Choose the best way to cool off your Sydney home or business with our comparison guide exploring air conditioning and heat pump options.
Tired of hot Sydney summers with nothing to keep you cool but a fan and the hope of a breeze?
No sweat – just start exploring the benefits of air conditioners.
The good news is that modern AC systems come in all shapes and sizes, from full home ducted systems to single room split systems and everything in between. The result is that you can keep cool and still keep yourself within budget.
But is air conditioning all that it’s lauded to be? Are there any downsides to installing a system or upgrading an outdated one for one that’s more modern?
Let’s take a look together at the pros and cons of air conditioning and what you can expect with your system.
How does air conditioning help cool the air?
Ever wonder how with just a tap of the thermostat, cool air comes rushing out of your system or duct work? Air conditioning has become a staple in homes and businesses, but few people understand how it is that they actually work. Really, it’s quite simple.
Inside the building is a unit that contains coils that are designed to cool air that passes over them. The system draws air in from the building, running it through this unit and then blowing the cooled air out into the space that needs to be cooled. Any of the heat that is drawn out of the air is passed through the system to an outdoor unit that releases the heat and blows it away. It literally conditions, or alters, the air in the building through repeated cooling and passage over the coils.
What to expect from your air conditioner’s lifespan
Air conditioners are designed to last, but there are several different types on the market, each with their own benefits. Ducted systems, for example, pass air to every room in a building that has duct work installed, and the air is cooled and blown through the system by a single compressor system.
These units tend to last anywhere between 15-20 years, and any replacement or maintenance usually doesn’t involve the duct work itself, just the compressor and evaporator coils.
Split systems include an internal unit for each room which blows the cooled air into the space. These units also tend to last an average of 15 years and are great for smaller spaces or homes where duct work is not available or not an option due to budget.
4 Cool benefits of air conditioning
Aside from keeping cool during sweltering Sydney summers, air conditioning has a number of benefits for the health and quality of your home or business.
#1 – Air quality
Air cons these days are fitted with HEPA filters and other filtration tools that prevent them from blowing around dust, molds, and allergens that can make people sick or uncomfortable. This can be especially helpful for people who suffer from allergies or asthma.
#2 – Reduced humidity
Keeping the air cooled properly can also keep the humidity down inside the home or business. This has a few benefits, one of which is preventing molds, mites, and bacteria from taking root in the space and making people sick. Reducing the humidity can also be helpful for proper operation of electronics.
#3 – Efficiency
Modern air conditioners are designed with efficiency in mind, and they’ll also cool the space down more efficiently and effectively than fans, open windows, or a natural breeze. SEER ratings will indicate the efficiency of the actual unit you are considering, and the higher the rating, the better.
#4 – Comfort
Of course, air cons are designed with comfort in mind. But consider the health benefits that this can also bring to people in your space. Workers who are in air-conditioned spaces tend to work more effectively when they are comfortable. Air conditioning can also help stave off dehydration by keeping people cooler and sweating less. And you’ll probably be better able to sleep comfortably at night when the temperatures are kept at a consistent cooled level.
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The downsides of air conditioning
Of course, every positive feature in a home or business can have its drawbacks, and air cons are no exception.
For one, no matter how efficient they are, they are going to consume more energy than other solutions for cooling. However, they’ll also likely be more effective, which is important to keep in mind. Some homeowners and business owners worry that running air cons contributes to global warming, but responsible operation can help keep a balance between the environment and making sure you have a healthy space to live and work in.
Filters are also a positive, but forgetting to maintain or change those filters can quickly become a negative. Filters and duct work can become breeding grounds if not regularly cleaned and maintained. This should be done at least once a year to make sure that there are no unsightly bacteria staking a claim on your property.
Speaking of maintenance, air cons are not simply plug and play systems. From professional installation onwards, they do require regular maintenance aside from a quick filter change once a year. You’ll want to schedule proper tune ups to make sure that you have the right refrigerant levels and that the system is running as efficiently as possible. Regular maintenance can also help spot problems before they become so big that your system goes out of commission, leaving everyone hot until a repair can be made.
Keep it cool with air con from HunterCON
While you’ll want to keep an eye on your energy bills and maintainance plans, overall the benefits of air con systems far outweigh the negatives when it comes to a hot Sydney summer. More and more homeowners and business owners are looking to upgrade their outdated systems to those that are more energy efficient and effective at cooling.
And now is the time to start that process for your home or business. HunterCON is all things air con, and our team can provide you with a fast, free quote on updating or upgrading your system to one that is designed to properly cool your space. We serve all of Sydney with licensed and insured technicians who are ready to help you with your air conditioning needs.
Give us a call on 02 8283 1105 to learn more about how we can help you keep cool all year round with the right air con system for you.