Air conditioning is one of the most commonly overlooked items in a home or office. These days, it’s pretty much a given that all newly built homes or offices come standard with air conditioning. In existing homes, it’s also commonplace to have one retrofitted. So, why is air conditioning important?In a hot climate like Perth, air conditioning is essentially a “must have” in summer time. Long hot days spent outside are best finished off with a cool drink and even cooler evening inside. Especially when we all come home hot and flustered from work, on goes the air conditioning – Cooling, pronto!In a hot climate like Perth, air conditioning is essentially a “must have” in summer time. Long hot days spent outside are best finished off with a cool drink and even cooler evening inside. Especially when we all come home hot and flustered from work, on goes the air conditioning – Cooling, pronto!
Regardless of the type of refrigerated air conditioner, they all operate with the same principle. They absorb heat and transfer it using refrigerant gas. When in cooling mode, this is done by absorbing the heat out of the house and transferring this outside. This process occurs by the compressor condensing and circulating the refrigerant through the outdoor unit, changing it from a gas to a liquid. This liquid changes state through the indoor evaporator coil, where the indoor fan then circulates air through the coil and ductwork, eventually reaching each room in the house.
We believe air conditioning is important for these four reasons.
- Air conditioning is important if you’re looking to reduce the effects of weather extremities. As we mentioned above, Perth is a very hot place to be in summer. And during winter, it can get pretty chilly too. One benefit of air conditioning is that it reduces the effect and impact on occupants of a home or office from weather extremities. This can mean less stress and headache during high stress situations, as well as the ability to relax properly and enjoy leisure time with family and friends.
- Our second reason why air conditioning is important is that it can help control the humidity of the air. This is done when the air conditioner is set to cool or dry mode (not auto mode). Humidity inhibits the heat transfer process, so the air conditioner will have to work harder to cool the house down. This is what creates that clammy and sticky feeling with evaporative systems, even though the rooms can be at an acceptable temperature. Switch your air conditioner to dry mode on mild but humid days, or cool mode when hot and humid.
- A third reason why air conditioning is important is that it adds value to your home. When building a new home, some builders do include air conditioning as an inclusion. If you choose to remove this, or opt for a builder that doesn’t include this, then you’re at risk of not giving your house the best chance of being sold for the highest price when the time comes. Reverse cycle ducted air conditioning is regarded as the best choice of air conditioning in Western Australia due to its ability to heat and cool multiple rooms in a house. Additionally, a ducted air conditioner with zoning functionality allows for some rooms to be on, and some off essentially running a “day/night” system. This works to reduce running costs and giving the best performance possible.
- Our final reason why air conditioning is important is that, in most cases, it can double as a heater too. These days, almost all air conditioners sold are what we call reverse cycle. As mentioned above, this allows for the system to heat and cool without the need of additional componentry. Heating through an air conditioner is actually a rather efficient way of creating a nice warm home in winter. In-fact, some products such as Daikin’s Alira split system air conditioner can help you save up to 39% off your gas heating bill*.
So there you have it, if a new air conditioner is on your shopping list, then think of this as a simple refresher as to why it’s an important addition to an existing home, or a required inclusion for a new home build.
If you have any questions about air conditioners, or looking for a quote, don’t hesitate to contact Ford & Doonan on 1800 AIR CON or firstname.lastname@example.org .*Saving of 39% when comparing a Daikin Alira FTXM50U / RXM50U split system air conditioner to a traditional 5 star space room heater with an output of 6kw (gas heater) whereby the total cost of electricity for the 5 star space room heater was $931.88 compared to $575.40 for the Daikin Alira split system, when running for the same period of time in the same conditions.