offers customers free estimates and are able to provide advice from start to finish. You can find out more about their service here – https://actionfurnace.ca/air-conditioning/air-conditioner-installation/.
What’s the Local Environment Like?
It seems like an obvious point, but it is one that is easily overlooked – homes in different locations will experience different weather conditions. This means that two properties located in different areas but otherwise identical will require different air conditioning systems to achieve the same results. If your home is located in the Northwestern Territories, you won’t need the same air conditioning system as someone on Vancouver Island.
Living in a city or major urban center further complicates matters – people generate heat, and where there is a higher concentration of people, climate conditions can change. If you know other people who live nearby with air conditioning systems, ask them for their advice and experiences.
Where Will You Position the Unit?
Air conditioning systems come in a variety of forms, each of which needs to be installed in a different way and in a different position. Depending on where your property is, and the type of home it is, there may be some types of air conditioning unit that simply can’t be fitted in your home. This might limit your options, so it is important to establish whether this is the case early on in the process.
The right air conditioning system will make your home much more comfortable during the hot summer months. Make sure that you do your due diligence and carefully research your options.
*This article was contributed.