The hot weather seasons have arrived and many home owners have already begun using their home cooling systems. Many rely on central air conditioning units to keep their homes cool. However, if you live in a small home or apartment, it may be more energy efficient to use a window air conditioning unit. Window air conditioning systems are available in various sizes and can provide adequate cooling for smaller homes. If you are shopping for a new window air conditioning unit for your home, these are some tips to help you find one that will keep your home cool and comfortable.
Choosing the Right Size
The size of window cooling unit you need depends on the size of the home or room you will cool with it. The amount of cooling a window air conditioning unit can produce is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). Window air conditioning units are usually available from 5,000-25,000 BTUs.
If you only need to cool one small room, a 5,000 BTU unit may be sufficient. However, if you have a few rooms to cool and your home has an open floor plan, it is still possible to cool the entire home with a larger BTU window unit air conditioner that will produce enough cool air to travel throughout your home.
Make Sure The Unit Has a Filter
Many window air conditioning units have a built in filter that traps dirt and dust from entering into the cooling unit. This keeps the unit working properly and also keeps dirt and dust from blowing throughout your home as it runs.
The filter can be removed and cleaned thoroughly as needed. Cleaning the filter periodically prevents your air conditioning unit from having to work harder and use more energy to cool your home.
Choose A Unit That Has Modern Technology
Modern window air conditioning units come equipped with more convenient gadgets. This often includes easier-to-use buttons for controlling the unit, remote controls, digital thermometers and built-in timers. These make controlling the unit easier and can help you keep your home at a specific temperature all the time.
The built-in timer can even help you conserve energy and cut back on your use of electricity. The time can be set to turn the unit off while no one is home and back on a few minutes before the first person returns home again. This decreases the time that the unit is running while also giving you the convenience of coming home to a comfortably cool home.
Window air conditioning units are ideal for those who want to avoid the expense of having central air installed without sacrificing the comfort of a cool home. Installing ceiling fans can also help circulate the cool air throughout your home more easily. Contact a company like Norris Mechanical for more information.