How to choose the best air conditioner

The UK’s weather is famously unpredictable, but one trend is clear. Our summers are getting hotter year-on-year. As a result, more British people are purchasing air conditioning units for their home. What was once something most Brits only encountered on holiday is becoming a regular feature of our lives. To many people, however, choosing air conditioning for their home seems like something of a minefield. It’s actually more straightforward than you might think. Let’s take a look at some of the factors you should consider when choosing an air conditioning unit.

Domestic air conditioners break down into two different types:

  • Portable air conditioners – these are also known as single-unit air conditioners, standalone air conditioners and monoblock air conditioners. These are plugged into a mains socket and then the hose is placed out of the window or door.
  • Split-unit air conditioners – these are also known as fixed air conditioners. These have an indoor and outdoor unit. The indoor unit is fixed to the inside of an interior wall, and the outdoor unit is fixed on the other side of the wall or installed on the ground inside.


What’s the best portable air conditioner?


The best portable air conditioner for you is the one that does the job you need it to do consistently and for the lowest ongoing running costs. Portable air conditioners (PACs) are rated in British Thermal Units (BTU). A higher BTU number means a larger room can be cooled. A 9,000 BTU air conditioner will cool a room of 45 cubic metres. The higher the BTUs, the pricier it will be to buy and more costly it will be to run. So, it makes sense to ensure you don’t purchase a more powerful machine than you need.

Some of the best-regarded portable air conditioners include the De’Longhi PAC AN112 Silent Air Conditioner (£729.99), the Honeywell MN 12,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner (£698.95) and the De’Longhi PAC AN98 ECO Real Feel Portable Air Conditioner (£528.95).

Prices ranges vary greatly, so it’s important to shop around.


What is the best cheap air conditioner?


The cheapest air conditioners are incredibly affordable and can give adequate air conditioning power for most homes. It’s important to look at the capabilities of the unit you’re considering, particularly the BTU rating. It’s worth considering too, whether or not it might be worthwhile to spend a little more on an air conditioner that’s likely to last longer. It could work out more cost-effective over time. A popular cheap air conditioner is the Challenger 5K Air Conditioning Unit, slightly more expensive is the Comfee By Midea 9000 BTU Portable Air Conditioning Unit. Both are available for under £400.


Which air conditioner is best for the home?


The best air conditioner for your home is the one that does the job you want for it at a cost-effective price. Ideally, you won’t want a system with a high carbon footprint either. This is why it’s incredibly important to shop around. If you have a larger home, it may be worthwhile considering a split-unit air conditioner. Installing a domestic air conditioning system can add value to your home and make it more appealing to buyers.


Which is the best air conditioner to buy?


Before you consider purchasing an air conditioner for your home, it might be worthwhile talking to air conditioning experts for some professional advice. An air conditioning system is a considerable investment, and it pays to make sure you make the right choice.

Enviro Chill is the North West of England’s leading supplier of domestic air conditioning systems. Our team of experienced air conditioning engineers offer expert advice, with a free, no-obligation quote for any work you may require. We can also arrange an on-site survey to better understand your specific requirements and to answer any questions you might have.

Call us on 0151 285 1818 or use our online contact form to find out more.