At the heart of a comfortable home or work space is an efficient air conditioning setup to keep things cool indoors when it gets hot outside in summer.

Cooling the interior of any building effectively takes a lot of advance planning, so this is the part of the website that looks at the many different aspects of maintaining a comfy interior space while keeping functionality, economics and aesthetics in mind.

Most people already know that air conditioners tend to consume a lot of energy to do their job. With rising energy costs becoming a major issue for many folks, it makes sense to plan for the most economical solution for your home or office.

The Economy of Air Conditioning

It's fairly obvious the two entities "economy" and "air conditioner" don't really belong together in the same sentence!

However, it is possible to put together a system that can keep the inside of a building at a comfortable temperature throughout the year that doesn't have to cost a small fortune to run.

The trick is in planning a system around the family or business budget rather than planning the budget around the system. By that I mean doing all the necessary homework to see where running costs can be minimized before installing any AC or HVAC system.

For example, many family homes are only partially in use for most of the time with several rooms remaining unoccupied at certain times of the day or night. This information can be applied to an economical running plan so that the only rooms that are actively cooled are those being used by the occupants at any given time.

Keeping Costs Down

This can cut the running costs of a big AC system by a large percentage because you end up not having to pay to keep unoccupied rooms cool, while maintaining a comfortable climate in those rooms that are occupied.

At the heart of an intelligent system such as this would be a multi-functional controller or "brain" that is pre-programmed to follow a family's room occupation habits.

This is perfect for normal day to day running times, while individual room controllers can enable occasional users to turn on and off the AC in each individual room if it's going to be used for any length of time. As long as the family members are made aware of the importance of turning off a unit when they leave the room, this can save a big chunk of the energy budget.

There is also a case for opting for smaller, individual units where it is not economically feasible to install a larger system in, for example a small apartment. Sometimes there are limitations of where fixed units can be sited so the kind of portable air conditioner without an exhaust vent such as a swamp (evaporative) cooler in areas of low humidity, or even a regular portable AC that can be vented out a convenient window using a special attachment kit that most models come with these days.

Choosing the Right System

Each building has its own individual characteristics and these can be used to great advantage when planning an AC installation. Some buildings are better served by certain systems and layouts while others fare better with other installations.

An expert technician can determine the best way to plan your home or work space with the right system to suit its individual idiosyncrasies. This will mean getting every last drop of efficiency out of the proposed system and could end up saving you a lot of money cumulatively just by getting it right at the outset.

More Information

There is a lot to know about what air conditioning is and how it works as well as the different layouts that are available. In the sub-articles in this section, you'll be able to get more detailed information on all these aspects if you're interested in knowing more about it.

Links to the articles are in the navigation bar at top of this page.