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Air Conditioner Buying Guide

If you live in a hot or warm climate, even if it’s only for part of the year, an air conditioner is pretty much a must-have device. In ultra-hot climates – such as the tropics – it is an absolute necessity. In that case, no home can or should be without one. But air conditioners come in numerous styles and sizes.

As a dealer, you’ll want to make sure you have a wide enough selection of air-conditioners that your inventory appeals to a vast array of individuals. This means various budgets, sizes, designs, different power levels, and more.

The following is a buyer’s guide. But it’s also something for you, as a dealer, to keep in mind as it relates to your consumers.

When purchasing an air conditioner, the following should be considered:

  • Decide whether your air conditioner is going to be a simple window unit or an entire central air system
  • The maintenance requirements
  • Whether the installation of the unit be supported by your electrical system
  • Energy efficiency
  • Make sure that the level of BTUs (British thermal units) is sufficient for your space

Let’s look at each of these individually.

Central or Window Unit?

The biggest question here is how many rooms need to be cooled. If you have to worry about just one or two rooms, you can probably get away with a window unit. Beyond that, however, you’ll likely be better off with central air.

An entire house or sizable condo/apartment would be far better cooled and dehumidified in its entirety with central air conditioning.

What Kind of Maintenance Is Required?

To ensure an air-conditioning unit stays in good condition, every now and again, maintenance is required. Debris, dirt, dust, and more can be accumulated by these units over time. The effectiveness of a unit can be hindered, and filters clogged as a result.

Professional tune-ups should be part of an ongoing maintenance plan with central air conditioners. Window units can usually get away with some soap and water with which to wash the air filter.

Can Your Electrical System Handle It?

The idea of a massive, high-powered central air conditioning system may be an attractive one, but can your home’s electrical set up handle it? This can even apply to window units, in some cases.

Contact a licensed technician if you’re unsure or to upgrade your electrical system to handle bigger demands.

Is It Energy-Efficient?

Energy efficiency is a huge concern among today’s consumers, and it should be. Compared to standard models, some of today’s air conditioners can use roughly 10% less energy. Do yourself a favor and consider units with Energy Star Certifications.

As a rule, an air conditioning unit will be more efficient the higher the EER (Energy Efficiency Ration) measurement.

BTUs or Cooling Capacity

For whatever space you need to cool, there is likely an air conditioner with the appropriate BTU level. The term BTU refers to British Thermal Units. This is what cooling capacity is measured in. Here is why BTUs are important:

  • Your air conditioning unit will shut down before the space is completely de-humidified and cooled if the BTU level is too high.
  • On the other hand, your energy bills will probably skyrocket because – while trying to cool off a large space – the unit will continuously run, if your BTU level is too low.

Are you a dealer in search of wholesale prices that will allow your business the financial room to expand and the opportunity to make a good profit? Look no further than Ambar Distributors.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.