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With hundreds of air conditioner brands to choose from, you’ll need to be aware that not all brands are well supported in Australia. When it comes to choosing an air conditioner, we recommend that you select brand name equipment from a company that has…read more (collapse info below):
1. An Australian based corporate office
2. An Australian based back up and service facility
3. An Australian manufacturing facility
Why is this important? Dealing with a local company means you can access the necessary support structure to replace or repair your air conditioning systems, and quickly, in the event of malfunctioning or faulty equipment.
Whether you’re heating or cooling one room, multiple areas or the whole house, building a new home or renovating, there is a comprehensive range of air conditioners available in the market that can do the job. The challenge is to find the perfect solution for your home that ticks all the boxes when it comes to durability & reliability, energy efficiency, visual appeal, noise level and most importantly, your budget.
The traditional Room Air Condition (RAC) is the box in the window or wall where the entire system is contained within one package. They are easily fitted to windows or openings made through the brick or timber walls to provide rapid low cost solution. By comparison now days the packaged room air conditioner tends to be noisy, unsightly and is rarely installed, for home applications. Known as an “RAC” they can be cooling-only or reverse cycle (heating and cooling).
From the package Room Air Conditioner, the Split System evolved where simply the packaged system was cut in half with the indoor fan and coil being mounted on the wall inside. The compressor and outdoor condensing coil is mounted in a larger more slim-line housing that can be installed often many meters away from the indoor coil, therefore providing a split system solution.
Split air conditioning systems are ideal for heating or cooling one room or area of your home. They are compact in size, and are more energy efficient with the newer models being less noisy than ever. Split systems comes in a range of discreet wall-mounted or compact floor standing units designed to blend into your home. The advantage of Split Systems is they are a lot more flexible on their installation options, as well as being a lot more discreet to the aesthetic features of the outside of the home.
Most Split systems come in either ‘Cooling Only’ or ‘Reverse Cycle’ (Heating and Cooling), and offer many extra features, such as remote control options, timer, humidity control etc. allowing you to obtain the ideal conditions all year round.
Split Systems are the preferred choice for most room air conditioning solutions.
Multi-Split Air Conditioning Systems can heat or cool 2 – 9 separate rooms yet allowing individual control of the air conditioning in each room. Multi-Split systems are ideal for houses with limited space for ducting, and this solution not only optimises comfort but saves on running costs by only heating or cooling rooms as required. However it’s worth bearing in mind that the cost of the Multi Split System is almost identical to providing separate solutions for each room. Most Multi-Split air conditioning systems are available in reverse cycle (heating and cooling) and cooling-only models.
A Ducted air conditioning system is the complete home solution providing climate-controlled comfort throughout your entire home all year round. It allows you to heat or cool your whole house 24 hours a day, or you can select the room you wish to air condition thereby saving on running costs e.g. living rooms during the day and bedrooms at night.
Ducted systems can be installed in a new home or tailored to suit an existing one. The indoor unit is located within the ceiling or under the floor, with flexible ducting distributing conditioned air through vents located in chosen areas throughout the house. The condensing unit is located outside the house so this solution is visually less intrusive compared to the Split or Multi-Split systems. Most of the leading air conditioning system manufacturers offer a range of MEPS compliant systems, meaning they comply with the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MPES) stipulated by the government.
A fully ducted air conditioning system is perceived as more than an investment in your family’s comfort, it’s an investment in the value and prestige of your home.
An Inverter is used to control and vary the speed of the compressor motor, similar to a car. It simply slows down and speeds up as needed to hold a selected comfort setting.
Inverter technology provides a more precise room temperature by continuously regulating the temperature, without the temperature fluctuations of fixed speed air conditioning systems. The increased efficiency in contraction to traditional air conditioners makes the inverter systems quieter, with lower operating cost. Moreover, by regulating the temperature continuously and eliminating the sharp fluctuations in the load, it extends the life of parts making the inverter system more durable and reliable.
Inverter systems are approximately 30% more efficient than fixed speed units and can reach the desired room temperature quicker. The speed control of the outdoor unit also means quieter operation, and this is important especially at night in residential areas.
Whilst the inverter systems may be more expensive than the constant speed air conditioners, this is balanced by lower energy bills overall. The payback time is approximately two years depending on the usage.
In addition to choosing an air conditioning brand and system that will suit your home and budget, the company or specialist that you select to design, supply, install or service the equipment for you is equally as important. Using an ACDA member gives you peace of mind with the added guarantee knowing that you are dealing with a qualified independent specialist that is able to provide a “one-stop-shop” service – advice, design, supply, installation and support – that is tailored to your home and budget. Of course, there are a number of other companies and contractors (some examples below) who claim to provide the same, so you’ll need to be aware of what they offer and weigh up the pros and cons before making your decision.
These are typically contractors who operate from home and offer a cheaper service. Whilst they are often cheaper, they typically don’t have a back up service department. These contractors usually don’t have access to brand name equipment and are often unable to offer a design and construct service off plans or tackling the more complex and challenging jobs.
Department Stores typically provide a range of branded air conditioning systems, however they are unlikely to conduct an onsite survey in order to customise a full home system designed to suit your needs and plans, nor do they offer in-house back up service departments. It is advisable that you check for qualifications and Department of Fair Trading insurance certificates before proceeding with any work.
Energy companies are often driven by selling their main product – gas or electricity – so any advice given on appropriate air conditioning systems can be biased. Again, it is advisable that you check for qualifications and Department of Fair Trading insurance certificates before proceeding with any work.
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