If you are suffering from an overheated bedroom, which is especially a huge problem at night when you want to be cool, then you may consider installing a single room air conditioning unit that will be able to cool that room alone. This can save you on cooling your entire home and instead only cool the room that needs it the most. Here are four things to consider before you install a room air conditioner, though:
- The Approved Refrigerant: First off, you want to be sure that you are only shopping for a room air conditioner that has the approved refrigerant level. This is because when you attempt to service the air conditioner in the future, you will want it to be up-to-date so that the service doesn't become an issue. Out of date air conditioners tend to be more difficult to repair since parts aren't easily found. Since refrigerant R-22 was recently discontinued, the new standard you want to look for is R-410A.
- The Capacity: Before you purchase a room air conditioner, you want to be sure that it is the right size for your room. You don't want to choose one that is oversized, which will take up too much energy for no reason or one that is under sized that won't cool down the space efficiently enough. Be sure that you base your size choice on the square footage of the room.
- The Energy Efficiency: In order to be sure that you save money on energy costs, you want to be sure that you choose an air conditioning unit that has both an EnergyStar label, as well as a high EER rating. The higher the EER rating, then the more you will be saving on energy costs.
- The Installation: Before purchasing a room air conditioning unit, you also want to be sure that you consider the process of air conditioning installation. Think about how much space in the window the unit will take up and whether or not you are ready to give up that view space. If not, you can always choose one that won't take up as much space in the window. You may even need to purchase some building supplies that will help you to avoid certain hazards, such as cutting into other wires that may be surrounding the room air conditioning unit.
By considering these four things before purchasing an air conditioning unit, you can be sure that you end up with a room air conditioning that keeps you cool while saving you as much money as possible.