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What you need to know; an overview

When you are looking to cool your home you’ll want to look into getting an air-conditioning system. Getting an air conditioner is going to help keep your home at an even, cool temperature during the warm summer months. There are several things that you need to take into consideration when you’re looking for in air conditioner for your home.

The first thing you need to take into account is whether or not your home is going to be able to support an air conditioning system. Ensure that you have a sturdy enough window frame to support an air conditioner, electricity readily available and running water to your home that will be sufficient to support the air conditioners operation.

Another thing to look for in an air conditioning unit to for your home is the price of the unit itself. Air conditioners come in all sizes and styles and you want to find the right air conditioner for your home’s needs. It is highly recommended that you read as many customer reviews as possible in order to get a good perspective on your prospective unit and to learn all you can about different styles of air conditioners and choose the right unit for your application. GMC Aircon is rated as the no.1 cooling and heating company online – don’t just take out word for it though – check out what some of our happy customers have to say.

When you have settled on a unit that suits your home and your budget, then it’s time to get the installation sorted out. Installing air conditioners fairly simple as long as you have some help from a qualified technician that guarantees their workmanship.

You do not want to try and install an air conditioner on your own as you’ll likely find that it will cause an accident and lead to personal injury, or perhaps cause a short in the electrical system of the house. Choose the right technician to get the job done correctly the first time, the technicians should be qualified and experienced and come with plenty of positive feedback from past clients with testimonials and reviews on their work.

The evolution of air-conditioning and types of air-cons


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Air conditioners have gone through several changes over the decades. Even before a decade ago, air conditioners were considered as a luxury to be only accessed by the elite. A huge population stayed away from fitting an AC unit in their homes due to its high price and inefficient energy consumption. But things have changed largely over the last few years and today you can see many different models of air conditioning units and almost all households own a system. Prices have also come down considerably, making the technology accessible to average citizens. Advanced technological features are added to modern systems to make these devices ever more user-friendly and optimize their performance.

Today’s air conditioners are environmentally friendly and highly efficient when compared to their predecessors. The components of air-con units are the compressor, condenser coil, evaporator coil, and the metering devices. These components come together to offer cooling solutions in various capacities that can cool anything from a family home to a large commercial office park.

Central air conditioning systems are the most efficient type of air conditioners available, they can maintain a consistently cool temperature in a wide space. They are incredibly effective, silent in operation and offer the best cooling solution. However, not all homes require a complete solution and they may only require one of the rooms in the home, such as the bedroom to be cooled. In this case, look at a window mounted unit or a portable solution.

A split AC system basically contains three major parts. First is the outdoor unit, which can be fixed outside the walls. There is a compressor as well as condensing coils attached to this unit and these coils are filled with the refrigerants, usually Freon. When the fan blows the air over it, thermal energy is getting released and the Freon gas is getting cooled. The indoor-mounted unit also has coils and blower inside the furnace, and the air is getting circulated through the coil and send out through the ducts into the room. Check out our post on beating the summer heat.

Another comfortable option for homeowners to choose is portable air-con units. These are highly mobile and can be moved around to any room in the home. You can use it in your living room during the mornings and then move it into the bedroom at night. These units are becoming increasingly popular especially among individuals who live in rented flats and apartments. Portable air-con units are comparatively cheaper and are available in several different designs and brands. These air-cons are easy to maintain and come backed with warranty’s and service centers should you experience any operating issues with your portable air-con unit.

Another common air-conditioning system is the ductless air conditioner, also known as the mini split air-con. This air conditioner system works well in small rooms without any attics or overhead space. It’s a very great option for enclosed spaces as there is no need for pipes connecting to a box outside the window. The ductless mini split air-cons also have the same components as the split 3 air conditioning systems. The installation of these units is easy and they also have a near-silent operation with high reliability, demanding less maintenance and replacement of components over its operating lifespan.

All air-con systems still need to be properly maintained over their operating lifetimes to ensure their efficient operation and reduce the chances of the system breaking down and needing repairs that can be costly. A service center will be able to offer you a regular check up every season to make sure that your system is operating at maximum efficiency.

Getting started with air-conditioning

Air-conditioning units sell for many reasons and people are constantly always looking to upgrade to a bigger and better air conditioning unit for their home but what people fail to realize is that bigger is not always better when it comes to different Air-conditioning units.

When you are purchasing an Air-con unit, here’s a little bit more information on the air conditioning units and the size that you need to make sure that you’re not over purchasing capacity that you don’t need, or getting air-conditioner that is not going to work in the environment like you had planned.

The size of the airconditioning unit that you want to put into your home is an important factor in choosing the right air-con system. The bigger the unit, the bigger the area that you have to cool. When an air conditioning unit starts working it pulls the moisture out of the air in your home and exhausts it outside. This is why you need to ensure that you have proper exhaust ventilation to the outside of your home, your installation technician should be able to show you the right place for the unit to be installed.

If you decide to go with a central air-con, you are going to need to remember that you purchase a cover for the external unit for the winter season to prevent unnecessary environmental exposure to the unit. This is very important to remember when you have an outside air-conditioning unit.

Another factor that will determine the size of your air-conditioning unit, is how big of an area you need to keep cool. Speak to an air-con professional to get the best advice on the system that would best suit the size and design of your home.

Choosing the right brand


There are many different manufacturer brands of air-cons. Deciding on the right one for your home can be a daunting experience that can have many pitfalls. If your budget is tight, finding a reputable brand with a quality product may seem like an impossible task, but we assure you that you can find a solution to meet your cooling needs for your home.

The brand of a manufacturer that you decide to select should be researched before you commit to any purchase. Take some time to have a look online at potential systems and then look for their reviews from people that have purchased and are using the system. A good online retailer should have a good variety of brands with solid descriptions, specifications, and information on all of their systems and they should offer an option for you to call into their offices if you need further advice on your purchase decision.

Often you may find that the leading manufacturers may load the pricing of their products due to the reputation that they have in the market. Their brand presence and market share are prominent and they are viewed in the consumer’s eye as the top-of-mind choice. However, there are often lesser known manufacturer brands that still provide a quality product, that may even exceed the operating efficiency of more popular units.

Base your decision on facts and testimonials with a thorough review of the product you are interested in, it’s best to call around to a few dealers to get their thoughts on the products and solutions that they offer and then compare their impressions on the products you are interested in.

Another great strategy for purchasing an air-con system is to purchase technology that has been on the market for a few years already. This is a great idea because you can search for more past reviews and often, you will find that dealers are willing to drop their price in order to move the older models and make room for new stock that has just been released. This means you can get a good deal on a trusted system.

How air-cons can improve your health and quality of life


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Air-cons offer a clean air solution for those people that suffer from allergies and other breathing disorders such as asthma. Mold, animal dander, and pollen can cause violent allergic reactions or respiratory problems. Air-conditioning reduces the humidity in the air that is the cause of mold and damp, as well as an ideal breeding ground for parasites such as dust mites and other viral pathogens that consider this an ideal environment to thrive in and it is these conditions that make for a living nightmare to anyone with asthma or allergies.

Asthmatics are very sensitive to environmental air changes and can instantly feel a drop in air quality. Using an air-con system inside your home can help your regulate a cool even, dry climate as well as filter the air of any debris or pollen that may upset your condition. To ensure that you get years of clean air living, ensure that your unit is regularly maintained by professionals so that you never have to worry about an unclean air-environment.

Portable aircons


Portable aircons, free-standing air-con units are an ideal, mobile solution for your cooling needs. They come in a variety of capacities and manufacturer brands, here are some tips for selecting the right unit for your application.

Portable air-cons are great in their versatility; they are easily moved from room to room in the house allowing you to control the temperature wherever you are. They offer quiet operation that has noise levels comparable to a low drone below 45 decibels, which is about the same volume as a whispered conversation.

Cooling power is a critical specification to take into account when you purchase your portable unit. Portable units are measured in British Thermal Units or BTU’s. This output must match the size of the room that you are in need of cooling, failure to get the right sized unit may result in ineffective cooling of the room.


Factoring in price

Pricing is important for your new air-con system, whether you decide on a central, whole home system, or are looking at a portable unit, the price of the unit may be the final deciding factor on what brand and size of unit that you decide on. You need to focus on finding the best value for money air-con solution for your home that has a balance between, reliability, efficiency and cost.

Your best option is to call your local dealer and get some advice on a system for your home. A good consultant will be able to understand your situation and offer you the best solution in terms of operations and price.

When you have all of the knowledge of the products on hand, you will be in a position to make an informed purchase decision on the right air-con system for your home that meets your needs and your budget.

Still need help?


No problem at all. You can get in touch with one of the friendly GMC Aircon team here and we’ll be more than happy to help. You can even request a callback from us and we’ll be in touch a.s.a.p.

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GMC Airconditioning was established in 1995, with our core business of importing and distribution of Air conditioning, Air Coolers, Air Purifiers, Dehumidifiers and Heat pump equipment within Southern Africa. Our head office and main warehouse based in Centurion – Pretoria, with warehouses in KZN, Western Cape, Orange Free State, East London and Windhoek Namibia. Our reputation for reliability, expertise and the highest ethical standards has made us the countrywide leader in South Africa. We are the no.1 rated cooling and heating company online.

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