Why You Should Consider a Smart Air Conditioning System
If you are considering purchasing a ducted air conditioning system, here’s why you absolutely should consider a smart air conditioning control system with your investment – and the reasons behind this may surprise you.
A ducted air-conditioning system is a big ticket item to purchase for your home. Its up there with the swimming pool or the new car, that kind of territory. Naturally, you expect your purchase to keep you comfortable and to last a long time, and perhaps you also hope rather than expect that you won’t need to moonlight as a gig worker to pay the power bill once the kids want it running all day all night too.
These three points around reliability, running costs and comfort are key three considerations when purchasing a ducted air conditioning system, yet are often overlooked. This is where smart air-conditioning systems come into play.
While people might say that a key decision criteria in their air conditioning purchase is energy efficiency, it’s time for most of us to fess up to the fact that while it features as a criteria, the real reason we are buying air conditioning is to be comfortable. The more expensive the air conditioner, the more comfortable we expect to be, hence, if we buy a single room portable air conditioner we can put up with some rudimentary if not non-existent temperature control, along with putting ear-muffs on before attempting to sleep in the same room as said air conditioner. At the other end of the scale the ducted air conditioning purchase comes with a significant expectation of superior quality and comfort, lets explore this further.
If there was one light switch in your hallway that simultaneously turned on or off every light in your home at the same time, I imagine you would say that is ridiculous, or some cuss words to a similar effect. This is how non smart air conditioning systems work – a single thermostat in your hallway, by which the whole system is controlled. Cold in some rooms, hot in others. A smart air conditioning system will incorporate a temperature sensor in each room of your home, to help you maintain the right level of comfort in each room you are conditioning. By not over-conditioning some rooms, you are helping re-direct the conditioning where its needed, so that you reach your comfort level sooner and hence save on your running costs – phew, gig economy 2nd job avoided.
But what if I told you (well, you know Im going to hey) that not all temperature sensors are created equal? If you are considering a smart air conditioning system you will want to know that your sensors are reliable. See, most of these room sensors these days are wireless, yes, that old chestnut. You will want to know what kind of signal these sensors send, or what language they speak. You will also want to know how often they communicate. True smart air conditioning control systems use robust communication means such as radio frequency (RF), and will communicate at least once per minute. Less robust methods of communication will cause missed signals, and long time delays between signals will cause discomfort, noticeable discomfort, like I-didn’t-get-what-I-paid-for kind of discomfort.
So it is evident that not all smart air conditioning control systems are created equally. So what else should you be looking for? Well since buying a ducted air conditioning system can be considered in a similar category to buying a car, lets use some car terminology and some knowns about the car industry in Australia.
Questions to ask before making a purchase
Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux are some of Australia’s most popular cars, yet other brands really struggle. Neither Toyota Hilux nor Ford Ranger are the cheapest in their category, so there’s quite a big clue there. Both these vehicles are manufactured by organisations that have been around for a long time. They have a reputation for great design, excellent build quality, strong reliability in the field, and a huge support network behind them when they need repairs. More or less same can be said for your smart air conditioning system, so you would want to be asking:
- Who is selling the system?
- Who designed the system?
- Who manufactured the system?
- Where was it produced?
- How long has that company(s) been around?
- How long have they been manufacturing smart control systems?
- What kind of backup support is offered, and by who?
You get the drift. Simply buying the cheapest won’t necessarily save you money, in fact, it may cost you money. What you are actually wanting to achieve is the lowest total cost of ownership, which is achieved through a combination of the initial purchase price, running costs, repair costs and time to replacement costs. A smart air conditioning system will save you running costs, a reputable smart air conditioning system will have less repairs and associated costs, and a longer time to replacement cost. Said reputable smart air conditioning control system will also give you the comfort that you expect relative to the size of your purchase, hence providing you with the feeling of value in your big ticket purchase.
About the author – Advantage Air designs, manufactures, distributes and supports the MyAir smart air conditioning control system. MyAir is the #1 choice of smart air conditioning control systems in Australia, including amongst Australia’s largest builders. MyAir has a reputation for reliability, ease of use and exceptional after sales support, so you can rest assured adding a MyAir to your ducted air conditioning system is a sound investment in your comfort and also your home.