Can I install AC myself?
Unless you go with a portable unit, you’ll need to choose a professional installer. Home and business owners are not permitted to attempt these installations themselves. There are regulations in place throughout Australia to prohibit this. Air con installation is conducted with specialized tools and experience to do the job right and keep the unit’s warranty.
When is the right time to buy an air con unit?
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. The installation could also cost more because the installers are likely to be busier during summers. It’s usually a good idea to plan ahead and get your air con installed during the off-peak season.
How noisy can an AC be?
One thing you should consider when buying an air con 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. You should look for a unit that has a noise level of under 50 dB. For reference, here are the noise levels for some other common sounds:
- Whisper, light snoring – 20 dB
- Moderate snoring – 40 dB
- Loud radio – 80 dB
- Subway train – 100 dB
- Ambulance siren – 120 dB
How can I make sure my air con is energy efficient?
Heating and cooling systems account for about 40% of Australian household electricity use. When buying a unit, check the energy star rating. Usually, the higher the star rating, the better the performance of the unit. This means it will cool more while using less energy to keep you comfortable. You also need to be sure your air con unit is properly sized for your space. Otherwise, you could be increasing your electricity consumption or have an AC that doesn’t work properly.
If you want to learn more, check out our guide about how much power air conditioners use.
Is getting an air conditioner worth it?
The answer to this question is a personal decision.
If you’ve struggled through hotter months, or ducked to the local Westfields just to enjoy a little A/C, then the answer is likely “yes”.
Going back a few years, many Australian homes were constructed without it. In Sydney in particular, where the climate isn’t just warm but humid, fans alone can’t always provide the levels of comfort you need – which has fuelled an explosion in A/C installation.
Keep in mind, an air con system does more than just cool things off. Here are a few other benefits that A/C can add to your home.
Asthma attack prevention
Running an aircon not only reduces humidity in your home, but it can also lower the amount of mold, mildew, and other airborne allergens such as pollen – all of which can cause asthma attacks.
A more secure home
Since you’ll be keeping your doors and windows closed when the aircon is turned on, it becomes harder for someone to break in. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t get security services for your home, but this is just another reason to love A/C.
Improved air quality
Many modern units come with advanced filters that protect against pollutants, irritants and even small pests and parasites that can frustrate you and your pets.
Did you know people actually sleep better in colder conditions? We don’t need to tell you how important a good night’s sleep is to your general well-being, with a modern A/C unit helping you wake up feeling fresher and ready to take on the challenges of the day.
Keep your electronics cool
It’s not just your body that will thank you when the temperature drops, because the electronic gadgets and appliances in your house will work better in an air conditioned house, too. Electronics like computers, laptops, and TVs are prone to overheating, and that can damage their performance and efficiency.