The Melbourne weather has been quite confusing lately. It is as though winter and spring are locked in an epic war, and both are refusing to budge in their dominance over the city.
But the good news is, it is only a matter of weeks before winter will be truly gone (yes!), and before you know it, it is time for glorious summer! Time for shorts and tees and beaches and getting gorgeously tanned…But wait.
Let us not forget the 40-degree days that come together in an Aussie summer package. As such, it is probably a good idea to consider investing in a new cooling system for your home.
As air conditioning technology advances, so does the array of features you can choose from. There are the ‘intelligent’ features that work automatically to maintain comfortable temperatures and save power, ‘convenient’ features like automatic self-cleaning, and other ‘special’ features to minimise noise or maximise air quality.
With so many options to consider, let us help you narrow down your choices by listing the five must-have features in a good air conditioner.
1. Power savers
Saving money is always a good idea, and one of the ways you can do that is by cutting down on your electricity bills.
Some air conditioners come with an infrared sensor that detects movement in a room. When the room is empty, it changes its setting to ‘energy saving operations’ – which also saves your dollars – and when someone re-enters the room, it returns to the original setting.
2. Clean air filters
Our environment is definitely more polluted than before, and sadly, more Australians are suffering from asthma and air-borne allergies today. As such, one of the must-have features in a good air conditioner is a clean air filter or purifier.
Look for air conditioners with air purification filters that are able to trap even microscopic airborne dust particles, as well as eliminate bacteria and unpleasant odours.
3. Humidity control
When humidity is too high or low, it affects us. Low levels of humidity lead to very dry air, which increases the chances of catching airborne viruses like the flu, exacerbates eczema and makes dry skin worse. Higher humidity, on the other hand, creates an environment for dust mites and mould.
There are air conditioners that can both dehumidify and humidify indoor air, and this is definitely a feature you must look out for if you want to keep your family comfortable and healthy at home.
4. Automatic self-cleaning
An automatic self-cleaning function enables the air conditioner to remove dust from the air filter automatically. This not only helps to maintain a stable air-flow, but it also reduces power consumption, as more energy will be used if filters are blocked and dirty.
5. Quiet systems
We live in a world with a constant stream of noise – from traffic to road works, from radio and television to mobile devices… We are constantly bombarded with noise. The last thing we need is a noisy air conditioner at home.
Keep these features in mind as you shop for the best heating and cooling for your home. Or you can always get in touch with us, and let us help you out. Easy breezy.