For the perfect cool and comfortable living environment, you need a good aircon unit for your home. You need one that will give you the desired amount of temperature control while maintaining good air quality through proper filtration systems. With so many makes, models, and styles on the market, which one should you go for? Find out about the common types of airconds available in Singapore to make an educated choice:
1. Window Airconds
- Can be used immediately upon purchase and installation
- Simple to clean and maintain
- Does not use a lot of space
- Removable when not needed
- Might not fit all types of windows
- Can only cool a small area
- Can cause a security risks
Suitable for: Small rooms and spaces
Window airconds are simple, compact, and small with the cooling and blowing components built together in the unit. Air is drawn from the outside, cooled, and channelled into the room, while warm air from the inside is blown out. They are designed to cool a particular room and tend to be moderately-powered.
These units are easily fixed into your window without professional help, so it can be used immediately upon purchase and installation. They are also simple to clean and maintain, and can be removed easily when not needed. However, they tend to be noisier than other types of airconds, although most modern designs are quieter.
The downsides of window airconds are its relative inefficiency, as it takes up a lot of power to cool only a small area. Certain types of windows are also incompatible with window airconds. Additionally, your window space is occupied while using this unit, and because you need to keep your window open to fit a window aircon, you might be posing a security risk to your room.
2. Portable Airconds
- Easy to install and move around
- Easy to maintain and clean
- Can be stored when not in use
- Inefficient at cooling larger areas
- Takes up floor space and can get in the way
- Moderate cooling power
Suitable for: Small areas or individual rooms, areas where you need directed air conditioning
As its name suggests, portable airconds are compact and movable. They are designed to cool individual rooms or smaller spaces. This type of aircon works by blowing cooled air in and expelling warm air out a window or outlet through a single duct. Portable airconds are lower powered, silent and can be dehumidifying to the air it cools. They are also simple, easy to clean and maintain, and useful if you want a movable unit.
However, portable units can be expensive if you intend to cool larger areas. They are also less energy efficient than other types of airconds, and take up valuable foot space.
3. Split Aircond
- Easy to use, install, and care for
- Energy efficient and silent
- Comes with a variety of features such as allergen filtration systems
- Installation is permanent
- Initial cost can be expensive
- Maintenance can be troublesome
Suitable for: Individual rooms and areas in a small or medium-sized home
Popular in homes and small offices, this type of aircon has two separate components – the outdoor unit comprising of the compressor, condenser, and tubing or expansion coil, and the indoor unit that houses the cooling coil, blower, and filter. They are relatively affordable, energy efficient, and easy to install with the help of professional services. Modern designs also come with sophisticated filtration systems that eliminate allergens to give you fresh, clean air. As they are often placed out of the way and mounted on walls, split units also save you valuable foot space.
However, they do require consistent cleaning and care to ensure they function properly. While somewhat a hassle, you can do general maintenance on your own, although more complicated procedures – like replacing the coolant – should be left to professionals.
4. Central Airconds
- Relies on a centralised cooling system that is easy to reach and maintain
- Good for controlling the temperature in larger areas
- Silent and space-saving
- Cleaning and maintenance can be troublesome
- Inefficient and expensive for smaller areas
- Poses a health risk if not cleaned and cared for properly
Suitable for: Cooling or controlling temperature in a large area or multiple rooms at the same time
Central airconds are popular in shops, offices and larger houses. This type of aircon works by cooling air in a centralised location and circulating it through a system of vents and ducts. The entire cooling system is often housed in one place, often out of the way, and is easily accessible for cleaning and maintenance. However, the vents and ducts might be troublesome to clean, and improper cleaning could cause pathogens and allergens to build up.
Central airconds are suitable for you if you intend to cool large areas – or an entire building- at the same time. However, they can be costly to use and maintain as they are less efficient and controlling temperature than smaller split units.
Ultimately, the best aircond for you will be one that suits your budget and purposes. Proper use, maintenance, and care of your aircon will ensure that you have a long-lasting and efficient aircon for your home. If you need help with installing and servicing your aircond, reach out to one of the many experts on Kaodim.sg today!
written by Louisa Lee