Difficult to choose an air conditioning that helps you fight against the heat? We give you all the keys to find the right air conditioning that will make you spend the summer cool.
Different types of air conditioning
The most common air conditioners work with the “split” system which consists in evacuating heat from the room while producing cold. There are two types: mobile and fixed. These are more delicate to install oneself. It should also be noted reversible air conditioning that can produce both hot and cold.
Finally, there are systems based on the circulation of cold water, such as fan-convectors, rare in individuals, and the cooling floor. Like a reversible air conditioning, its cycle can be reversed to diffuse heat. But, again, the installation can be done only when planning a new construction or a heavy rehabilitation because the entire network must be poured into the slab.
Some criteria to take into account
The choice of air conditioning is not easy. Everything depends on the volume of the room, the number of windows, the exposure, the number of occupants. Better to call a professional. Be that as it may, it must be remembered that mobile air conditioners have only a low efficiency: they can only lower the temperature of a room by a few degrees. Not to mention that they cause noise. They can therefore only be used as extra. In addition, the installation of fixed air-conditioning units requires heavier work: drilling walls and installing units outside. This can be problematic in a condominium.
Air conditioning at all prices
With the purchase, the cheapest are mobile air conditioners, which one can find from 300 euros in supermarkets. In addition, it should be known that the prices of reversible air conditioners have become very competitive: they are not more expensive than models that produce only cold. In addition, they are very efficient: their performance in hot mode is almost four times higher than that of a simple electric heater, with equal consumption. In general, manufacturers have made a lot of effort to reduce energy consumption. All are required today to display the consumption level of each device, according to the classification used for refrigerators.
Manufacturers now offer systems that, in addition to cooling, purify the air. There are thus anti-odor, anti-bacterial or ionizing systems. Their efforts have also focused on aesthetics by trying to soften the shapes and making the models more compact so that air conditioning is more discreet, whether on balconies or in homes. Some builders offer indoor units that resemble modern paintings and fit very well into a contemporary decor.