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1. Use our Coolculator to see what is right for you?
2. How big is your room and what is in there?
Not all air conditioners will work effectively in every room, so it is important to find the right one to match the size of your room.
It is also important to think about what the room is used for and how many devices or appliances there are that create extra heat. Also bear in mind that rooms such as a loft room would require more powerful air conditioning than a room of the same size with small windows.
You can calculate the perfect size and power you need from an air conditioner by refering to our “CoolCulator” below .
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3. How powerful should your aircon be?
The amount of power an air conditioner has is given in BTU, or British Thermal Unit rating. This rating gives you an idea of how much cooling the machine is capable of.
A BTU is the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by 1°F. When it comes to air conditioning, this measurement means the higher the BTU rating, the bigger the room it can cool. This also means that the higher the BTU, the more it will cost to run.
4. What type of air conditioner do you need?
Air conditioners come in three forms: portable units, wall split units and ceiling cassette style units.
They each suit different needs and situations but ultimately deliver the same results.

  • Portable Units: These are perfect for the home or any environment where versatility is key. They can easily be moved from room to room and between floors. Powerful enough to cool all room sizes without the stress of professional installation. Simply plug it in, vent and feel the benefits.
  • Wall Split Units: These units require professional installation but do free up floor space. They are quieter than portable units and are mounted on walls with an external unit that removes the heat and any condensation from the room. As well as cooling, these units are also able to heat rooms more efficiently than central heating.
  • Ceiling Cassette Units: Similar to wall split units, these require professional installation but instead of being mounted on your wall they are fitted into your ceiling. Similarly to wall split air conditioners, a ceiling cassette unit has an external unit to remove the heat and can also be used to heat rooms more efficiently than central heating.
5. Inverter Aircon VS Non Inverter Aircon
In short it can be said that inverter aircon are more precise. Non inverter AC provides a fixed heating or cooling by a fixed power with the compressor running at a fixed speed. The compressor has to start and stop when required. On the other hand inverter aircon have a controllable compressor that provides the exact amount of heating and cooling as needed.
The Difference between Inverter & Non Inverter
6. What features should you look for?
Air conditioners include a wide range of features so it is important to know which to look out for that would benefit you the most.

  • Mode Settings Many air conditioners come with a variety of mode settings which include the ability to cool, dehumidify, fan and heat or even simply reduce the fan speed for a more comfortable night’s sleep.
  • Adjustable Thermostat Take complete control over the temperature in your room. Find the most comfortable temperature and the thermostat will work to maintain a constant, optimum temperature in your home or office.
  • Timer Programme your air conditioner to automatically switch on and off helping to reduce energy costs. Set your unit to come on so you’ll come in to a cool home after work or set it to turn off once you’ve fallen asleep.
  • Sleep Mode There’s nothing worse than not being able to sleep at night because it is too hot! Buying an air conditioner with a sleep mode will mean noise levels are reduced and the temperature is adjusted to help you sleep soundly.

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