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Australia is home to a lot of people and a lot of different weather conditions. We see summer highs that are hot even on a global scale, and only seem to fluctuate between being hot, and intolerably hot.
Yet, despite being globally renowned for warm weather, it can get deceptively cold here too. While the nation’s average domestic low might be envy inducing for those based in much colder countries, you may nonetheless find yourself packing on the extra padding to see you through the nights and early mornings.
Surviving Australia’s volatile weather can be a daily struggle for some. As a homeowner and occupier, quality air-conditioning can be the difference between a sleepless night and good night’s rest. If you have rentals on the market, it could be the difference between a signed lease and all-year-round happy tenant, and an expired real estate listing with no prospective lodgers. Commercial properties with no air conditioning in the peak of Australian summer are almost guaranteed to lead to a loss of employee productivity; and may even cause customers to seek refuge from a nearby competitor!
Whether you’re in need of extra warmth to take the edge of a crisp winter’s evening, or you’re trying to survive the savage summer heat, we can all agree that effective air-conditioning is a must for those who call Australia home. So, if you’re considering installing an air-conditioning unit in a property that you own, here are all the need-to-knows that air-conditioning experts think you need to know…
You’ve done it! You’ve made the decision to invest in air-conditioning! Now it’s just a matter of making sure you have all the details planned – from product choice, to placement in your home.
It may all seem straightforward; just a matter of pointing at the one that seems to do all the things an air-conditioning unit ought to do and asking for it to be popped on the wall directly above your bed, but there is a little more to it than that.
So, instead of simply marching into your local store and stating that you’ll take the one with the buttons that make it blow hot or cold air at you, perhaps consider asking a few of the following questions:
- Which option is the most cost effective for you?
- Will the materials your home is made from impact on the installation process?
- How will it impact on the resale value of your home? Or, if you’re renting, do you have the necessary permissions to install an air conditioning unit?
- Where can you place it to ensure you make the most of your home’s natural airflow?
- How noisy is the system likely to be, and could that negatively impact upon your neighbours?
- How economical is it to run?
Installing air conditioning in your home can be an expensive undertaking, so the last thing you want to do is wait until it’s too late to realise that you could’ve done the whole thing a lot cheaper, more efficiently, or with fewer complications. Asking questions is a key part of ensuring that you won’t have any nasty surprises further down the line.
Do Your Research
Now that you’ve compiled a list of questions, what you’ll need to do next is figure out the answers. Research is a key part of decision-making, and it’s the best way to guarantee that you’re getting the best value for money, and committing to the option that is best for you.
Start your research on the Internet. Google is usually a reliable resource (just be wary of click-bait), and it can help you to navigate all of the jargon that you’ll encounter along the way. Gather all the information that you can on the different options that are available. Do you want split system air conditioning? What are the advantages and disadvantages of ducted air conditioning?
Customer testimonials are also a great resource, as they can offer great insights into different experiences people have had in the same situation. Generally, people who bother to submit their feedback online are doing so because their experience was either great, or it was awful; and, either way, what they have to say could be useful to you. Who knows? You might just be able to learn from somebody else’s mistake.
Call in the Experts
Eventually, you’ll need expert advice, and they’ll be able to put all the information that you’ve collected into context for you. Throughout your online crusade, you should’ve come across a few names of affordable and reputable air conditioning professionals in your area. It’s a good idea to call a selection of them to acquire quotes and get a general overview of their process. Once you’ve collated the data, you can compare quotes and go with the option that you think is best.
Remember, cheaper does not constitute better. Air conditioning is a long-term investment, and while the best air conditioning option might come with a bigger number on its price tag (bearing in mind that the most expensive option doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best option, either), it could still end up being the most cost effective option over all.
When it comes to air conditioning installation, do not attempt to cut costs by using an unlicensed tradesman. Should anything go wrong, you’ll end up having to pay a lot more to get it fixed than you would’ve if you’d just let the professionals do it in the first place and engage the possibility of voiding your manufacturer’s warranty. Furthermore, by handing the reigns over to the air conditioning experts, you can rest assured that they warrant their work and assist with any warranty issues that may arise.
If you’re considering installing an air-conditioning unit, you should talk to a member of H&H Air Conditioning’s professional team today and find out why they’re the best choice for air conditioning installation Brisbane wide.