With the cold weather and snow blanketing the UK in winter, it might be hard for you to air out your home without spending a fortune on heating the home back up. This can become a nightmare for anyone with allergies, as with time the air in your home will become stuffy and stagnant, accumulating more carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Increased levels of dust also gather on your shelves and exacerbate and worsen your allergies. So, With the winter season edging closer to us every day, what can we do to air our homes, heat them and improve our health? The answer lies in air conditioning!
How can I air out my home in the winter without freezing?
Fresh air in your home is important, but how do you get it in the dead of winter without inviting a cold draft and running your heating bills through the roof? If you own a gas boiler and radiators, there isn’t much you can do, as unfortunately, boilers don’t purify the air and in fact, create a lot of waste products in terms of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, increasing your carbon footprint. With a boiler, you certainly would have to open your doors or windows to let some fresh air into your home, resulting in a drastic drop in your room temperature. This can be avoided with air conditioning, both ducted and split systems, as the inside air conditioning unit contain a filter that extracts bacteria and pollutants such as dust and carbon dioxide, leaving your home with nothing but pure air.
If you are thinking to yourself “well I need my home to stay warm when I go in and out of the house every day, and air conditioning won’t provide that” think again. Most air conditioning systems on the market have the ability to cool, as well as heat the home thanks to the ultra-efficient heat pumps that air conditioners use. Air conditioning will make it easier than ever to have complete climate control around your home, whatever the weather, not just in the winter!
Does Air Conditioning Help With Allergies?
Air Conditioning comes with the benefit of climate control in your home, be it the temperature of your home, the air quality and even the humidity of any room. If you’re more prone to having an allergic reaction to dust than other people, then the filters inside of the air conditioning will help lessen the dust count of your home. This also applies to outside allergens such as pollen, which will get extracted by the AC filter as they make their way into your home through any open doors or windows of your home.
Controlling the humidity is also very important for sufferers of asthma, who are prone to breathing difficulties when in a humid room. Humid rooms will also contribute to mould and mildew growing on the walls, which not only makes your house unattractive but is also hazardous not only for asthmatics but anybody with allergies. Air conditioning can make all of this go away, vastly improving air quality around your home.
Is Air Conditioning Expensive?
Here at Direct, we know electricity is expensive, and you’re probably thinking that air conditioning will double if not triple your bills, as opposed to a gas boiler. However, before trying to calculate your regular gas daily usage and converting it into an electricity tariff, we have to consider the efficiency between gas boilers and air conditioners. One of the greatest things about air conditioning units is that their primary heating and cooling component is a heat pump! Heat pumps are extremely efficient, with a Coefficient Of Performance (COP) which is usually a lot higher than most gas boilers. A COP is the standard measure of heat and energy exchanges, with the simplest explanation being a measure of how much energy you put into a system, versus how much energy you get out of it.
In terms of efficiency, most gas boilers have an efficiency of 0.9, meaning for every kilowatt of energy you put into it, you only get 0.9 kilowatts of energy out. This is a 10% loss of energy when heating your home, which will add up over time!
At the same time, most air conditioning units have an efficiency ratio of 3, which means that for every kilowatt of energy you put in, you get 3 kilowatts of energy out! This is a substantial efficiency improvement, with some of our units having an efficiency ratio as high as 5, which means it takes over 5x less time to heat your home than you would with a gas boiler! This potentially means some serious savings for you or your home.
So, if you’re thinking of investing in air conditioning, as well as improving your health at the same time, call us today! Get the best for less, only at Direct Air Conditioning!