- Posted by Air Conditioning Installers London
- On 13th March 2018
Home Air Conditioner Can Save You 75% On Your Energy Bills
Receiving bills never warrants a joyful reaction. It’s always a sigh or remark about how much your gas or electric bill is setting you back monthly or quarterly. But what if we told you, a home air conditioner could reduce your heating bill by 50%? Impossible you may be thinking, but we think otherwise. Home air conditioner systems are the answer.
Two words – Air Conditioning.
Over the years since air conditioning was created – way back in 1902, it has come on leaps and bounds. Significant enhancements in design and technology ultimately mean that air conditioning has become much more efficient and the overheads have reduced dramatically. Companies such as Daikin are considered the Rolex of Air Conditioning and are ever creating ways of saving energy, such as using inverters (which save 52% more energy!). Futuristic residential air conditioning designs and speed of delivery (usually installed in a single day) also give air conditioning the bragging rights many people believe it deserves.
The area of most concerns for people using home air conditioning for heating came down to the fact, that the heated air is more difficult to control as opposed to a traditional radiator. However, as mentioned before enhancements in technology, (especially airflow/vane technology) allow these issues to be bypassed or dealt with by being split into 2 factors: Unit/ system programming/ settings and strategic placements of indoor & outdoor units.
So how does a wall-mounted home air conditioner compare to a traditional gas radiator… Radiators have also developed over the years, maybe not as much or as fast as A/C but there have been improvements; sleeker designs, more cost-effective and more technologically inclined. Traditional radiators are better for singular rooms in a residential setting, however, a VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) system would be more effective in a commercial setting, as you can have different temperatures in multiple rooms. But there are still pros and cons of both heavyweight contenders…
- Reduced heating time for rooms
- Wall mounted units (take up considerably less space)
- Easily turned on and off
- No visual wires or piping
- Can be concealed in the ceiling
- Concealed units still work as effectively as units out in the open
- Best of both worlds, hot and cold air at the push of a button
- Can be set to shifts i.e keep the house cool or warm while you’re at work
- Increasing number of highly trained air conditioning contractors
Traditional radiator Pros
- Doesn’t make the air dry
- Easy to turn off by the knobs
- Cheaper and Easy to replace due to the sheer volume of radiators
- Good for drying laundry
- Dries laundry evenly
- No noise
- Easy to access if issues do occur (no ladder required)
- Can be remotely controlled via central heating apps
- Units have to be cleaned quarterly
- Can cause dry air
- Some people don’t like the look of a wall mounted unit
- Yearly servicing as opposed to no yearly servicing of traditional radiators
- Some models/ brands of A/C units produce faint noises
- If not installed properly can leak
Traditional radiator Cons
- Not always aesthetically pleasing
- Larger radiators take up more floor space
- Radiator covers obstruct heat therefore not cost efficient
- Not cost effective
- Visible pipework can be messy
- If not positioned correctly, heat is lost
- Cleaning the inside of a radiator is difficult
- Radiator pipes can become blocked
- Some radiators are too hot to touch
- Older radiators can produce noise
- If not installed properly can leak
A/C on the rise!
As time progresses, as do trends and ways things are done. Houses were traditionally built with radiators, as radiators were invented in 1872 – 30 years before A/C made its big debut. However, in recent years, statistics show that new developments in the UK and US are being completed with Home Air Conditioner units instead of the typical gas radiators.
Why you may ask? There are a couple reasons. Residential or Commercial Air conditioning installation is not as complex as installing a Gas powered radiator and the overall costs. An AC unit on average costs £900, and you can expect to pay £500 for a traditional radiator. However, A/C units can both heat and cool, plus annual savings on monthly or quarterly utility bills. Overall you could save large amounts of money by installing an A/C unit. So What would you go for – a home air conditioner, or a traditional central heating radiator?
At the end of the day, it will always come down to personal preference, but if statistics is what matters, there is and has been one winner for quite some time…