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How to Choose Your Air Conditioning System

Last modified: 2020-02-21 | Approximate reading time 2 mins

Léa Plourde-Archer

Summer just started and you’re already thinking about moving to the far North to escape the heat and humidity? is here to help you figure out which air conditioning system is best adapted to your needs and to your budget. Many different home cooling solutions are available out there; the only thing left to do is to find the right one.  Air conditioning is an excellent way to make your house’s ambient temperature more bearable in the summer.

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Choosing your air conditioning system: what you need to know

The main criteria when shopping for an air conditioning system should be the size of the room or the space which needs to be covered. An air conditioner’s cooling capacity is measured using BTU (British Thermal Units). 20 BTU is equivalent to cooling one square foot. Choosing a system with the right strength is crucial because if it’s too weak, it will work non-stop and will run up your electricity bill.

However, buying an air conditioner that is too strong isn’t the proper solution either. If the machine works too well for the area in which it is placed, it will cause another problem: humidity. The reason being is that air conditioners absorb humidity very slowly. 

If the room cools down too fast, the machine won’t be able to process the extra humidity, thus leaving it hanging in the air. Air conditioning systems aim to transfer heat from one place to another.

Normally, they absorb cool air from the outside, bring it inside, absorb the hot air from inside and send it outside. The difference between a window air conditioner and a central air conditioning system is the fact that the main goal of a central air conditioning system is to control room temperature throughout the whole house. 

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The zoning system that comes with it allows the user to control the temperature in 8 different zones inside the house.

When picking an air conditioning system, another thing you should look at is the energy efficiency ratio (SEER, TRES or RES). The higher the number, the less money you’ll end up spending on the energy that your air conditioner uses. 

Fans and compressors tend to be loud. Since air conditioners usually have both, you should always test the system out before you buy it. This step is important since noise can be such a big nuisance.

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Portable air conditioner

If your room doesn’t have a window or if your windows are not adapted for a window air conditioner, portable air conditioners are one of the best options on the market. As the name of the product implies, this machine is portable and can be moved around everywhere inside the house.

Fan Coils

If your air conditioning system lacks strength or if it’s having trouble projecting the cold air inside the room, you can buy a fan coil to help bring it to another level. An air conditioner can be strengthened to the tune of 2 SEER, for an added energy consumption level of only 40 watts. Fan coils also help dehumidify your home.

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