Top Features to Look for when Buying an Air Conditioner – Part 2
In general, getting the right air conditioner means choosing the right features for it. Whether it’s a human presence sensor, self-cleaning function or dehumidifier, you will see it for yourself why these ‘small details’ make such a big difference. Learn how to choose smart in order to enjoy air conditioning comfort all year round.
After reading our previous blog post, you’re probably curious to find out what other features can make an air conditioning experience complete. Good news! You’re in the right place! So, before heading out to a department store to buy yourself a new AC unit, sit back for a moment, relax and read on.
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Features to look for when buying a new air conditioner
5.Multiple operating modes
When it comes to choosing an all year round climate control system, reverse cycle air conditioning is definitely the best option to consider. However, besides heating and cooling, there are also other functions it needs to come with such as:
- Auto mode – automatically switches to the proper mode to keep the room at the desired temperature.
- Dry mode – dehumidifies the air. This provides some cooling, but not as much as the cooling mode does.
- Fan only mode – blows air without heating, cooling or drying, which proves to be useful when you just want a cooling breeze.
- Economy mode – reduces power consumption usually by adjusting the thermostat a degree or two.
In general, you may want that little extra from your air conditioner to reach that extraordinary level of comfort. Therefore, the dry mode is another must-have feature, especially if you live in humid states such as Queensland. On the contrary, a touch of humidity in the air is what a cold, dry environment needs.
Today, some brands and models can both dehumidify and humidify indoor air. Technically, the outdoor unit effectively draws or withdraws moisture from the outdoors and transfers it to your living spaces. Plus, smart ACs can even automatically control temperature and airflow and then switch to cooling mode if the temperature rises beyond your desired level.
7. Power-saving functions
Furthermore, saving energy and money should definitely be on top of your priorities list when choosing an air con system. Fortunately, there are many ways to cut down your energy bills nowadays.
For instance, some devices may use sensors to detect any activity in the room and adjust the cooling/heating output accordingly. So, whether it’s Daikin’s advanced Econo Mode or other similar features, they will still keep you comfortable, while reducing power consumption. This is particularly effective when your household is using multiple appliances at the same time.
8. Demand Response Enabling Device (DRED)
Also known as PeakSmart, DRED feature is another good addition to any air conditioner you may choose. Technically, if your energy provider offers the PeakSmart service, they’ll be able to remotely switch your air conditioner to an economy mode during times of high demand on the grid.
While this doesn’t have a major impact on your AC’s cooling/heating capacity, it will, however, reduce the amount of power used. This way, not only do you decongest power demand but you also save money and help reduce carbon footprint. Some Queensland energy companies like Energex and Ergon, also pay incentives to customers who buy DRED-enabled air cons.
In conclusion, no matter what your needs and preferences might be, remember to include at least some of these features on your AC shopping list.
Until next time, best of luck on your air conditioning quest!
Your friend and AC expert,