There are plenty of things to consider when looking at installing air conditioning in your home. From the amount of space your system takes up to the best way to run it to reduce costs, knowing all the facts can help you make your decision and find the best system for your needs.
While our frequently asked questions page deals with the queries we regularly receive about our air conditioning systems, we know that there are a lot of general AC questions it can be hard to find the answers to. Here are the simple answers to many of these to help you make your decision.
How Much Should Air Conditioning Cost?
When it comes to revamping your home, many people don’t consider air conditioning – until the summer hits! But installing air conditioning can help increase the value of your home while also ensuring you’re cool and comfortable all year round.
Houses in the UK are built for the colder weather and while the added insulation and heat-saving features are great during the winter months, they can leave you sweating in the summer.
The last few years have seen high summer temperatures that are incredibly uncomfortable, especially if you live in an apartment or city. More people are now looking for properties that come with air conditioning as a result, which means that installing it could add another selling point while also helping you to stay cool throughout the year.
Even better, our fully-internal water-cooled air conditioning solutions can be installed in any type of property – including apartments, listed buildings and homes in conservation areas. They don’t need an external condenser, which can affect the look of a property’s exterior, and offer a compact solution.
Is Air Conditioning Good For Your Health?
There is a common misconception that air conditioning can increase your chances of catching colds or other bugs, but this isn’t the case. As well as helping to cool your home, air conditioning also filters the air going through the system.
All of our AC units come with carbon filters, which remove dust, bacteria, moisture and pathogens. This means that they help to purify the air, reducing pollutants that cause illness and generally helping to promote good health.
You do need to regularly change or wash your filters though to keep the air being circulated nice and clean, as well as ensure your air conditioning system isn’t working too hard.
Is It Cheaper To Leave Air Conditioning On All Day?
You might think that it is cheaper to turn your air conditioning on and off to respond to changes in temperature, but this isn’t the case. It is cheaper to leave your AC on throughout the day for several reasons.
To start with, your AC helps to maintain the temperature and the humidity in your home. If you turn it off, you can find that the temperature changes quite quickly. This means that your air conditioning needs to work extra hard to reduce the temperature again when you turn it back on. This uses more power but also puts added strain on your system – especially if you turn the temperature right down to get quick results – which can ultimately cost you more in maintenance and repairs.
If you find the right settings for your air-con to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without it having to blast out cold air, keeping it on helps to maintain your environment. This also ends up being cheaper when it comes to running costs as it’s simply a case of your AC maintaining the temperature rather than dramatically lowering it.
Using your system like this will also reduce the need for maintenance – although we do suggest getting an annual service to keep it running as it should.
Do Air Conditioners Use A Lot Of Electricity?
Modern air conditioning systems use a lot less electricity than people may think as the latest technology means they are very energy efficient. Our range of water-cooled air-con systems are highly rated for energy efficiency and, when used in the best way, are unlikely to dramatically increase your electricity usage.
Is Sleeping With Air Conditioning On Bad?
Using your air conditioning while sleeping can actually help you get a better night’s sleep. Not only can you enjoy cleaner air, which is great for those with respiratory problems like asthma, but you’re also able to sleep in a room that is the perfect temperature.
The best temperature to encourage a good night’s sleep is between 15.6°C and 19.4°C. If your bedroom doesn’t fall within this bracket, you may find that you struggle to fall asleep, have a fitful night or wake up feeling tired.
Keeping your AC on can help you avoid this and ensure you’re always comfortable. You don’t have to worry about a noisy unit either, as our air conditioning systems are quieter than a whisper so won’t disrupt your sleep.
How Much Space Does Air Conditioning Take Up?
We know that space is at a premium, so big chunky systems that take up a lot of room aren’t going to be the best option. Luckily, our internal water-cooled air conditioning uses up less space than traditional AC as you don’t need bulky external condensers.
External condensers tend to take up a lot of space and are often incredibly loud. If you don’t have external space or only have a balcony, this isn’t a suitable option, while listed buildings or those in conservation areas can require planning permission for these types of systems.
With our systems being fully internal all you need to worry about is room on your walls for each unit and a space for a small internal condenser – the smallest of which is just 425mm x 535mm x 295mm. Our internal condensers can be put in a space that is convenient for you, such as a cupboard or utility room, so you don’t need to give up loads of room for it.
If you want to find out more about our air conditioning solutions and see which might be the best fit for your home, download our free guide today.