Rome is a city that gets hot in the summer from a climatic point of view. It can easily reach 35 degrees with muggy and humid nights that make sleep difficult. For some years now, air conditioners have been saving the lives of Romans.
If you have a terrace we can mount the motor externally and connect it to the internal split. It is an operation that must be carried out by a certified professional in possession of an F-GAS license. How much does it cost to install an air conditioner? We got help from this company that installs air conditioners in Rome.
The price of a classic assembly, i.e. the engine on one side and the internal split on the other, costs 200 euros + VAT + the engine support brackets. In this case we have solved, we just have to worry about buying the air conditioner first.
How can those who don’t have a balcony do in Rome? They could fix the motor on the external facade if the condominium permits it and if there are no landscaping or architectural constraints. Unfortunately for those who are in the historic center it is more difficult, it is not possible to put the engine on the facade for obvious reasons.
In this case the solution is to buy a portable air conditioner, but the performances are lower than a fixed one. The reason is clear, the engine is smaller and it is internal. We manage with 400-500 euros and there is no need for assembly, we must be careful to make a hole in the window to connect the hot air exhaust pipe.
What features should an air conditioner have for our home? What kind of model to choose?
Monosplit or multisplit
Monosplit air conditioners are generally considered to be the most effective of all types of home air conditioners. They consist of two units, one of which is installed outside the house, the other inside.
In general, split system air conditioning units tend to be quieter, more powerful, and more efficient than portable alternatives. They are ideal for anyone looking to cool larger rooms or even an entire residence.
Mono-split air conditioners also tend to include additional features like built-in WiFi and motion sensors, which increase air quality and efficiency, respectively.
It’s important to have your split system installed by a professional, so factor these costs into your budget before making a purchase. As such, they are likely to be suitable only for homeowners.
Multisplit, dual or trial systems have a single motor that drives multiple internal splits. They are ideal for those who need to air-condition separate rooms or different environments. Each split can work independently from the others.
Capacity and efficiency
Air conditioning capacity is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU) and power output is measured in kW. Efficiency is also indicated by another index:
- EER in cooling
- COP in heating
The higher these values are, the more efficient the air conditioner is.
As a general rule, an air conditioner needs at least 80 watts of power per square foot in the room.
Reverse cycle air conditioners use two kW ratings: the first for cooling capacity (EER or SEER) and the second for heating (COP or SCOP).
Efficiency is established by determining the ratio of power input to cooling and heating capacity.
Sizing of the air conditioner
Your choice of air conditioner will depend on the size of the space you want to cool or heat. A self-contained unit is usually sufficient to cool one or two rooms between 30 and 40 square meters in size for a 12,000 BTU and between 15 and 30 square meters for a 9,000 BTU. But be careful, as we said before it also depends on the EER and COP parameters.
An air conditioner is a household appliance that draws a lot of electricity. At startup it may take up to 1000 watts for it to function, which, when it settles down, will absorb around 400-500 watts. It depends on the desired set temperature and how warm and spacious the room is.
Brands to choose
Daikin is the leader in the sector, the other Japanese ones from Fujitsu and Mitsubishi are also very good. Following the Korean Samsung and LG and a myriad of Chinese brands.