When it comes to internal air conditioning there are a few myths and misconceptions that we wanted to address so that you can install and operate your AC with confidence.
Myth #1: Running Costs Are Expensive
Modern units have been designed and optimized for efficiency. Internal water-cooled systems are highly energy efficient thanks to new inverter technology. Our Parkair systems feature A+++ energy rating and reduced water consumption, making running costs as affordable as possible.
In terms of power consumption, the average air conditioning unit uses a little more electricity than the average household fridge. In terms of water consumption, costs will depend on the size of the unit, usage, and what you pay for your water.
Myth #2: AC Maintenance Doesn’t Effect Performance
Regular maintenance and servicing is essential to keep your air conditioning system running at maximum capacity. The efficiency of your system will affect your running costs. It is recommended that you service your AC system at least once a year to avoid any unnecessary breakdowns and malfunctions. This will allow you to maximise the lifespan of your system, as well as, save you money on repairs and running costs.
A typical maintenance visit will ensure that your system is compliant with UK law and warranty guidelines. Your system will also get a much-needed clean. This will ensure that all components are functioning at maximum capacity.
Myth #3: Internal Condensers Are Intrusive And Will Take Up A Lot Of Space
Contrary to what some may assume, internal condensers are compact and discreet. Our installation engineers hide the internal water-cooled condenser units in a concealed space such as a hallway cupboard or under the kitchen sink. This means that you do not need to compromise on the visual aesthetic of the interior of your home. The internal condenser is plumbed into your mains water supply and uses water with an inlet and outlet pipe.
Myth #4: Turning The AC Off When You’re Not Home Saves Energy
This is only true if you are away from home for an extended period of time such as a holiday. In other instances, such as going to work for the day, it is more efficient to leave the AC running at a couple of degrees lower or higher than your ideal temperature. This is because otherwise, the system would have to work much harder to reach your set temperature when turned back on at the end of the day. This will use more energy, therefore increasing your energy costs.
Myth #5: Air Conditioning Is Bad For Your Health/Can Make You Sick
Air conditioners actually have many benefits that promote a healthy living environment. They are known to improve indoor air quality. AC systems filter pollutants and allergens such as dust and pollen from the air. In addition, they are great at regulating humidity levels in your home. High humidity levels can lead to damp and mold which can cause a variety of health issues, especially for those with existing respiratory conditions.
Myth #6: Air Conditioning Is Not Safe For Pets Or Children
As it stands, there is no reason to suggest that air conditioning is not safe for pets or children. In fact, there are many great benefits. When temperatures start to rise in the summer months, air conditioning is an efficient way to prevent overheating or heat stress. It will also help to prevent dehydration. This way you can go to work on a hot summer’s day and rest assured that you’re pets are kept cool and safe.
In addition, air conditioning help keep pets and young children safe, especially if you live in a city-based apartment. It will also mean that less outdoor pollution will enter your home which creates a safe and healthy living environment.
Myth #7: Bigger Systems Are More Effective
If you install a unit that is too big for the space, you will always be using more energy than you need to produce the same results. This will make your running costs much higher than they need to be.