3 key things to consider when buying an air conditioner

25 Jul 2017

In any warm climate, like that experienced in South Africa, air conditioning can be essential to maintaining a regular temperature, giving us not only comfort, but actually improving the performance of workers in the work place (and many people now work from home). So, whether it is for the home or for the business, there are essentially just 3 key things to consider when buying an air conditioner and we take a look at these in this article.

1. Ensure your are purchasing a good quality air conditioner

As with most products there are superior and inferior makes of Air conditioners. In the first place, remember that buying a second hand unit is not really recommended, as a new unit will have at least a one or two or in some cases 3 or 5 year warranty, giving you some assurance of the reliability of your purchase. A good quality unit however, provided it is regularly serviced and well maintained by a reputable Aircon company, will last you many years beyond that. So choose a good, reliable brand like Samsung, Alliance or Jet air (to name just a few) that will give you an acceptable warranty and many years good service.

2. Choose the correct size air conditioner

The efficacy of the air conditioning unit you buy will be in direct relation to the size of the unit and the size of the room it is servicing. It is essential therefore to choose the right size unit accordingly. Your expert at the Aircon Company can advise you in this regard, but the rule of thumb is that a 20 to 25sqm room will need what is termed as 12,000 BTU (British Thermal Unit - which is the unit used to measure thermal energy).

3. Choose a reputable aircon supplier

Choosing an air conditioner encompasses not only ensuring that the make and warranty are good, but remember that having chosen the unit, there is an installation process that follows and of course its long-term servicing and maintenance. This is essential to its efficiency and economy of performance. Only a reputable aircon dealer can assure you that all of these bases are covered.


We hope these 3 key things to consider when buying an air conditioner has given you a basic guide to choosing the right unit. Contact us for any more questions, Our fast, efficient service will quickly have you cool and comfortable through summer and warm as toast through winter ...with the peace of mind of knowing that you made the right choice!

Benefits of Inverter Air Conditioning

Inverter air conditioning is more expensive than non-inverter air conditioning, but with the deteriorating state of the energy system in South Africa, it is a worthy investment to consider.  The main difference is that an inverter air conditioning unit delivers a fixed amount of power using a fixed speed compressor. The speed of the compressor varies, so as to deliver the precise cooling or heating power required.

Benefits of inverter air conditioning

  • Up to 40% cheaper to run as it consumes less power
  • Reaches the desired temperature quicker
  • Startup time is reduced by 30%
  • Much quieter when running
  • No temperature fluctuations, therefor maximizing comfort level
  • No voltage peaks from the compressor
  • All Samsung inverter air conditioners are heat pumps which in itself is one of the most energy efficient form of heating.

How does inverter air conditioning work?

The amount of cooling or heating required by an air conditioner varies depending on the outdoor temperature and the amount of heat in the room. When cooling or heating capacity needs to be decreased, the compressor will operate at a high speed and will increase the amount of refrigerant flow.

When the inverter air conditioner is switched on, the compressor operates at a high speed in order to cool or heat the room quicker.

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