With the UK currently in the midst of a scorching heatwave, millions will be looking for some relief from the soaring temperatures.
As a way to keep their homes cool in recent years, more households have turned to air conditioning which, although costly, might be an investment as our weather continues to heat up.
The vast majority opt for portable plug-in air conditioners which will cool a room at varying degrees of efficiency – much as plug-in radiators will heat a space.
More of a commitment are fixed systems which are installed into a property permanently.
There are a number of things to take into consideration before buying………
Firstly, think about whether you want a standalone air conditioning unit which is plugged into a socket or a fixed air conditioning unit which is placed onto the wall.
A standalone air con unit can help to cool the home without having to install anything, can be transported to different areas of the home and be placed away in storage when not in use. Expect to pay about £400.00 for a reasonable unit and remember you will need to vent the exhaust heat out of the room.
Whereas, a fixed air con unit needs to be permanently mounted onto the wall and can be a significant upfront investment, particularly with the additional installation fee, with the cost for install starting anywhere from £1,250.00
However, the fixed air con unit can be ideal if there is one room that gets incredibly hot and they are often quieter to operate.
Many air con units also have a wide range of other features such as fan speed, dehumidifier mode, remote control operation and timers, so it’s worth considering which of these is important for your home too.
All-in-all, a standalone air con unit is most likely the best option for the majority of us that live in the UK, so it can be bought out at a moment’s notice to cool down the home when we are faced with a sunny spell.’
How much will it cost? And what you need to know?
Standalone air conditioning units are the affordable option, which simply plug into the mains and require no installation.
Prices start from around £200, but can rise up to £600 for more expensive brands.
However, they are not as effective as split-unit conditioners as they are less powerful. Remember you also have to vent the heat the create to the outside otherwise you’re just reheating your property. They also tend to be quite heavy and can get in the way in smaller spaces.
Who should I get to do it?
When looking for someone to install an air conditioning unit, contact local firms for a quote and compare. Ask for recommendation on social media, a good company will show off their work on social media or their website.
Ensure that the business is F-Gas registers are certified as this is a legal compliance.
Most installers will also offer a one to three-year manufacturing guarantee so opt for a firm that promises this. Some firm have approved installer status, this means you can get a 5-year warranty as long as you make sure you keep up with the servicing and maintenance of the unit.