Best Air Conditioners Buying Guide

Shoppers have the problem of making choice. They are confronted with the dilemma

of what kind of product to buy. That is why we have created this guide to help our

shoppers in making the right buying choice from their stand-point.

Here are key factors to consider so as to buy the right Air-conditioners (AC)

One of the things to consider when you want to buy an Air Conditioner is size of

where you want to use the AC for. You need measure the room area and this in

turn will determine the capacity of the Air conditioner to use.

The larger the room space the more capacity required from the AC. This you can

take to any SPAR shop and get the determined specification.

Before you buy an air conditioner it is right to know the dimensions and size of the

space or building to be conditioned. A measure of the room area can help you

determine required air conditioners capacity.

The type of building may also determine the type of air conditioner you will buy.

Understand that different air conditioners have different cooling capacities. In your

calculation, consider If there’s no wall or door separating the space where you want to cool

from an adjoining room, ensure these factor is included in the calculation because the air

conditioner will have to cool that space as well.

Hence, to cool a building with a lot of rooms, it is recommended to use a central air

conditioner than buying lots of units of Windows or Split unit air conditioners. But

then This is very expensive.

If you consider using a floor standing AC, determine the space it will be mounted on.

Measure the maximum space allowed for the air conditioner so as to buy floor

standing air conditioners that can fit within the measured space.

Also, If it is Window AC you wish to buy, measure the dimension of the window.

Ensure that the dimension of the AC will fit into your window dimension with little or

no difficulty.

There are different types of air conditioners in the market today. You need to

determine the type of air conditioner that you need. The type of Air Conditioner can

be determined by the use.

There are four main types of Air Conditioners. These are

  1. Unit Air Conditioners

  2. Central Cooling System (Central Air Conditioners)

  3. Portable Air conditioner (Floor Air conditioner)

  4. Ceiling cassette air conditioners

Unit Air conditioners are self-contained. Once installed, it can operate independently.

These are the type of air conditioners you will usually see in homes.

Small and medium sized homes that do not need too many air conditioning points

use unit Air conditioners. They are more economical if few air conditioning points are


However, as the number of points required for cooling increase, the merits of a

remotely (or centrally) controlled cooling system become obvious.

In a Central cooling system, vents replace unit Air Conditioners. These vents are

then connected to a central cooling system. Central cooling systems are used in

larger houses.

If you live in a standard apartment or a small house, you will not be interested in a

central cooling air conditioning system.

Your interest will be on Unit Air Conditioners. Here are the different types of unit air


From the name, window Ac unit, it is mounted on windows. These air conditioner

models are usually cubic in shape, but are increasingly taking more attractive

shapes. They come in different capacities ranging from small to large 5,000

BTU (British thermal unit) which about 1.96Hp up to 12,000 BTU (4.72Hp)

Small Capacity window unit: Has capacity of 5,000 BTU-6,500 BTU. This

AC cools approximately 100 to 300 square feet. It the smallest, lightest and

least expensive.

Medium—Capacity windows unit: Ranges from 7,000 to 8,200 Btu. This Size

of AC cools approximately 250 to 400 square feet.

Large—Capacity window unit: Ranges from 9,800 to 12,500 Btu. This AC

cools between 350 and 650 square feet. Best for cooling a large room,

Price ranges from 55,000 Naira to 189,000 Naira. For latest models and prices of

Windows Air Conditioner visit any SPAR store nation wide.

Split Air conditioners came as a modification to the windows unit. They are called

split because its component is split into two. It has a part called the indoor unit and

the other part which is the out-door unit.

The two split parts are connected together by drilling a hole through the wall. Split

air conditioners allows the installation of air conditioning without blocking off your


Price for this units range from 65,000 Naira to 250,000 Naira. For latest models and

prices of Windows Air Conditioner visit any SPAR store nation wide.

Portable Air conditioners are intended for places in which window

configurations or building designs prevent installation of window units. The

portable air conditioners in our tests range from 9,000 to 15,500 BTU.

They need to be placed near a window or semi-outdoor location in order for the hot

air to be released out and away while the cool air is blown into the house.

The floor standing air conditioners (or portable air conditioners) models are mounted

on the floor. Though they are called portable air conditioners, they are actually


There portability is as a result of not being fixed (or attached) to a wall or window.

Their position can easily be changed at any time. Some may even come with wheels

to make movement easy.

Price for portable units range from 150,000 Naira to 1,900,000 Naira. For latest

models and prices of Split Air Conditioners, visit any SPAR store nation wide.

Most people do not know about this type of air conditioners. They are mounted on the ceiling with the vents facing the ground. From top, they can circulate air more efficiently.

Ceiling cassette air conditioners come in high capacities and are designed for larger rooms.

Due to its design nature and bulkiness, they require expert installation. The duct from the air conditioner has to be run through the wall to the condenser unit located outside.

Capacities can range from 18,000 BTU to 55,000 BTU.

After knowing the room space size, you need to determine the capacity of Air

conditioner to efficiently and effectively cool and condition the required space.

An air conditioner with a larger capacity used for a small space will cool it’s target

space too soon leading to intermittent on/off switching of the AC. This has negative

wear and tear on the AC parts.

If you use a small Air conditioner of lower capacity to cool a larger space than

required, such AC will struggle to cool the space.

In addition a big air conditioner will consume more electricity than required

unnecessarily increasing your energy bill.

Some capacity ratings used for air conditioners include Btu (British thermal unit) and

Horse Power (hp).

BTU is a measure of the quantity of heat that an AC can remove from a given space.

The higher the Btu capacity of an air conditioner, the stronger it is. Btu capacity of

air conditioners, ranges from 5000 BTU to more than 90,000 BTU.

Btu may be popular in countries like in the United Kingdom, but in Nigeria it is

Horse-power that is used to describe air conditioners capacity.

The hp rating of an air conditioning system is about the power of the compressor of

the AC. The more powerful the compressor of an air conditioner, the greater its

capacity to cool (or remove heat from) a given space.

Popular air conditioner HP capacities in Nigeria are 1 hp (~2,500 BTU/h), 1.5 hp

(~3,900 BTU/h) and 2 hp (~5,000 BTU/h).

There are a number of recommendations for determining the air conditioner Btu or

hp capacity required.

A small room of about 12 square meters (130 square feet) or less requires about

2,500 Btu/hour or 1 hp.

A medium sized room of about 18 square meters (200 square feet) or less will

require about 3,900 Btu/hour or 1.5 hp.

A large room of about 30 square meters (325 square feet) or less will require

between 5,000 and 8000 Btu/hour or 2 HP.

It is important to ensure that the AC you intend to buy conform to local electrical

standard. One of the most important power ratings is the Voltage supply.

In Nigeria and most African country the voltage supply is 220-250V, 50Hz.

Other countries like Uk have power supply voltage rating of 110-115V, 60Hz.

Some air conditioners are smart enough to sense the voltage level and can operate

over a wide range of voltage (say 90-250v).

There are numerous brands of Air Conditioners in the world and how popular they

are varies from country to country. Here in Nigeria, we got brands like Midea, Haier

Thermocool, LG, Hisense, Scanfrost, TCL, Panasonic, Kingsmen, Chigo, Scanfrost,

Samsung, Kenstar, Sharp, Restpoint, Solstar, Chigo, Bruhm, Airflow, Carrier, Gree

and so on

Here are some other features to consider in air conditioners

  • Bacteria/germ/odour elimination (clean safe air): example Silver Nano from Samsung, Nano Titanium from Hitachi

  • Remote Control

  • Adjustable thermostat

  • Variable Fan speed

  • Slide out filter: for easy maintenance and cleaning

  • Digital temperature control

  • Sleep settings

  • Adjustable Louvers

Price is always a dominating factor to buying anything in life. Prices of air

conditioners increase as capacity and number of features increase. SPAR offers Air-

conditioning units at price options available to you.

At SPAR, we offer excellent after sales services. SPAR also offer payEasy scheme

that can help you secure any AC of your choice and pay small small at your own


Whenever you want to buy Ac, make sure it is from an authorized air conditioner

dealer shop. Authorized AC dealers deal directly with air conditioner manufacturers

and will often offer you a one to three years warranty.

That is why SPAR will be a very good place for your Air conditioning shopping. Feel

free to stop by at any of our stores and be assured of the best product.

The warranty often involves repair or outright replacement of the air conditioner if it

develops any fault during the tenor of the warranty.

Note ”The fault must not be as a result of your carelessness or abuse.”

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