How To Choose The Right Air Conditioning for Your Caravan


Going on a caravan holiday is one of the best ways to explore the beautiful English countryside. But being stuck in a stuffy, sweltering caravan can quickly ruin your dream getaway. The solution? Invest in a high-quality air conditioning system tailored for caravans.

At Ellis Refrigeration in Blandford Forum, Dorset, we’re the local experts in keeping caravans and motorhomes cool and comfortable all season long. Here are our top tips for choosing the ideal air con for your caravan.

Sizing is Key

Getting the right sized air conditioning unit is crucial for caravan owners. An undersized unit will struggle to cool the space, leaving you feeling hot and sticky. On the other hand, an oversized unit will cycle on and off constantly, wasting energy and money.

The size you need depends on the floor area of your caravan. As a rough guide, you’ll want around 5,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) for every 150 square feet. But there are other factors that can impact the ideal sizing, such as:

  • Window area and sun exposure
  • Ceiling height
  • Number of heat-generating appliances
  • Insulation levels

That’s why it’s best to have a professional calculate the cooling load and recommend the perfectly sized unit. At Ellis Refrigeration, our experienced team can assess your exact requirements.

Consider Efficiency Ratings

Air conditioning units come with energy efficiency ratings that estimate their annual power consumption and running costs. The most efficient models will be rated A+++ on the EU label.

Choosing an A+++ rated unit over a lower G-rated one can slash your electricity usage by over 60%. That translates into hundreds of pounds saved over the 10-15 year expected lifespan of your air con.

While more efficient units have higher upfront costs, they can pay for themselves through lower energy bills. Many customers find that an A+++ model recoups the extra installation cost in just 3-5 years of use.

Install It Properly

Even the highest quality, most efficient air conditioning unit won’t perform as it should if installed incorrectly. Ensuring your system is sized and installed properly is key.

At Ellis Refrigeration, our fully qualified engineers follow best practice installation methods, including:

  • Precise calculation of the cooling load and unit size
  • Optimal positioning of the indoor and outdoor units for maximum airflow
  • Proper venting, drainage, and weather sealing
  • Comprehensive testing to ensure everything is working correctly

With our workmanship guarantee, you can rest assured your new air con will run reliably and efficiently for years to come.

The Benefits of Upgrading

If you’ve been putting off installing air conditioning in your caravan, this could be the year to take the plunge. Today’s models are more energy efficient, quieter, and loaded with helpful features compared to systems from just 5-10 years ago.

Having air con in your caravan provides some excellent benefits that can enhance your overall caravanning experience, such as:

  • Stay cool and comfortable, even during heat waves
  • Reduce humidity, dampness, and mustiness inside
  • Filter out dust, pollens, and odours
  • Heat the space when camping in chillier weather
  • Reduce strain on existing power sources
  • Increase resale value of your caravan

But perhaps the biggest benefit is being able to relax and enjoy your holiday without suffering through hot, sticky conditions that can put a real damper on things.

Don’t Wait to Beat the Heat

As the weather heats up, many caravan owners find themselves regretting not installing air conditioning sooner. Don’t make the same mistake this year.

Call the experts at Ellis Refrigeration on 07553 138399 today to schedule a consultation. We’ll review your caravan’s layout and your cooling needs to recommend the perfect air con system.

Our team will then handle all aspects of the installation process with care and precision at our location in Blandford Forum, Dorset. In no time at all, you’ll be relaxing in refreshing, conditioned air while caravanning across the UK.

Don’t let the warmer temperatures ruin your caravanning holidays this summer!