Aircon is a costly purchase for many of us which can easily cost thousands of of dollars with each purchase. Constantly changing to a new air condition unit is not the way to go. Having worked with many contractors over a span of more than 10 years of owning an air conditioning, below are some tips which can be used as a guide line.
• Working with a reliable aircon contractor
The first step to owning an aircon unit that last a long time is the installation process. Many of us have probably heard from friends or experience the nightmare where within 3-6 months of a new aircon installation, the unit starts getting faulty. It is therefore important to hire a qualified contractor, with long history of experience, to survey and discuss how pipping are run before the actual installation.
• High quality copper pipes
Before making an aircon purchase, many of us tend to forget to ask the contractor what types of pipe they will be using. Many contractors, will by default, choose a cheaper alternative for their end to save cost. By understanding the this, we can discuss and request the contractors to use higher grade copper pipes.
The purpose of a thicker copper pipe is to able to withstand a higher operating pressure. The grade varies from the lowest SWG (standard working gauge) or G25 (0.51mm) to G21 (thickest). For HDB owners, the G23 (0.61mm) is usually recommended. If you have concealed piping, then G22 (0.71mm) is a better option.
• Higher-efficiency system
With a higher efficiency system, you will firstly need to understand the various type of compressors which will be able to support your home. With this understanding, you can choose the right time of compression for your air conditioning. Compressors usually come in 9000BTU to 24000BTU which would suit most hdb homes in singapore. It is always good to inform your contractor the number of aircon units you require to have and seek their advice on it.
For best electrical saving, it is advise that home owners choose a unit with higher star rating. These rating varies from model to brands and can make a significant saving when you receive your monthly electrical bills.
• Organize a yearly aircon maintenance
This is the most recommended way to keep your air conditioner in working for years. Having it checked at least once a year will ensure that problems associated with your aircon unit can be diagnosed early to prevent worsting of the situation. With your aircon system problem free, you can be sure your unit is healthy and is good to run for the years to come.
• Cleaning / Changing of air filters regularly
With the constant use of the aircon unit, it is strongly advisable to constantly clean / change your air filters. Air filters ensure that your aircon system can operate smoothly without blockage / choke from the dust accumulated over time. If air filters are block or choke, it will cause your system to run on a heavier load or in extreme cases, overheating.
• Fix any airflow problems
A smooth airflow ensures that air flows to the various system with little or minimum load. By getting your aircon servicing contractor look into the pipe once a year, you can be sure that any dust / dirt that is building up within the pipes, get cleared before blockage or choking happens.
• Clean regularly
All new air conditioning units purchase comes with a user guide on how to clean the unit. By following the instruction provided, cleaning can be done to increase the lifespan of your aircon unit. A broom or vacuum can be used in the process but care must be taken to avoid damaging the coil areas which are usual fragile.
With the above tips provide, you can start including it in your next home cleaning session.
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