Did you know there are numerous air conditioning systems types available? Each one comes with their own distinct advantages, where certain systems are more appropriate for certain applications. Here’s a quick look at the most common systems:
- Wall-mounted splits: As the name suggests, this air conditioner type is affixed to the wall. This is done at a high level, where external condensers are used to dissipate the outdoor heat.
- Cassette units: Rather than being mounted on the wall, a cassette unit is installed into ceilings, usually suspended ceilings. These units are effective while being subtle in design.
- Ducted units: These can be the most discrete systems as they are usually hidden in ceiling voids and vent the conditioned air through ductwork to supply air grills in the ceiling.
- Multi-split: While a single-split system is suitable for small spaces like a cosy café or single office, larger premises require more cooling (or heating). This is where a multi-split system, would be more suitable these systems can provide temperature control in multiple spaces.
- VRF systems: If you need a more complex, technologically advanced option, look no further than a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system. These allow for up to 16 indoor AC units to be connected to a single outdoor condensing unit.
As mentioned, with different air conditioning systems, types are more suitable in some situations compared to others. If you’re unsure about which system would be the best fit for your needs, it is essential you receive guidance from a professional. The last thing you want is uneven temperature control across your premises, or an inefficient unit that consumes more energy than necessary.
Consider the noise
Noise will always be a factor with air conditioners. Even the most advanced systems have mechanical parts like motors and fans that produce an audible sound. With that said, the noise can be significantly different depending on aspects like the unit and its location.
Fortunately, before any purchase you can check the noise levels of an air conditioner because it’s included in the specifications. This is found under decibels (dB). As an example, a standard wall-mounted air conditioning unit capable of an 8,000 BTU cooling capacity will produce approximately 45 dB in the low fan speed. To compare this, normal speech levels typically hit the 60 dB level.
In general, the noise level of an air conditioning system is determined by its cooling capacity. The higher the cooling capacity, the louder the unit.
Ultimately, most air conditioning units will produce negligible noise that will largely go unnoticed in a work environment. However, if a quiet space is imperative for your business, ensure you choose a low decibel unit, and enjoy whisper quiet operation.
Electricity bills are a hot topic right now. As the cost of energy continues to skyrocket, businesses are searching for ways to reduce their energy use. This can be achieved in several ways, one of which is to select energy-efficient appliances. That includes your air conditioning system.
By choosing the right air conditioning from the start, your company can save a lot of money in the long run. This is particularly the case if you have a large premises that demands something like a multi-split system or VRF.
To check the efficiency of an air conditioning unit, make sure to check the energy efficiency ratio (EER). As you might expect, a higher EER score is what you want to see when selecting an energy-efficient system.
For a high-quality air conditioning unit that is efficient, it needs to manage the heating and cooling demands successfully. This goal is helped by ensuring both insulation and ventilation are at a high level.
How much is the budget?
Budget will always play an important role in any business decision you make. Selecting an air conditioning unit is no different. While you must think about the long-term costs of energy and maintenance, you also have to consider the upfront costs at this time.
How much can you set aside for air conditioning? Will you be able to afford the most expensive option available if needed? Maybe you have to make some concessions? Either way, it’s vital you understand your costs right from the start.
It is important to avoid specifying an air conditioning unit simply based on its price. This might cost you a lot more money in the long run, particularly if you have to replace the air conditioning system because it’s inadequate for your operations and your space.
We have a useful online calculator that will give you a quick quotation for a new air conditioning installation. Simply type in the dimensions and type of room to be cooled and our calculator will produce a cost estimate to help you get an insight into the budget you will need for your project.
Selecting the right installation contractor
It is not just the air conditioner itself you have to think about. You also have to pay careful attention to the installation company you select. Not only do you have to select an installation contractor that makes sense from a cost perspective, but also one which possesses the necessary skills, and experience to install and maintain it.
The latter aspect is understandably the most important. You need an installation contractor that is qualified to install air conditioning. Always choose a REFCOM registered company with engineers who have completed the relevant F-Gas refrigerant training and certification. It’s vital that you can trust your contractor to install or maintain your system in line with the current regulations.
The installation should be well planned to suit your business schedule (out of hours if necessary) and involve team members with the NICEIC qualification to the complete electrical-related services. A great contractor will be one that understands all the factors mentioned above and who also cares about the aesthetics of your system.