It’s truly hard to imagine how a Singaporean household can survive without an air conditioner. We have long believed that a cooling appliance these days is a real necessity not a mere luxury. In fact, you can hardly see a residential property without this much needed cooling unit, can you?
There are also plenty of reasons why you should switch to a brand new air conditioning unit inside your home even when you already have one.
We’re of course talking to those who have not replaced their ACs in the past five years or so. One good reason is that your AC may not be up-to-date with new eco-friendly standards recently released by different states including Singapore. If your AC still uses freon as a refrigerant, yours is one of the outdated units. You may not even be aware that freon is being phased out because of its harsh effects on the ozone layer.
But before you head on to replace your old AC and install a new one, make sure you know these things and you’ve made the right decisions on these four aspects.
Know the electrical capacity of your property
Finding out the electrical capacity of your HDB flat or apartment block is not difficult. It’s as simple as going to a government website and entering your postal code and it will show you the limits of your electrical usage within the premises. You can even ask this information from the owner of the building where your flat is. Once you have this data, you can move to the next step.
Determine the cooling need of your home space
The cooling need of your home space depends partly on the size, position, and structure of your home, and your preference on how cool you want each space to be. A house with many walls dividing the whole place into smaller areas has cooling need different from one with less walls.
If your flat or apartment faces the sun directly during the day, your cooling needs is different from a house that’s shaded by the shadows of higher establishments and buildings. We also have different preferences when it comes to our cooling needs. Some want natural ventilation for the living room while others prefer every part of the house to be cooled down by an AC. Consider these factors in choosing an air conditioner for your home.
Know the specifications of your air conditioner
We’ve written in the past about the right questions to ask before you purchase an air conditioner. You have to do your homework and find out the perfect unit for you based on its cooling capacity, durability, and life span. There are eco-friendly and energy-efficient cooling units these days that use up a type of refrigerant that does not cause ozone depletion unlike freon. Know these AC specifications and you’ll arrive at the right decision.
Decide on the placement of your air conditioner
Lastly, we advise that you take a closer look on the spaces in your house where air conditioner is mostly needed. Consider factors such as the areas where people gather most of the time, parts of your house facing the sun, and those areas where a cold atmosphere is needed.
Make sure as well that you place your AC in a position where it will be easy to maintain. Remember that you have to periodically contact aircon maintenance pros to work on your AC. You might also want to consider the perfect placement where it will not be an eyesore inside your house.