A free standing unit may be a good choice if you need a more efficient cooling solution for your large office or you may just be readying your home for the summer months.
Regardless of the reason, this type of air conditioner is more than capable of meeting your needs. Before rushing to purchase the first unit you see, it is important to consider several factors in order to ensure that you are purchasing the right air conditioning unit. You must consider a unit’s venting requirements.
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Portability is also an important factor. Noise is something you must also take into account. Finally, as a discerning consumer, you must ensure that the unit you purchase has the power needed to meet your needs.
Knowing how many vents the units has and where the vents or hoses are supposed to go is a must when purchasing this type of air conditioning unit. Vents suck in ambient, warm air in order to cool it. Usually, a window or a small hole in the wall is required to keep the machine supplied with outside air.
Although you may think that you would only keep your chosen air conditioner in a single spot for the entirety of its existence, there may come a time where circumstances would require you to move the machine to a new and better location.
Floor standing aircon units are usually portable, with wheels at the bottom. Some ac units even come with a wheeled platform that can be removed once the machine has been settled into its final destination.
Working in an office is dreary and annoying as it is without the additional irritation of having a constant and distracting whir coming from your air-conditioner. Although many manufacturers are loathe to print noise measurements (usually in decibels) on their product manual, it always pays to check these prior to any purchase.
Customer reviews of the same make and model are often a good way to check if a unit is prone to making annoying noises. As a common rule, the more portable an air conditioning unit is, the less noise it makes though some manufacturers have already turned their efforts into crafting quiet machines.
Cooling power is something that people should always consider when purchasing venting free standing air conditioner machines. Cooling power is measured in BTUs or British Thermal Units. As another general rule of thumb, you should multiply the square footage of the area you want to cool by 35 to obtain the approximate BTU amount that you would need.
High BTUs are generally better though this power comes with a corresponding increase in energy consumption. A nice balance between power and efficiency is what you should always strive for. If you have a small area or if you have a large area that is being cooled by numerous cooling machines, then you wouldn’t require as much cooling power from a single aircon unit.