What Brand of Air Conditioner Is Best?
Perhaps one of the best things science has done for home comfort is the discovery of air conditioners. What could be more useful than cheap ducted air conditioning that silently pumps cool air through your home when temperatures are soaring. A cost efficient, energy saving air conditioning unit is not just essential for comfortable living, but is a positive asset to the value of your home. Air conditioners have three main functions %u2013 to lower the temperature of the room, filter the air, and reduce moisture in the air.
Mini Split Air Conditioners
A traditional air conditioner operates with two units, one on the inside of the home, and the other outside. Mini split air conditioners are ductless, instead they have refrigerated lines that route through a single unit outside of each additional unit inside the house. They require less space and are less expensive as they are easy to install and maintain. Mini split air conditioners add a new sense of attraction to the design of your home, increasing its value. They are ideal for heating and cooling individual rooms and very economical as each zone has its own thermostat and can be turned off in rooms that are unoccupied, saving energy.
The term “SEER” means :seasonal energy efficient ratio” – the higher the seer number, the more energy efficient the unit is.
Some top brands to consider are:
The Daikin brand feature a variety of models for different requirements. Indoor units are available in ducted, ceiling, cassette or console units. Daikin brands feature a “Home Leave” option to set temperatures 3 to 5 degrees lower or higher while the home is unoccupied. An “intelligent eye” feature uses an infrared sensor to adjust the temperature when the room is unoccupied for more than twenty minutes.
The Quaternity series put out a efficient 26 seer with a 4 stage air cleaner to improve air quality.
The KE series have units that offer an 18 seer efficiency with a choice of heat pump models or cool only.
The LV series has a 24 seer efficiency output and a premium heat pump.
The MXS series has multi-zone units that can service up to 4 zones.
The VRV III units can service up to 8 different zones.
All the standard features are available with these brands and come in heat pump systems or cool only units backed by a good guarantee.
The Panasonic Envio range of air conditioners features electronic air cleaners that use a “patrol air sensor” to clean air as required. The cons are that the multi-split unit is only able to service up to two or three indoor units and the warranty is not up to the usual standard. Their Envio line is only available in Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
The Performance series is Energy Star qualified by meeting all energy-efficient guidelines with 18 seer performance, a two scroll compressor, “Weather-Armor” ultra protection during harsh weather conditions. A filter drier system protects the unit from moisture and keeps contaminants like mold at bay. With high and pressure switches, it requires 208 to 230 volts to run at full capacity.
Even though these units provide a higher seer number, there are several other devices that are considered to be more efficient. They are also not the most quiet systems available although the low 73 decibels will not overly bother inhabitants of the home when running.
Although it has a good 10 year limited warranty on parts, a lifetime warranty on the unit would have been a welcome extra. An additional labor warranty is optional.
The Fujitsu Air Conditioner range comes in heat pump as well as cool only models, and indoor units come in ceiling, high wall, cassette or console units. Wall units have branch-duct capabilities that allow for two ducts to be connected, providing 50% cooling up to 16 feet away. The fresh air capability improves air quality and the automatic four way swing enhances air circulation.
These units can only be purchased through local HVAC contractors.