Choosing The Right Air Conditioner For Your Apartment


January 18, 2019

To stay cool during the hot summer months in Dubai, your home needs a durable, and efficient air conditioner. With temperatures reaching, and even exceeding 45℃ at times, maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home is essential. If your home happens to be a rental property, then your tenant will prefer a cooling system that is strong and effective. The only question now might be, what type of air conditioning unit can provide the most comfort for my home, and future tenants, without costing a fortune? As with any major home purchase, there are several variables to weigh, such as quality, cost, longevity, size, noise level, and installation possibilities. The same goes for the purchase of an air conditioner. To make the decision process a little easier, here’s an outline discussing your options and factors to consider.

woman sits on chair in apartment and turns on air conditioner with remote control

Stay cool and comfortable in hot Dubai

Air Conditioner Types:

Split (Inverters)

When an air conditioner runs off an inverter, it means the compressor is always on. Since it’s always on, it will draw more or less power depending on two factors: the incoming air temperature and the thermostat setting. Therefore the power and speed of the compressor can respond and adjust properly. Compressors that use inverters are found in split air conditioners only.

Pros:

  • A compressor that uses an inverter makes the cooling process more economical and effective.
  • The compressor only works when it’s needed, which helps to reduce energy bills.
  • The temperature in the house remains consistent throughout the day.
  • If a home has solar panels, this device can be powered by the sun.
  • The noise level is very minimal.  

Cons:

  • There is a high upfront cost.
  • Repair and maintenance can be costly because repairs require a highly-skilled technician.
  • Replacement parts can be expensive.

Window

A window air conditioning device is intended to cool down one room of the house. It is fairly simple to install on your own and is relatively inexpensive. Though painfully inefficient in Dubai’s desert climate, you will still find window air conditioning units around the city.

Pros:

  • Affordable to maintain and repair.
  • Easy to install.
  • Usually, they are much smaller than other options.

Cons:

  • Meant for a small room only.
  • Can’t effectively cool down a large sized room.
  • It must be set up inside a window, which means the compressor is attached to the main air conditioning unit, making it much louder than other styles.
  • Uses a rotary compressor, rather than a compressor with an inverter.

Portable

A portable air conditioning unit is a self-contained system designed to cool a particular space in your home. Most come equipped with wheels which can help you move it from one room to the next when needed.

Pros:

  • Can be moved from one room to another with ease.
  • Doesn’t require installation.
  • Some only need to be connected to a power source in order to work. Others come with a window kit, that is designed to blow the hot air from inside the home, outside through the window opening.

Cons:

  • Can take up a considerable amount of floor space depending on how the room is furnished.
  • Not very effective at cooling rooms larger than 20 square meters.
  • Not as energy efficient as other air conditioners.
  • Uses a rotary compressor, rather than a compressor with an inverter.

Central air conditioning

Central air conditioning is very common in Dubai due to this cooling solution’s efficacy in keeping large living spaces cool throughout the year. The system works using supply and return tubes. Cold air is supplied to the home or apartment through tubes while warm air effectively gets sucked out.

Pros:

  • Consistent temperatures throughout the year.
  • Humidity and allergens are partially filtered out.

Cons:

  • Costly to install and operate.
  • Effectively needs to be built into the building, and hard to implement as a property upgrade.
  • Cost and time spent on unit maintenance.

Selecting the correct size is important

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Air conditioning units are measured in tons. The metric of tons in this scenario does not convey weight, but rather its cooling ability. A larger size unit means a larger expense, in regards to your energy bills. It can also mean more frequent maintenance. Most homes use anywhere from a 1-ton to a 5-ton air conditioner. Getting the right size for your home can help the unit run more optimally. In turn, the temperature in your home will be brought down, slowly and gradually, without overexerting energy.

If you end up buying something that is too large, it will inevitably find itself in the perpetual cycle of turning on, then off, then back on, then off again. Of course, this means more energy is being used, equaling more money and a constant change in temperature. Conversely, if you purchase a unit that is too small for your space, it will run in overdrive until it reaches the desired temperature set on your thermostat. A good rule of thumb is to buy a 1-ton air conditioner for a home that measures 46.5 square meters. For a home double that size, measuring 93 total square meters, a 2-ton air conditioner would be your optimal choice.

An air conditioner is just one of many decisions a homeowner or landlord must make to ensure the living space is pleasant. If a tenant is currently living inside your apartment, you might wonder about the energy consumption. You may even worry about maintenance if something goes wrong with the air conditioner during the height of summer. When you find yourself with these concerns, we can help. Blueground handles all maintenance on our property owners’ rental properties. As part of the property selection process, Blueground’s onboarding team considers your property’s air conditioning solution. If and when the unit needs a repair, the tenants can contact Blueground directly to dispatch a technician — all without tying up your time.


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