As the weather gets warmer, you’re going want to cool things down inside. But not all air conditioners are the same. You want something that is going to cool your space without sending your bills through the roof. Here are some things to consider before buying a window air conditioner unit.
Air conditioner power is measure in BTUs (British Thermal Units). If you buy an air conditioner that is too weak, it will constantly be running, eating up your electric bill. If the air conditioner is too powerful, you’ll be using more electricity than you need. To avoid this, figure out the area of the space you want to be cooled, and almost any reputable store will have a guide matching area with the proper amount of BTUs you will need.
There’s nothing worse than coming home to discover that the air conditioner you bought does not fit in your windows. You should know what type of windows you have, how much space there is to fit a unit and keep that all in mind when buying your air conditioner.
Air conditioners use more electricity than most of your appliances. Normally this isn’t a problem. If your air conditioner is under 15,000 BTUs, it should work fine on the basic electrical system of any home or apartment. If, however, your air conditioner is over 15,000 BTUs, you may need to hire an electrician to assist with installation.
In the end, buying energy-efficient air conditioners is not just good for the environment. It’s also good for your bank account. Environmentally friendly air conditioners shut off when temperatures reach a certain comfort level, saving electricity and money. Look for air conditioners with a high energy star rating to save yourself some money in the long run.
Every air conditioner is going to need a certain amount of maintenance. Ensure you know how to clean your air conditioner filters to get the most out of your unit. If your filter is clogged, it will not work at peak efficiency.
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