5 common questions about air conditioning systems
Thinking about purchasing an air-conditioning unit and unsure where to start? We’ve been there; the options feel endless, so we’ve tried to make it easier by answering the top 5 questions about purchasing a new air conditioning unit.
By Paul Greguric
16 June 2021
Thinking about purchasing an air-conditioning unit and unsure where to start?
We’ve been there; the options feel endless, so we’ve tried to make it easier by answering the top 5 questions about purchasing a new air conditioning unit.
How can I ensure that my AC unit lasts as long as possible?
Like any machine, servicing your air conditioner regularly will keep it running nicely, the regularity of servicing your air-con depends on the type of system, age and usage.
A good rule of thumb is to service every year and then between services you can;
- Organise an internal clean of your system.
- Keep an eye out for any debris that may fall on the external unit.
- If you feel like your air-con system isn’t working at its optimal level call in a professional to have a look.
Ideally, you don’t want to push the system hard in summer and winter. Maintaining a good temperature throughout the year will cause less wear and tear on the lifespan of your air conditioner.
How can I reduce my energy costs with air conditioning?
There are a few simple things you can do to reduce your energy costs when you have air conditioning. These include:
- Limit how much you use it. Don't leave it running all day when you're not home or even all night when you're sleeping.
- Use a smart thermostat to manage when the air conditioner goes on for optimal house temperature during the day and at night.
- Regular serving and cleaning. Your air conditioner will run at its optimal level when it's well serviced and kept clean.
What does the air conditioner ratings mean?
Aside from ducted air, all air conditioners are required to have energy efficiency ratings like other major appliances. These ratings are based on multiple factors determined by the E3 Program (an energy rating initiative by the Australian Government, states and New Zealand Government).
The rating system was created to help consumers compare air conditioning systems when deciding which one to purchase. There will be separate energy efficiency ratings for heating and cooling and there is also differences in the ratings based on the area you’re located. You can read more about the energy rating system on the Energy Rating website.
What to look for when buying an air conditioner?
Shopping for an air conditioner is like any other type of shopping; it all comes down to you. What do you want, what do you need and how much can you afford.
But to help you when buying, here are some questions to ask yourself when purchasing an air conditioner:
- What's the energy rating for the AC unit?
- Would a ducted or a split system air conditioner suit your home?
- What area does the AC system cool and heat?
- How big is the system? Will it fit in your home?
- What's your budget?
How much does it cost to install air conditioning?
The installation costs of air conditioning range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. These differences in price come down to the type of AC unit you purchase, the size of your home and the complexity of the installation.
You can get a basic split system air conditioner installed for between $600 - $749 (hipages). For a larger split system or ducted air conditioning, you can expect to pay between $2,399 - $5,400 (hipages) or more, depending on the complexity of the install.
These price ranges are for installation by a licensed installer only without the added cost of the system itself which can again range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Make sure you budget for both costs when looking to get air conditioning installed.