7 tips for buying the right air con unit for your business

Shop sign: "We're air conditioned for your comfort" - 7tips for buying the right air con unit for your business

Air conditioners are an important part of the summer months for many, especially in business. Without a reliable air con unit, your employees and customers will suffer when temperatures soar. What’s worse, keeping things too hot can even significantly harm performance at the office. No one wants all of that, right? Avoid these and many other issues related to comfort and health by reviewing these seven tips for buying the right air con unit for you.

1. Size

Depending on the size of your workspace, you’ll need the right air con unit to match. Smaller offices will obviously require less power and cooling potential than larger ones, so take into account the total area that needs cooling while you shop to avoid wasting money. Check the BTU rating (British Thermal Units), which is a measurement used to figure out how much energy is needed to heat and cool a room based on size. The higher the BTU rating the more effective the air con unit is in cooling the size of the room.

2. Type

There are two main types of air conditioning unit you might encounter for your business: the standalone and the split-unit. Standalones are often much smaller and rely on a hose placed outside to suck air in for cooling. Split-units are permanent fixtures installed on the inside or outside of the building. Essentially, it’s a choice between portability with reduced cooling potential (standalones) versus a large and efficient unit at an increased price (split-unit).

3. Extra features

While the most basic of air conditioners simply pull in and cool the surrounding air, some models have other features that might be of use to you. This can vary from brand to brand with common features including a dehumidifier mode, a timer, a heat setting, reduced noise mode, and more.

4. Installation

Make sure you’ve got an air con unit you can afford to have professionally installed and keep it regularly serviced.

We specialise in workplace air conditioning installations including more complex heating, ventilation and air con units. We can help you find the best cooling system to suit your business needs.

5. Price

How much you’re prepared to spend on the right HVAC equipment is possibly the most important item on this list. Factoring in both the initial cost of the unit as well as how much it will cost to maintain are essential factors in using your air con. While you won’t know for sure until it’s up and running, having some handy estimates ready for different types of air con units can really help when it comes to budgeting.

6. Plug type

While it won’t be an issue for most people, there is the consideration to make when buying an AC unit regarding the plug type on your model. This relates to both the physical shape of the plug and the amount of power required to make it run. You could find it either won’t fit in the wall or won’t run due to a lack of power, so check the power rating and the plug design on the box ahead of time. A professional installer will do this for you.

7. Power usage

Separate from price is the issue of how much power is required to run an air con. This is determined by the amperage of your unit and should be displayed on the description and packaging. To know if you’ll be able to run a unit, check the required amperage against how much power your plugs can output. If your wall sockets aren’t up to the task, you might need to consider a less powerful model or renovate to get some extra power.

An air conditioning unit is an essential part of a business and essentially, anywhere it gets hot. If you’re in the market for a new system, consider these seven tips to help you buy the right one for you. If you’re still unsure about what air con unit is right for your business, we’re more than happy to help. Our expert advisers will be able to guide you on the best unit for you.

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