This blog is created to help you with one of a bigger home improvement questions that is your heating and cooling needs. Air conditioners come in all shapes and sizes with many brands available and it can be a little overwhelming question of what air conditioner to buy.
We are starting with this topic as we’re most versed with it however we envisage this to grow into something much bigger where we will able to offer many more home improvement tips and even allow you to contribute with your tips and tricks around the house.
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Been thinking about buying air conditioning for my 2 story home in Sydney’s western suburbs and I’m not sure if I can justify it. Hot 40 degree + summers, you would think it’s a no-brainer – just buy yourself an air conditioner and have it installed by a/c contractors I hear you say? Air conditioning companies in Sydney like Frost air would bid for your business and you’d be able to strike a good deal. I have been debating the same thing in my mind and every time I talk to my wife we both have counter arguments not to buy one.
Why buy an air conditioner?
First let me make an argument for buying some sort of air conditioning system for your home. Pro arguments are overwhelmingly part of home improvement blogs and air conditioning sales and installation companies as well as HVAC manufacturers due to obvious bias there. So let me beat their drum and say that having air conditioning in your home is definitely beneficial. The only question you need to ask yourself is it worth the expense.
Air conditioning will definitely enhance your time spent at home with your friends and family. It will not only keep the temperature constant, cool cycle on those hot summer days and keep you warm in winter – and all this at the push of a button using your remoter control. It will De-humidify the air around you making it more pleasant on your skin and to breath in. All modern a/c systems will also have built-in air filters making the home atmosphere healthier for your lungs.
Most modern systems will also feature mobile phone remote control where you are able to turn on/off, control the fan speed and temperature from a geographical distance. This could be good when you are leaving work, you can turn on the cooling half hour before your arrival to be greeted by a comfortable home ambiance.
Any reason not to purchase a/c?
Although reverse cycle air conditioners promise to keep you cool in summer and warm and fuzzy during winter that all comes at a cost. Initial investment will set you back anywhere from few thousand dollars for split system air conditioner all the way to $10,000 or more for ducted air conditioning installations.
Then there is a running cost associated with it, where if you were to have it running constantly, sometimes for heating and cooling and sometimes for ventilation, you will find your electricity bills will reach hundreds and even thousand dollars per quarter. As much as reverse cycle and inverter technologies save on power compared to old style units, there is just no way of running HVAC without consuming significant amounts of power; they are just by it’s design power hungry home appliances.
If you think of it this way and couple that with the fact that if you are like us where you lead an active lifestyle – you will not be spending all that much time at home. Monday to Friday is work in your air conditioned office, then you jump in the car that also have cooling and heating as standard. Weekends are pretty much taken by outdoor activities such as the beach in summer and bush walking, kayaking during other seasons not to mention an occasional outdoor BBQ in the national park and also local Australian and overseas holidays.
Oh, if your not to buy argument wasn’t enough, what happens when your air conditioner breaks down and you have to service or repair it – those costs add-up as well. So the question of whether you should buy air conditioning for you home or not becomes a cost / benefit exercise and a matter of personal preference.
If you do consider buying one here is a very informative air conditioning buying guide video