Air Conditioning In Sydney: Are you looking to buy, service or repair an aircon in Sydney? Keep reading.

There are so many things to consider when buying an air conditioner in Sydney! Do you want an air conditioner for a specific area of your home or office or one that cools the whole place? How big should that AC be? Do you prefer a ducted or split system? Once the aircon is installed, how much will servicing and repairing it eventually cost? How about AC’s impact on your electricity bill?

All these questions are valid since you want to make the best decision when it comes to investing your money. Below, we will tell you everything you need to know about Air Conditioning in Sydney.

How much does it cost to install air conditioning in Sydney?

You should expect air conditioning installation to cost anywhere from $500 to $5,500. The actual cost will depend on the type of unit installed and the complexity of the entire installation process. Smaller split systems usually cost around $600 to $750 in Sydney whereas larger split and ducted systems will cost around $2,400 to $5,400 or more.
With the rising prices of electricity, it will be important for you to keep a cap on the overall air conditioning running costs. Not only will you have to factor in the cost of purchasing the air conditioning unit, but also the cost of getting one installed.
You will see that there are a number of factors that will influence the final quote you’ll receive, such as:

  • The type and size of the air conditioning unit you’re purchasing
  • Amount of interconnecting cable and refrigeration piping used
  • Amount of cable ducting required
  • Is there a need for meter board upgrade
  • Access for installers

What are the benefits of installing air conditioning?

Here are some of the main benefits of installing any kind of air conditioning in your house:

Health

Yes, you read that right! Air conditioning can actually aid your health. The filtration that happens during air conditioning actually holds back a lot of the toxic dust particles, pollen and debris that can spark some serious allergies as well as breathing issues like asthma.

Moreover, the reduced humidity helps in preventing bacteria and mold from developing in the house, whilst deterring any dust mites that love to breed on damp spots (another bonus for people suffering from allergies). Many modern air conditioners come with HEPA filters, which can further boost this filtration process.

Given the hot weather residents of Sydney experience each summer, we’ve all experienced frustrating tossing and turning from being too hot at night. Air conditioning can help you stay alert during the day and properly rested at night.

Low Humidity

Air conditioning will lead to lower levels of humidity, meaning that your belongings and decor in the house will last longer as they are free from any damage that moisture can cause, including damp, mould and bacteria.

You will also notice a reduction in property maintenance issues as there will be no havoc created by dampness to your property. This will also lead to your home smelling fresh and airy.

Electronics

The longevity of your electronics will also improve as the lowering of temperature will lead to preventing them from getting damaged by overheating. It is seen that some very expensive tech items such as modern LED televisions are very prone to overheating due to their compact designs. So, save yourself some serious money by ensuring that your tech items and gadgets remain cool with air conditioning.

VRF or VRV Air Conditioning

Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems utilise a cutting edge technology to help get advanced, individually controlled temperature across a multi unit system. Ductless VRF systems are quick and easy to install and require a small amount of space. There is also minimal disruption while the installation is carried out.

The intelligent VRF and VRV systems are energy efficient and quiet and enable every space across your home or business to be kept at the right temperature that is comfortable for your family or the staff within each space. The precision refrigerant technology also guarantees that there will be no wastage incurred and the intelligent system is designed to redistribute heat for use elsewhere.

What type of air conditioner should I get?

You can find several types of air conditioners and hundreds of different brands in the Australian market. However, when looking for a quality AC for your home or office, you will need to go for an option that is the most practical, reliable and cost effective in your situation. Before we go in depth, here are some of the most common types of air conditioners, along with their pros and cons.

Split Systems

A split air conditioning system, as the name suggests, comprises two units – an indoor unit that is a source of cooling and heating and an outdoor unit that is connected via pipes. There are also multi-split units available in the market. They have one outdoor unit connected with two or more indoor units.

Pros

  • Suitable for most homes with good temperature control
  • Installation process is fairly simple
  • Affordable, compared to some other options
  • Efficient, especially if you go with inverter models

Cons

  • The outdoor unit can be a little noisy
  • Since they are fixed, you have to plan out well where you want them installed

Ducted Systems

Unlike split systems, ducted air conditioning is very discrete, because the indoor unit is recessed above a false ceiling. This makes the air conditioning unit more protected and it also does not compromise the overall aesthetics of the space. You won’t see anything with the naked eye, other than the air vents up in the ceilings.

Pros

  • Great room temperature control for most rooms
  • No bulky internal unit installed and everything is discrete
  • Guarantees uniform cooling in all rooms

Cons

  • They are the most expensive to install
  • The external units can be a little noisy
  • Unless configured, you will get the same temperature in every room

Window Wall Air Cons

These air conditioners are singular with the indoor and outdoor units integrated together. These are placed in a whole in the wall or windows, hence the name. Half of the equipment will be inside the home and the other half will be outside.

Pros

  • Compared to other aircons, they are cheaper
  • Installation is easier than split AC or ducted systems
  • They don’t take up that much space

Cons

  • These are the noisiest types of aircons
  • Their cooling is limited to only one area or room
  • They are less efficient and heavy on electricity bills

Portable Air Conditioners

Portable air conditioners are similar to fixed ones and have an integrated compression system under the casing. However, there’s no installation required.

Pros

  • They are usually the cheapest air cons you can buy
  • They don’t need any installation
  • Portable means they can be moved around

Cons

  • They usually are noisy, bulky and heavy
  • Just like window aircons, they are not very efficient

How much do air conditioning installers charge?

Once you’ve bought your air conditioner, you’ll need someone to get it installed. The rate you’ll end up paying will depend on a few factors, including the location of your house, the brand and type of air conditioner you’ve chosen, the number of units that need to be installed as well as the access on the property.

Air conditioning installers usually charge by the hour and you should expect to be charged anywhere from $60 to $110 per hour (excluding GST) for a domestic air conditioning project and $80 to $140 per hour (excluding GST) for commercial units.

Here are the usual costs for a wall hung split type air con.

  • 2.5kw – 3.5kw inverter system: $600
  • 5kw – 6kw inverter system: $650
  • 7kw – 8kw inverter system: $700
  • 9kw- 9.9kw inverter system: $750

In case you are installing a reverse ducted air con system, you can expect to be charged up to $5,400 for a 8.0kw ducted reverse cycle air conditioning unit (for a brand like Samsung) installed to 6 points.

Why should you use air conditioning?

As discussed above, there are many reasons why using air conditioning in homes in Sydney has become essential. The hot weather during summers can make it difficult to enjoy a good sleep at night or feel fresh in the morning without air conditioning. Air conditioners also help reduce the dampness in your house, which can then lead to increased life of your decorations, paint as well as electronics.

Many new models of air conditioners use HEPA filters, that trap any harmful dust particles as well as viruses and bacteria, contributing to a safer and cleaner air in your house (especially if you’ve got pets).

How long does it take to install air conditioning?

Many of our customers ask us how long it will take to install a new air conditioner. There are different ways to look at it. If it’s a standard installation without any corrective work or complications, it will almost always be a 1-day job. This is assuming you already have ductwork and a forced air furnace installed in your home. In case you are simply replacing your old air con with a new one then one day will definitely be enough.

However, if there is work outside the usual ‘standard’ processes, then it will depend on how much extra work is required. There are still high chances that the work will be completed within one day, however, it can take up to two days to complete a more complex job.

Some of the factors that can impact the overall installation time include:

  • Crawlspace or attic installations
  • Difficulty in accessing the furnace
  • Installing a new ductwork
  • Not enough access to work around the coil or furnace
  • Need for dismantling old furnace to remove it in case the access space is small
  • Addition of return air ductwork
  • Addition of supply air ductwork
  • Drilling in concrete walls
  • Any electrical issues
  • Installation of lineset through finished living spaces

What does the air conditioning installation process look like?

Air conditioners are relatively complex appliances and they require a trained professional to handle the installation process. Here is what to expect from the entire installation process.

Removal of the Old System

Many times there is already an old system that needs to be first removed before the new installation can commence. This will not be a simple task of just taking out the air conditioner and tossing it aside. There will be a number of components in the old air conditioner that will need to be disposed properly, such as the refrigerant. Our professional staff will manage this on their own. In fact, this will be one of the most time consuming parts of the entire process, as they tend to be arduous and require some care and attention. Special care is taken to ensure nothing gets knocked out of place. The space will also need to be prepared for the new system, including the indoor as well as the outdoor units.

Making the Connections

Once the new air conditioner has been installed properly, the technicians will connect it to all the important parts of your home for it to start working. This will mainly involve setting everything up with your ductwork – the ventilation system. There might be a need to shift around the ductwork in order to make all the connections. Our professionals know exactly how to do this safely. They will also look at all the electrical connections needed for the air conditioner to work.

Testing the Air Con

The final step of air conditioner installation is perhaps the most important. We will turn on the air conditioner and measure the intake as well as the airflow to see if everything is operating as it should. We will also ensure there are no safety hazards and the system is doing everything it’s supposed to.

These steps are just to give you a broad overview of the entire AC installation process. You will need to keep in mind that the entire process usually starts some days before, with the proper sizing and selecting of the system.

What you should watch out for when purchasing air conditioning?

Air conditioners vary a lot in many factors, including energy efficiency, cooling capacity and price. Below are some of the pointers you’ll need to keep in mind when buying air conditioners:

Size of the Room

The size and capacity of your AC will need to be as per the size of your room. You will have to choose an air conditioner having the right capacity according to the room space. In case it is bigger, you will not be able to get proper dehumidification. A unit having too high cooling capacity will turn on and off too often while a smaller one will cost more in energy consumption.

Installation

To get the most out of your air conditioning unit, you will need to get it installed properly. While the window AC is compact and is designed to be attached to the windows, the split AC comes with a compressor unit outside the house and an indoor unit inside the room, designed for better airflow. We recommend that you always get this installed by an expert professional to guarantee there are no flaws. To be honest, the performance parameter of an air con depends on a good or bad installation.

Noise Control

Noise is an important aspect to consider when buying an air conditioner. Each air conditioner comes with a noise level of operation in the product specifications. Ideally, you should go for an air cn with noise levels of under 50dB. Having an AC with too much noise can ruin your sleep as well as annoy your neighbours.

Energy Efficiency

Air conditioners come with a star rated energy efficiency rating, also known as EER. All air conditioners need to have an energy rating label on them which uses stars to rate their efficiency. The more stars on the label, the better. ACs having higher stars will also consume much less power, meaning that you’ll be saving more on the electricity bills.

Inverter Technology

An inverter air conditioner is worth investing in if you’re looking for a better and consistent cooling along with energy efficiency. While inverter ACs are a little more expensive than the regular ones, they do have one third less power consumption. You will see the extra money evened out in approximately two years of electricity bills savings. Nowadays, you can even get dual inverter models that promote better cooling as well as precise energy control.

Air Quality

It is essential to be mindful of the indoor air quality when installing air cons at home as the ones with a good filter are very important in improving the indoor air quality. ACs nowadays have air filters that help remove odours, germs and smoke from the air. Having good filters will not only ensure clean air, but also enhance the energy efficiency and cooling performance of air conditioners, by stopping the choking of evaporator coils that happen due to dust.

Blower Size

Blower fans are an integral part of the air con system and something all air con owners should be familiar with. The blower is located inside the air con and is responsible for blowing the air to the ductwork in the system which then makes it possible for the air to be distributed throughout the home. A bigger size blower will result in a stronger air flow of the air con. Airflow ensures there is no feeling of suffocation, since it directs the airflow in various directions of the room.

Condenser Coils

Air conditioners have condensers that use coils to cool the air. Copper coils are the most popular since they cool faster and are easier to maintain with a longer lifespan. They also have better heat exchange and are anti-corrosive in comparison to aluminium coils.

Fire Safety

Most air conditioners use P2 protected capacitors that have the highest level of safety features with things like overpressure disconnection and self-healing properties. For added safety, they come with a protective metal casing around the electrical circuit box. Always make sure whichever brand and model you buy complies with the best fire safety standards.

Quality Over Features

While there are a variety of different brands selling air conditioners these days with some very attractive features, we always recommend that you opt for a reliable brand over a sub-standard brand with many features at a low price. You would be well off going for a more basic model of a brand that is well known in the industry.

Look at the Warranty

Not all manufacturers give the same warranties. So, when you’re buying a new unit, it will be a good idea to compare the different warranties given by different manufacturers. We are also available to answer any questions around warranties and how the claim process works, should you ever need to use one.

When is the Right Time to Buy an Air Con in Sydney?

Just like everything else in Australia, peak seasons will usually mean peak prices. If you are planning to buy an air conditioner during or around the summer months, chances are you ‘ll end up paying a higher price. Moreover, the installation can also cost more because the HVAS installers are usually too occupied with multiple appointments everyday during summers. It might be a good idea to plan ahead and get your air con installed during the off peak season.

Why choose us?

Hiring HunterCON Air is an excellent option if you want to deal with professionals when buying, installing, maintaining or repairing an air conditioner in and around Sydney. This is so, among other reasons, because HunterCON Air offers you the following:

✔Fully Licensed Electric & Air Con Specialists with Over 8 Years Experience
✔High Level of Support
✔Skye Interest-Free Finance
✔Free Quotes

What warranties do we offer?

We are very confident in the work we deliver. This is why all of our installation work comes with a massive 5-year warranty. This is the reason why residents of Sydney have put so much trust in our services. Get in touch to find out more.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT AIR CONDITIONING IN SYDNEY

Can I install air conditioning myself?

If you are thinking of doing an air conditioner installation job on your own then it is important to note that you’ll be dealing with equipment that contains fluorinated gases, which should only be installed by professionals, due to the hazards from these gases.

We don’t recommend you trying to install air conditioners on your own because of how technical the entire process can become. Our specialists have been installing air cons for years and have the right tools and skills to understand how to deal with any surprises.

Doing the installation on your own also puts you at a risk of losing the warranty on the new appliance, should you end up damaging some part that is not covered. Considering the different aspects of the installation, we strongly recommend that you don’t try this adventure and hire a professional to do the job for you.

What are the most typical air conditioning brands?

Some of the most popular brands for air conditioning in Sydney include:

  • Carrier
  • Bryant
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • American Standard
  • Trane
  • Panasonic
  • Kelvinator
  • Fujitsu General
  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Daikin
  • Lennox
  • Ruud

This list is not exhaustive and if there is any other brand you like, you can always check with us and we can give you an honest, unbiased opinion from our experience.

How Much Noisy Can an Air Conditioner Be?

One thing you should never overlook when buying an air conditioner is the noise level. It can be very annoying to have a constant white noise in the background when you’re trying to focus on a task, relax or go to sleep. Make sure you check the noise levels before buying an air con. Here’s an idea of different noise levels:

  • Threshold of human hearing – 0 dB
  • Whisper, light snoring – 20 dB
  • Moderate snoring – 40 dB
  • Busy street, alarm clock – 60 dB
  • Loud radio – 80 dB
  • Subway train – 100 dB
  • Ambulance siren – 120 dB
  • Plane taking off – 120 dB

Ideally, you should look for a unit that has an overall noise level of under 50 dB.

Can Air Conditioners Improve Air Quality?

To achieve the optimum temperature and humidity levels in a room, air conditioners are able to filter and renew the air indoors. They remove harmful microparticles from the environment, making the air cleaner for you.

Many new models have very well designed air filtration systems that help remove mould, odours, dust, bacteria and allergens from the air. These new generation air cons come with a self-cleaning function that allows them to dry inside, helping reduce any growth of mould or build up of ducts, ensuring efficient running of the unit.

Air conditioning Sydney: How to make your air conditioning unit not use more energy than necessary?

Heating and AC systems account for about 40% of Australian household electricity consumption. By using these devices correctly, you can save energy and money. Follow these simple tips:

Check your unit’s star rating

Usually, the higher the star rating, the better the performance of the AC unit, that is, it will cool more and use less energy for it.

Does your AC unit have a low star rating? Call us at 02 8283 1105 to tell you about our 5-starred Air Conditioners.

AC’s size

You need to know what is the most appropriate air conditioner size for your area. Otherwise, you could be needlessly increasing your electricity consumption or have an air conditioner that does not cool as much as it should.

Make your home’s overall energy consumption as efficient as possible

This includes setting your thermostat to a reasonable level so that your aircon won’t use more energy than necessary nor will it overwork. Moreover, you may use your AC’s Economy or Eco mode, in case it has one.

Do you need more advice on how to make your air conditioner use less electricity? We are here for you.

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Air conditioning Sydney: What is the best time to buy an aircon in Sydney?

The two best times to buy an aircon in Sydney are:

1. Several months before the start of summer

Indeed, if your main interest in this regard is to have your aircon installed as quickly as possible, you better buy your unit well before the summer, since, naturally, during these warm months, there is a lot of demand for this equipment and you may have to wait longer than usual for aircon installers to knock your door.

2. After the summer ends

Now if you want to get good prices, the perfect time to buy an aircon is when the summer ends, as AC vendors will want to sell their old equipment at a discounted price in order to fill their shelves with new merchandise.

Air conditioning Sydney: Who can repair, maintain, or install an AC in Sydney?

The installation of a single-phase aircon unit that only requires its connection to a powerpoint can be done by anyone. Other than that, air conditioning unit installation, maintenance and repair work in Sydney must be done by an NSW-Fair-Trading-licensed and ARC-tick-approved professional. This last requirement is fulfilled by having a full Refrigeration & Air Conditioning license or some type of specific license to install air conditioners.

It is important to note that if a person who does not meet the legal requirements indicated above is hired to undertake air conditioning work and causes any damage, it will not be covered by your insurance policy. Worse, you may have to compensate that person if they suffer any physical damage during the installation, maintenance or repair of your air conditioner.

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How much does it cost to repair an Air Conditioner in Sydney?

Depending on the model of your air conditioner and the type of fault it has, a professional can charge you between $80 and $150 per hour to repair it.

How Much Does Air Conditioning Servicing Cost in Sydney?

This is variable, but the minimum AC servicing costs $185+GST in Sydney.

Please contact us so we can help you.

Why Choose HunterCON Electrical And Air

There are many reasons why more and more people want to hire HunterCON Electrical and Air’s services. It is not only because we have trained professionals who do their job to perfection, but also because of the rest of the staff who make it all possible and leave smiles on the faces of our valued clients. Indeed, HunterCON Electrical and Air offers you the following:

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From consultation to installation to maintenance, attention to detail and customer satisfaction is at the core of the HunterCON ethos. We look forward to working with you!

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