Like it or leave it, Air conditioners have become a huge part of lives, since heat is risky to human life and health but buyers have the problem of making choice. Especially, where you are confronted with series of awesome products, this guide/pointers will help you to know everything before buying any Air conditioners.
Air Conditioner buying guide in Nigeria: There are series of best Air conditioner brands in Nigeria, such as Samsung, LG, Polystar, Sharp, Panasonic, Nexus, Midea, Hisense, Scanfrost, Thermocool, etc but today, you will learn what and what to check before buying a Air conditioner in Nigeria.
The article is mandatory for you that just got a new office space, house, or you are planning on renovating your old house with a touch of a portable Air conditioner, of which you had no formal idea or knowledge about.
Table of Interest
Size of Room/Office Determines Capacity of AC
If your engineering skills isn’t perfect, you can download apps that scans your room from your mobile device and automatically capture all measurements of the room to know the size. The size of your own room/office automatically qualifies what type of Air Conditioner you need.
Lets say, your AC is bigger, know that it will not be able to provide proper dehumidification, understand that a unit with too high of a cooling capacity for space can turn off and on too often.
On the other hand, a smaller one will cost you more in terms of energy consumption. An underpowered air conditioner won’t cool a large room properly. The level of cooling an air conditioner is capable of, is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU).
Bigger isn’t always better, which definitely means that the higher the number the greater the cooling capacity. It is always advisable to match the BTU capacity of the air conditioner to the dimensions of the room, this will provide proper room cooling.
Any Air conditioner that comes with high BTU rating, usually cools the area so quickly that it doesn’t have time to dehumidify the air, which can leave the space feeling cold and clammy.
In order to understand the BTU calculation: 1 Horse Power (1HP) = 2,544.43 BTU’s per hour. You can’t just wake up and decide to purchase any Air conditioner without considering the following: number of windows, the direction of the room, number of people, heat generating equipment inside the room etc. Always consult professional help.
Noise Level Control
Another step to purchasing the best Air conditioner appliances for your office space/home, is to know about the Noise information. They all make noise, but what is the Noise level control? It is an important point to consider when buying an AC.
If the noise level of your AC is on the high side, your neighbors at the office or home will be aroused in anger. Disturbing the peace all the time, especially during the night.
Make this an important point, get a good and sound air conditioner that its noise level is at 50dB. A noise level for the air conditioner you are buying should be at its lowest level. Am not vouching for them, but Scanfrost Air conditioners can help here.
Types of Air Conditioners
In order for this Air conditioners to fit, it needs a room and it doesn’t select where you live but you are expected to make the ultimate selection. Now, you have to make that decision.
Before we go deeper to finding the perfect AC for your home or office, you should know the major types of Air conditioners, there is the:
Split Air Conditioners
Like the name says, “Split” It split the hot air from the air inside the building and removes them through the compressor into the air outside the building.
This type of Air conditioner is mounted inside your room, two major working parts, which includes a fan and evaporator, but there is another part which is either placed on the ground outside of the house or hung on the wall, it is the compressor unit.
Tower Air Conditioners
On the other hand, there is the Tower Air conditioners which is actually meant for either offices or homes in which users can’t install the window unit due to the building regulations or window configurations.
Tower AC are also called “Standing AC” because they stand upright, straight up. Trust me, Tower AC are cool, it can even give your office or room another separate definite look. All thanks to its self- contained, free-standing units.
If you’d like purchase any type of Air conditioners, Window, Tower, Split, but if you don’t have any slight knowledge of installing this appliance, it’ll become a massive failure and might even cause some severe damages.
To enjoy your new AC, it must be installed properly. You can either do it, or at the best -get a professional support- from either technicians around you or from the company’s technician.
Whats the Warranty Period?
Every big and expensive appliance have their own warranty period, and what is the warranty period of that Air conditioners that you are about to purchased? Is it 6month – 1 year? (risky)
Keep it in mind that getting Air conditioners comes with a great price, due to its expensiveness. With this fact, you are advised to purchased an Air conditioner that have longer warranties. Reason: they might crash anytime and if there is no warranty, there is no replacement.
If you have seen your Air conditioner, check other features and visit the manufacturer’s website for information or you can ask the retailer about the warranty. Or you can even ask the retailer to show you the warranty proof.
Do know these that most Scanfrost Air conditioners come with a 2-year warranty plus 1-year additional warranty on the compressor in Nigeria.
To consume much less power
Every Air conditioner has its own energy power, but what is the energy efficiency? There is the star rated energy efficiency ratings known as EER, which has been standardized by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).
There is an energy-rating label which uses stars to rate the efficiency, of which, all air conditioners should have one. Air conditioner with higher star ratings will consume much less power, and it also allows you to save money on your electricity bill. The more stars the better.
Air quality, & Air Direction Control
Tell me, what is the essence of purchasing any AC without considering the Air quality, Air direction control, dehumidification function? There must be an independent de-humidification function, which reduces the humidity in the air to create a healthy environment for you and your family.
While the Air quality determines the indoor air quality while deploying ACs at home as the ACs with a good filter is extremely important to improve indoor air quality. Most ACs comes with air filters, which removes odours, smoke and germs from the air.
On the other hand, the Air direction control is quite important, as the adjustable louvers let you manipulate the direction air is blown from the unit.
Another important fact to check is to locate the filter placement for easy cleaning. Most ACs are quite far from hand reaching unto them to clean filters. Know that clean filters can save up to 5-10 percent energy.
Make sure you can easily access the filter for cleaning, this is definitely a simple action that you are meant to be doing to keep the unit in a tip-top condition. Know that ACs come with filters to keep your room free from allergens and other pollutants.
Well, there are many other facts to consider before buying any Air conditioners of your choice. Things like electrical requirements, Inverter technology, size of blower, condenser coils, Fire safety, Air swing, sleep mode function to save power bills.
Some AC comes with self-cleaning feature which prevents the growth of harmful micro-organisms to give you cleaner, better cooling. Never forget the price of these Air conditioners, you must try to get what is in your budget.