- Which rooms in your home are you looking to cool down or heat up?
- What are the dimensions and the structure of the space(s)? If it’s your whole home, you may consider a ducted or multi-head system. If there is only one room that needs a change then a single unit, wall-mounted, or even portable unit might do the trick.
- Can you close off areas to maintain the temperature in the most heavily used areas?
- Is your home insulated? Insulation helps maintain the inside climate.
- Do you have double glazing or binds or curtains to keep an even temperature inside your home?
Do you want to be able to control the system with pre-programmed settings or adjust from outside the home? There are useful features to consider such as sleep timer, human sensor, remote control, power/heating levels and a thermostat.
Does a wall-mounted unit work in your space, or would you prefer ceiling or floor ducting? Will the design of the unit have an impact on the style of your home?
Investing in a heating and/or cooling system can have an impact on your energy usage and therefore utility bills. It’s important to understand the energy consumption when assessing each system.
Consider that all wall-hung or ducted units will require a professional to install and service your system. The installers should have a license to prove they are certified for installation. This is important for your warranty as it will be void if not installed by a licensed professional.
As with most appliances, it’s important to understand the safety aspects of your unit. Some features include: built-in cut-off switches, flame resistant, splash proof casing and child proof controls.
Some systems require space outside to house part of the unit. Do you have the access and space? For wall-mounted units and ceiling fans, you’ll need to know your ceiling height and wall space. If you’re looking at a ducted system, you’ll need to know roof cavity and/or under floor access. Apartment dwellers need to understand if there are any body corporate restrictions or consider opportunities for a group solution?
Quick Tip – The ideal inside temperature in your home in winter is between 18-20 °C and between 23-27ºC in summer. Each degree of difference increases your energy consumption by up to 10%, so make sure you close doors or blinds to maximise your heating or cooling effect.
Now that you understand your home environment it’s time to look at the types available to and then have a look at our product reviews to find the best products to suit you …
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