How To Find The Right Air Conditioner This Summer

Summer is finally upon us. Judging from the searing temperatures we experienced in spring, it's safe to say this summer is going to be a hot one. Really hot. If you're currently relying on standing fans and standing arms akimbo in front of your fridge to keep cool, you might want to consider investing in an air conditioner. Here are some tips to get you started.

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Mitsubishi Electric have a few pointers on how to pick the right air conditioner for you. The first step is to decide how many rooms you need to cool. This will determine what type of cooling system will suit you best: split systems, wall mounted, floor mounted or ducted systems.

The air conditioning vendor also have several more tips to share:

Minimise noise It’s also a good idea to find out about the noise levels of the system. Look for a low house level for the indoor unit – this is what you will hear (or ideally NOT hear!) when the system is operating.   Size matters ... You wouldn’t want to get a system that is too small as it will either NOT cool the area and/or will be overworked and eventually run flat. Not ‘cool’!   How do you want it to look? Air conditioners also don’t just come in white anymore. They come in many shapes and sizes that will fit with the decor of any room.

One final point is don't forget to ask how long the warranty for the air conditioning system is and find out if the brand has a local office in Australia with a spare parts department. You'll want to know this information should your air conditioner needs to be serviced or repaired.

Tomorrow we'll look at tips on air conditioning maintenance.


Comments

    advertorial?

    what about ducted evaporative, some people don't like inverter systems because they dry out the air too much.

      Hi Skinja,

      Upon reflection, the piece did contain too much Mitsubishi branding. It's sometimes difficult to balance out the tone of a piece when you're seeking comment from one vendor. I have amended the piece to take out the overt references to the brand's offerings.

      This isn't meant to be an exhaustive guide for picking the right air conditioner. It's just to provide general tips to get started on selecting an air conditioner.

      Hope this helps.

      Thank you.

      Kind Regards,

      Spandas

        thanks for responding Spandas.
        keep up the good work!
        maybe a more comprehensive article on cooling solutions could be the next article?

        thanks :D

        We're a retailer in Adelaide. We often refer customer to this website airconditioningexpert.com.au when they ask us what's the right size air conditioner for my home or where can I put it? Again, yes the site does promote Mitsubishi, but that whole sizing page and location page is Advert freee. Not a single Mitsubishi logo or mention on those pages. So check it out. Go to the guide then select right size air conditioner or locations. Good info.

      Ducted Evaporate is fantastic in the southern states where humidity is low.

      Being able to have the doors and windows open and the aircon on is very nice, and the cost to run is extremely low. (Though less so with water prices in Australia being five times what they used to be - none of the cost calculations published care to include the cost of the water you're evaporating).

      In the northern states, they're useless because of the high humidity in warmer months.

      I'd also add two things that aren't in the article:

      Purchase Price vs Serviceability
      The initial price of a Mitsubishi Electric Aircon is almost double that of the cheapest on the market. However, if it breaks outside of warranty, you can get parts. If you buy the cheapest, you'll be replacing the whole unit when the compressor breaks. Do you want to spend more now to be able to service it in the future, or maximize your depreciation schedule?

      evaporative != air conditioning.

      probably why it didn't get a mention.

    This article should have had ADVERTISEMENT written across the top.

    How can you talk about "choosing the right air con" without also talking about evaporative and that verses refrigerated. Portable verses fixed. When air con is absolutely the right thing to use and when to think about other options.

    +1 for Mitsubishi. Quiet, energy efficient and effective. Also love the wifi control + app :)

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