Buying Guide: Air Conditioner and Ceiling Fans for Queensland Summer

Queensland's summer is definitely approaching, with Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicting a summer full of showers with a high temperature of 29-32 degrees.
Forecast showers and high degrees mean humidity will be unforgiving throughout the holiday season - beat the heat by making sure your air conditioner and ceiling fans are all working!

Air Conditioning and Ceiling Fans

Both devices are extremely popular during summer to make you feel comfortable. Fans are known for creating a cool breeze by spinning in a counterclockwise direction while air conditioning units (AC) bring down the temperature of a room to create a cool environment. Algester Electrical shares a few considerations that you need to focus on for maximum comfort during the summer heat. 

Choosing the Right Air Conditioner

1. Type: There are several types which include split-system, multi-split, ducted and wall/window air conditioners. You need to consider the size of the area you want to install it for before choosing any of them. As each situation is unique, consult your local electrician who can provide you with a thorough explanation of the system that suits you best.
2. Capacity: This ranges from the 2.5kW model to 6kW (or more). There are several factors to consider before selecting what capacity would be most suitable - room size, room type, windows and glass door sizes, local climate and much more.
3. Noise: You need to check an AC's noise level before purchasing it. Some have a quiet mode for indoor and sometimes outdoor units. However, it would reduce the airflow or cooling effect. Bear in mind, having a noisy indoor unit can disturb you while a noisy outdoor unit could put you in trouble if your local councils have noise restriction.

Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan

1. Size: The size of your room determines the size of the ceiling fan to be installed to get maximum comfort. If the fan is too big for the room, it could cause discomfort in terms of noise, performance and appearance.
2. Blade Material: Materials like stainless steel, wood (plywood, timber or MDF), plastic or aluminium are used to make fan blades. Plastic or wooden blades are quieter which make them preferable for many consumers.
3. Ceiling Height: Usually, the required minimum ceiling height should be 2.1m to 2.4m for the fan to perform well. A higher ceiling would require you to get an extension rod so it can be lowered to an optimal level.
4. Balance Kit: For a fan to perform efficiently, it should not wobble. The balance kit should be available to correct this - ensure you ask your electrician to make sure your fan will function smoothly post-installation.

After going through the above considerations, it is highly recommended that you consult a qualified electrician for wiring of ceiling fans with proper licenses related to Refrigeration for air conditioners. Having an expert electrician to assist with installation of air conditioning units and ceiling fans will help you save time and money due to the experience and expertise the electrician possess. It is also another option to seek the electrician's advise regarding the most suitable option for your room. 
Algester Electrical is an accredited Master Electrician with license from the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC). Contact us today to discuss your requirements for a comfortable and relaxing Queensland summer.

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