Air-conditioner systems can get expensive, especially in the summer. If you’re looking to save money when installing an air-conditioner in your home, you may find this article useful. We’ll share a few tips and tricks to help you save money on your installation. You’ll also learn a few tips on picking the perfect and most affordable air-conditioner system for your home.

Pick the Right Size for Your Space

different sizes of air-con

When you choose your air-conditioner, the size of the room plays a large role in your choice. You’ll need to consider what room the system will be installed in, as well as the shape and size of the room.

Air-conditioners are rated by British Thermal Units.  A British Thermal Unit is the international measure of energy. BTU refers to the measurement of energy required to raise one pound of water by one degree fahrenheit. For air-conditioners, BTU measures the amount of heat an air-conditioner unit can remove from a room per hour. One BTU per hour translates to 0293 watts.

The larger the room, the higher the recommendation of BTU for your air-conditioner system. Smaller rooms, about the size of a basic single bedroom, requires approximately 6,000 BTUs. Larger rooms, like living rooms and co-sharing spaces. require an air-conditioner system with about 9000 BTUs. A large studio apartment space or a very large room require higher BTUs ranging from 10,000 to 15,000 BTUs.

Choosing the proper BTU measurement is very important. A small room with an air-conditioner with a high BTU could cause moisture throughout the home because the humidity levels and the temperature are not leveled. This could cause moisture on the walls and damage to walls and wallpaper in the room. Similar issues can occur if the BTU is too low, your home won’t be in danger, but your bills will be. If the air-conditioner is set to full power it will use up much more power and cause extreme wear to the unit.

Be aware that the higher the BTU of a system, the more expensive the cost of the unit.

If you use an underpowered air-conditioner, you will run up higher bills by having to set the air-conditioner on full power, for a longer time. You will also wear out the unit faster. If you intend to install air conditioning in a kitchen, increase the required BTU by 4,000. Note that it is not advisable to install air conditioning in a kitchen – this will trap smells, and the unit will require more constant servicing. Of course, the higher the BTU the more expensive the unit tends to be. So match the BTU of the unit to the room size, in order to save cost on air con prices.

Room Size Recommended BTU
Small room (150 square feet or below)6,000 BTUs
Larger room (Up to 350 square feet)9,000 BTUs
Very large room or Studio Space (500 square feet or higher)10,000= 15,000 BTUs

Match Your Usage to the Right Energy Efficiency

turn off air-con when not in use

Understanding the energy efficiency rating or the EER will definitely help you save money on your air-con installation. The energy efficiency rating is just as it sounds, it measures the efficiency levels of electricity use for your air-conditioner system. Legally, all air-conditioning systems should have a base EER of 10.

The higher the EER, the lower your electricity bill, so ultimately, the higher the EER, the more you will save on your air-conditioning system. This really depends on how you are planning on using your air-conditioner. If you use your air-con system frequently, you will benefit from having a system with a higher energy efficiency rating. Higher EERs are also very eco-friendly and easier on the environment.

Don’t Purchase Silent Units for Large Rooms

Some people get annoyed by the sound of an air-conditioner. They find it a nuisance when trying to sleep, or trying to concentrate in their home. If you’re buying an air-conditioner for a smaller room, the loud noise could become a nuisance, and you may want to invest in a noise canceling air-conditioning system. Noise cancelling systems can at times cost significantly more than a regular system.

When you’re purchasing for a larger room, you don’t need to be so picky about the sound level of an air-conditioner. If you’re shopping for a larger room, like a large master bedroom, a living room, or a studio apartment, the sound or silent running is not as important. When space is larger, the sound of an air-conditioning system won’t be as relevant at all. You probably won’t even hear it. You can save big bucks if you get a regular system instead of a silent running system for a large room.

Be Aware of the Location of Your Split Air-Con

split type air-con location

If you have a split air-conditioner system, you may want to consider the location of both of your air-con systems. Location of both indoor and outdoor units ultimately affect your final spend.

In a split air-conditioner installation, one should be inside the home and another should be installed outside. Installing your split system with the proper distance will help you to save money.

You will save money on your air-conditioner installation if you find a space where your split unit can be installed back to back. Distance between systems should be minimal. Your installer can help you find a proper space to set up your split system. If you cannot set up your system back to back, you may end up spending more for mounting and hardware.

Air-conditioner systems are necessary, but following these tips could help you save big. Choosing a controlled air-con system will help you save money in the long run. A controlled air-con system will allow you to regulate the temperature of your home while providing an efficient cooling system for your space. A controlled system also is cost-efficient, easier to manage and beneficial to the air quality of the home. Whether you’re in Cronulla, Illawong or Heathcote, Controlled Air Con services all parts of The Sutherland Shire. Contact Controlled Air Con for advice on the installation of your controlled air-conditioning system.