Cooling 1 December 2021

Keeping Your Cool This Kiwi Summer

How air conditioning impacts humidity.

The goal of your air conditioning system throughout summer is to ensure that your home is cool and comfortable, especially when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. But temperature is just one part of the comfort equation – humidity is the other.

Did you know that your air conditioner is a dehumidifier as well?

By combining dehumidification with cooling, air conditioners are the double-whammy in helping to create a more comfortable home environment. In fact, the world’s very first air conditioner was created for just that purpose, dehumidifying – cooling just happened to be a bonus!

Air conditioners contain all the same components you’ll find in a dehumidifier – both use a compressor, condenser, fans and most importantly, an evaporator. Some systems, like the Rinnai Q Series and the Rinnai Ducted System, even come with the option to run them solely in dehumidifier mode.

The importance of having the right-fit solution for your home.

Bigger isn’t always better in air conditioning installation.

It is a common assumption that bigger is better – a bigger car, a larger TV, a larger phone screen, and this is an attitude that can also extend to air conditioning installation.

The most important factor when it comes to home comfort is ensuring the air conditioning system designed for your home is the right-fit solution – in size and design.

Not only can a system that’s too big and powerful waste power, but it can also, counter-intuitively, increase the level of humidity within your space.

An important factor of dehumidifying your home lies with your air conditioner’s ability to operate at a normal length-cycle - a system that’s too powerful operates at shorter cycles impeding the system’s ability to properly dehumidify your space.

Conversely, a system that’s underpowered is going to struggle to supply your home with adequate cooling, as it simply won’t have the capacity needed and as a result, your system will run longer and work harder to provide the same level of cooling.

This results in increased energy consumption and that equates to a larger electricity bill  - and no one wants that! 

Another common problem of an undersized unit, and one stemming from the increased and constant load the system is accelerated wear and tear resulting in the need to replace the system in a much shorter time frame than its life-cycle expectancy.

How to find the ‘just right’ solution for your unique space.

Which one’s right for you?

You may have a pretty clear idea, and preference, of which type of system you would like for your home -based on considerations such as space, aesthetics, or regionality. But there are many other factors that need to be considered to ensure the absolute best outcome for your family’s comfort.

Rinnai work with an accredited dealer and installation network across New Zealand that will come out to your home to work with you to design the perfect solution for you and your family’s needs.

The design and specify process considers such things as how many spaces you would like to cool, room volume, insulation quality, windows and their placement, sunlight and the orientation of your home.

Another key factor when designing an air conditioning system is accommodating for the way you and your family live in the space.

Fun fact - humans radiate heat and an average male gives off 100-120 watts of heat energy while at rest… so as you can see there is much to consider. We recommend having a chat to the experts to ensure many years of comfort for you and those special humans in your life.

When the weather turns, turn to someone you can trust. Rinnai Air Conditioning.

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