A central air conditioner can be a great option if you live somewhere that is hot all year round. It gives you that vital escape from the heat whilst being energy efficient and being a great all round investment for your home.
However, like with anything, there are downsides to getting a central air conditioner. In this article, we’re going to explore the pros and cons of a central air conditioner installation.
Pro: Cool air all year round
The biggest benefit of an air conditioner is the ability to control the temperature all year. Whenever it gets too hot, you can turn up the air con and let yourself be nicely cooled down. If you end up with a rare cooler day, you can turn your air con to heat up your house so that you can stay the perfect temperature whatever the weather.
Con: Higher energy bills
A cool room does come with a price, and this is increased energy bills. Nothing is for free, and an air conditioner certainly isn’t. If this is your first time installing an air conditioner, be aware that this is going to hike up your energy bills.
There are ways to save money; this includes keeping the temperature at around 72 to 73 degrees, and ensuring that you keep your air conditioner well maintained. A dodgy air conditioner will run inefficiently and become even more costly.
Pro: Filtered air
Most air conditioners now come with filters to filter the air around you. It circulates the air to ensure it doesn’t get stuffy, and will trap airborne particles (like smoke particles) to keep your air nice and clean. Australia has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world, so keeping your air clean is important.
Con: Expensive to install
An air conditioner can be expensive to install, so you need to consider if you can afford the initial investment. Whilst some air conditioners you can install yourself, the bigger and more effective ones will need someone who’s trained. However, an air conditioner can improve the value of your home as well, so it can be a good investment if you’re thinking of moving soon.
Pro: Programmable thermostat
Some air conditioners will come with a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to program when you want your air conditioner to come and off. Perhaps you normally get home at 6pm, then you could programme your air conditioner to come on at 5:45pm so that your home is nice and cool when you arrive back. It also means that you won’t forget to turn it off if you leave the house, and will help to save money over time.
Con: Your room has to be sealed off
In order for your air conditioner to work most effectively, the room it’s cooling needs to be sealed off. This means closing any windows and external doors. As soon as a window or door is open, it will blow in hot air, making the air conditioner work harder to cool the room down. This results in increased energy costs and higher electricity bills. Although as long as the room is sealed, then your air conditioner will be able to work effectively.