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Do I Really Need a New Air Conditioner?

Is it time to replace your air conditioner? If it’s already 10 years old and you noticed lately it’s requiring frequent repairs, it’s time to buy a new unit. The resulting energy savings and improved performance will be worth it.

How much does a new AC unit costs? You can already get a quality split type AC for $1,500 to $2,500 (+GST). Aside from improved energy efficiency, additional modern features such as quiet modes and WiFi connectivity will make the purchase worth it.

How much can you save in electricity bills?

Modern and high-efficiency air conditioners demand 20% lower energy consumption. That effect is more pronounced when it’s the unbelievably hot summer days when you need the AC running all day and all night long.

In addition, up to 50% of your electricity bill could be coming from your air conditioner. That’s why a modern AC makes a significant difference to your monthly utility bills (hundreds of dollars each month for 10-15 years).

Repairing an AC, is it still worth it?

A single repair may require $80 to $140 per hour of labour cost (+GST). The per hour rate depends on your location, the job’s difficulty and whether it’s a residential or commercial facility.

The total repair costs may depend on any or all of the following factors:

  • Difficulty of the repair job (e.g. requires special expertise)
  • Amount of time required to complete the repairs
  • The replacement parts needed (especially if it’s the compressor)

 

To get a more accurate estimate, it’s recommended to request quotes from different AC technicians and compare the prices. The estimated repair costs may largely vary depending on the company you’re dealing with.

As mentioned earlier, an old unit (especially when it has undergone a few repairs for the past few months) may need to be replaced. The cost of repairing it may not be worth it versus buying a new one. For example, you might have already spent at least $1,000 for the repairs (or the AC technician gave you a quote around that range). It’s advisable then to buy a new unit instead. It’s also the case when the compressor needs to be replaced. The compressor is expensive which is why many technicians recommend purchasing a new air conditioner.

How to buy the right air conditioner for your home

If it’s more practical to buy a new unit, here are the important things to consider before you make the purchase:

  • What’s the size of your room? (also consider the ceiling’s height)
  • Does it get a lot of sunshine?
  • Will the room be used often and will there be a lot of people using it?
  • What are the most popular brands?
  • Will the unit operate quietly?
  • Does the unit have smart energy saving features?

 

It’s recommended to take note of those things so you can make the best purchase and gain significant energy savings in the long term. For instance, installing an AC with low capacity (e.g. 3.5kW) may not be enough to cool your large room sufficiently. The unit just doesn’t have the ability to optimally cool the room. In addition, you might need to turn on the highest settings (or the compressor will work harder) to keep the room cool. This could result to wear and tear and shortened lifespan of the unit.

Aside from capacity and room size, it’s also good to consider the unique condition of the room. Does it get a lot of sunshine? Are there 2 or more people using the room (more people means more heat in the room)?

It’s also recommended to stick with popular and strong brands such as Daikin, Samsung and Panasonic. Aside from credibility and quality, finding replacement parts will be easier in case the unit breaks down. In addition, these brands usually offer a more favourable warranty.

How much does an AC installation cost?

Rough estimate is from $60 to $140 per hour. The total installation cost and duration may depend on the following:

  • Your location
  • The AC model you’ve purchased
  • Ease of access to your property and the area where the unit will be set up
  • Is it for residential or commercial application?

 

Some companies though include the total installation cost as part of the package when purchasing the AC. This reduces the complication and makes the offer more attractive. The company will take care of the installation without you worrying about additional costs.

Depending on the unit and installation difficulty, the whole job might just last for a few hours (including the testing). If it requires 4 hours, the estimated amount for installation might be up to $560.

Different trades are also required to complete the work. For instance, licensed electricians need to install the necessary wiring and master control panels. Take note that the electrical connections are as crucial as the unit. Any failures in the electrical network may harm the air conditioner.

The total installation cost may vary from one technician to another. It’s recommended to gather at least 3 quotes before choosing an installer. In addition, consider the complete packages offered by companies (with AC installation included). Consider the cost of AC unit itself and add the potential installation cost. This extra calculation and effort could mean savings of a few hundred dollars upfront.

What if you’re planning to relocate?

Some individuals and families have doubts on buying a new AC unit because they have plans of moving out. Perhaps it’s because of retirement, career objectives and lifestyle changes. They’re thinking of the additional expense related to re-installing the air conditioner.

Fortunately, some companies now also offer free re-installation services (if you bought the unit from them). They can advise you of the best and safest way to disconnect your system. Then, their technicians can re-install the unit and even include the additional pipings and fittings at no extra costs.

This makes it easier for customers to purchase a new AC unit. There will be fewer worries and lower expenses down the road. Instead of opting for repairs, people will be more confident and decisive in buying a new and more energy-efficient air conditioner.

Other reasons you should buy a new AC

Aside from improved energy efficiency and long-term cost savings, many people now replace their old AC because of the following:

  • Additional features such as quiet mode (may result to better sleep)
  • Smart energy saving features (e.g. lower power setting when there’s minimal activity in the room)
  • WiFi connectivity (easily change the settings through your smartphone)
  • Autoclean function (periodically prevents bacterial growth)
  • Modern, sleek and compact design of newer AC models (blends in perfectly with modern home interior designs)

 

In addition, some people don’t want the interruptions and inconveniences that come with frequent AC repairs. Often, old ACs may break down when you need them the most (e.g. temperature outside is 32℃). The heat lingers even through the night which makes people have a hard time sleeping.

For your peace of mind and better sleep, a new split type air conditioner is your best ally. Its reliability (given that it’s a quality unit appropriate for your room) will help you fall asleep easily without worrying if it breaks down in the middle of the night.

Do I really need a new air conditioner?

If your old AC frequently breaks down or it’s at least 10 years old, your best option is to buy a new unit instead. Modern units have higher energy efficiency and they have additional useful features.

You can buy a new unit for $1,500 to $2,500 +GST. This computation may or may not include the installation service. In case you relocate, you might also get a free re-installation service (also the piping and fittings are free).

Instead of spending your money on frequent AC repairs, it could be more economical to purchase a new unit. If you pick the right AC (under a strong brand), you’ll realise long-term cost savings which may amount to thousands of dollars through the years.

If you require further competent advice on which AC to choose for your home or apartment, contact us today here at Conduct Air Conditioning. You can also visit our FAQ page if you want to learn more about our offers and service.

4 Air Conditioner Issues that Need to be Solved ASAP

Common air conditioner issues include AC unit not cooling, blowing warm air, not turning on at all and outdoor fan not working. These issues might be caused by refrigerant leaks, frozen coil, sensor problems and/or faulty wiring.

Why air conditioners fail?

The root causes can be traced back to the following:

  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Improper installation
  • Low quality unit
  • AC unit incompatible with the room size and purpose

Although naturally AC units will show signs of deterioration after a few or several years, most of the problems would still be prevented with proper maintenance and installation.

For instance, what happens when the air conditioner filter is dirty? The dirt build-up will restrict cold air flow. This then leads to ice formation on the coils (which makes room cooling impossible).

That’s why regular and timely maintenance (e.g. cleaning of filters) is crucial for the AC to work properly. Also, a dirty filter might cause health concerns about air quality. Professionals may use manual brushing and vacuum cleaning to remove dust, dirt and other blockages.

Aside from dirty AC filter, another common problem is refrigerant leaks. This could be caused by improper installation or some joints and connections might wear out through time. The leaks would then make the AC ineffective (and might even be hazardous to health and environment).

The most common air conditioner problems and solutions

Earlier we mentioned the most common air conditioner issues:

  1. AC unit not cooling
  2. Unit is blowing warm air
  3. AC not turning on at all
  4. Outdoor fan not working

How to figure out the root causes and solve them once and for all? The most effective way is by having a professional AC technician look at your AC unit. For example, here at Conduct Air Conditioning we’re doing the following:

  • Detect leaks and confirm if there’s enough refrigerant
  • Tighten connections to seal leaks and prevent electrical hazards
  • Capture leaked refrigerant and properly dispose of it (refrigerants may be harmful to health and environment)
  • Clean the AC filter and remove dust, dirt and grime build-up
  • Correct the placement and positioning of the sensor (wrong position would make the unit run continuously or erratically)
  • Advise you to replace the compressor (or just replace the whole unit because a new compressor is expensive)

Whether we installed your unit or not, we’ll service your air conditioner. Our expert technicians have already worked on popular AC brands such as Panasonic, Samsung and Daikin.

Why is my AC running but not cooling?

Common reasons are dirty filter, not enough refrigerant (due to leaks) and faulty compressor. As mentioned earlier, dirty filter restricts flow of cold air. On the other hand, the refrigerant or coolant is responsible for cooling. Insufficient refrigerant due to leaks will make cooling far from effective. A faulty compressor may be caused by dirty coils. As a result, the compressor might overheat and fail.

The signs might be gradual. At first the cooling might still be noticeable but it gets weaker as days and weeks pass by. Then, the AC won’t be producing the cooling effect at all. The problem already got worse (e.g. too much dirt build-up on the filter, refrigerant leaks have already compromised the whole system).

That’s why it’s recommended to solve the problem early on. Technicians can detect the leaks right away and clean them up. This would prevent worse issues such as ice formation and health hazards from occurring in the first place.

Why does my air conditioner blow hot air?

It’s either because of refrigerant leak or faulty compressor. If you hear a knocking noise, the compressor is at fault. On the other hand, a hissing noise signals a refrigerant leak (which can eventually ruin the compressor).

It’s also possible that the outdoor unit is not working at all. The outdoor unit’s purpose is to blow warm air out. If it’s not working, the hot air will just go back to the indoors (or even build up in your unit). Aside from making the room uncomfortable, this would also increase your electricity bill.

Here are some things that professional technicians do to fix the problem:

  1. Determine first if it’s caused either by a refrigerant leak, faulty compressor or defective outdoor unit
  2. If it’s a leak, capture the refrigerant and clean up the coils and other parts
  3. If it’s a faulty compressor, a replacement might be required (or replacement of the whole unit because it’s more cost effective)
  4. If the outdoor unit’s not working, perhaps it doesn’t receive electricity
  5. Electrical connections to the outdoor unit will be fixed

These are simplified steps because there are safety precautions each step of the way. For example, leaked refrigerants should be properly captured and disposed. Also, it requires electrical expertise to check the wiring and other fixtures associated with the AC unit.

Why did my AC quit working?

If your air conditioner does not turn on at all, it might be because of the remote not working or the circuit breaker tripped. The common reasons might be more about the electrical than with the AC unit itself.

Other reasons might be related with compressor failure and worn out parts. It’s also possible that the user forgot to set the thermostat to cool and lower the temperature setting to a few degrees lower.

If the reasons are related to compressor and electrical connections, a repair or replacement might be required. The technician might check the compressor valves and outlets. He might also check if your home has an adequate amperage (standard is 100 amps, 150 to 200 amps for larger homes). He might also inspect the outlet and wiring that’s responsible for running the air conditioner.

Another reason your AC stops working is that it’s already way passed its useful lifespan. Quality units may last 15-20 years. If your AC has been running for that period, it’s time for replacement. After all, modern units now are more energy efficient.

Outdoor AC fan not working

This was already discussed earlier (faulty electrical connections might be causing the issue). Perhaps the AC is pulling in too much electricity for your system. This causes overloading which then leads for the circuit breaker to trip (stop the flow of electricity).

Why would the AC draw in too much power? Here are some of the reasons:

  • Refrigerant leaks (puts additional strain to the unit which may lead to overheating)
  • Clogged air filters (this may also lead to overheating)
  • Dirty condenser coil (heat won’t be released effectively which puts additional strain to your unit)

Although the outdoor fan is considered a separate unit, its proper functioning still depends on proper electrical connections and perfectly working AC parts. The parts are often interdependent on another, which is why an issue in one would cause problems to another.

For example, clogged air filters might make the evaporator coils to freeze. Or, an outdoor fan not running at all will cause heat build-up in your indoor unit (which will make the AC work harder and consume more electricity).

The additional strain will then affect the electrical demands of your AC. Moreover, it will shorten the unit’s useful lifespan (especially if the issue occurs frequently). The coils, valves, motor and compressor will experience constant wear and tear.

What is wrong with my air conditioner?

To summarise, dirty filters and coils, leaking refrigerant (or low refrigerant) and faulty electrical are the common causes. These things will make your AC not working at all (or make cooling ineffective).

These issues would be easily prevented through timely and prompt maintenance. For example, the filters should be cleaned every 30 days. The dust should be removed through washing or vacuum cleaning. The evaporator and condenser coils should be cleaned once a year. Aside from preventing AC issues, these maintenance tasks will ensure optimum energy efficiency of your unit.

Refrigerant leaks might be because of loose connections and wear and tear. These should be fixed right away to prevent it from damaging the compressor and your whole unit. After all, leaks might make the unit to overwork or even harm human health.

Faulty electrical connections are also common reasons for a failing AC. The proper operation of air conditioners largely depends on a reliable electrical network. If it’s faulty or there’s a power surge every now and then, there will be additional strain to the compressor and other AC parts.

How to fix air conditioner problems?

You have two options:

  1. Do it yourself (figure out the problem, gather the tools and do the repairs)
  2. Let a professional technician do it

The DIY approach is good for simple cases such as (thermostat not set to cool, dirty air filter). But for advanced cases such as leaking coolant and frozen coils, expertise is required to solve the issue.

For instance, here at Conduct Air Conditioning our technicians use advanced tools to detect leaks and check the performance of compressor and other AC parts. We thoroughly inspect the unit to rule out the potential issues. Once we figured out the root cause of the problem, we use quality tools and parts to ensure your AC will be working perfectly again.

You can also schedule a monthly or annual maintenance of your AC to further your unit’s lifespan. This way it’s guaranteed that your AC remains energy efficient and all the parts inside are in top condition.

Air conditioner issues and how to solve them

Whether your unit’s blowing warm air or it doesn’t turn on at all, our expert technicians here at Conduct Air Conditioning will fix it for you. We observe all safety, health and environmental precautions whenever we repair air conditioners.

Contact us today (call us at 02 9708 5889) if you require a fast professional service to make your air conditioner working perfectly again. We service Sydney homes and businesses.

Inverter Air Conditioner vs Conventional

When it comes to inverter air conditioner vs conventional, main difference is inverter ACs allow continuous regulation of temperature (compressor motor speed is controlled). In contrast, old AC units only have stop-start cycles (compressor motor is either on or off).

As a result, inverter ACs are said to be more energy-efficient. These can have a 30-50% better efficiency than conventional ACs. In addition, the units eliminate sharp fluctuations in the load. This may lead to increased useful lifespan of the whole inverter air conditioner unit.

Is it worth it to buy an inverter AC?

Upfront, inverter ACs are more expensive than non-inverter types. The good news is you can get back the difference in just 2 years (depends on your usage frequency). Moreover, inverter ACs are your more eco-friendly option. Lower energy consumption means something good for the environment.

Another main advantage of inverter types is they provide uniform and stable control of temperature. As discussed earlier, inverter types allow continuous regulation of temperature because compressor motor speed can now be controlled. In other words, all throughout its operation the unit will continuously maintain the temperature while remaining energy-efficient.

Aside from continuous temperature regulation, there’s also another huge benefit from using inverter ACs. It’s a direct result of its efficient operation wherein there are no sharp fluctuations to the load. As a consequence, the compressor motor and other parts of the unit may last longer. They won’t need to endure sudden loads all throughout the day.

In summary, inverter ACs are:

  • More energy-efficient
  • Allow uniform temperature control
  • More expensive upfront but more cost-effective in the long run (payback is within 2 years)
  • Possibly longer useful lifespan of the parts

Disadvantages of inverter air conditioning units

There are always pros and cons especially in cooling systems. Inverter ACs are no exceptions because they also have disadvantages such as:

  • More expensive upfront
  • More expensive when repairs or replacement comes
  • More movable parts present which may incur damages

There’s a risk especially when it comes to the financial part. The initial costs will be higher compared to non-inverter types. In addition, the repairs or replacement of parts may be more expensive. These tasks also require expertise (licensed technicians should do the job).

The good news is that its energy efficiency can offset the disadvantages. Within 2 years (in many cases it’s just 1 year), you can get the payback from your initial investment. Also take note that up to 50% of your monthly electricity bill is due to cooling and air conditioning. Monthly use of an efficient unit will result to significant savings in the long term.

As mentioned earlier, inverter ACs may have up to 50% better efficiency. Your monthly electricity bill will get lower and you’ll enjoy this for years to come. In addition, modern inverter AC units can last up to 15-20 years. You’ll get long-term value and savings in exchange for a bit higher initial costs.

How to buy an inverter AC for your home

To be safe, it’s recommended to stick to popular brands such as:

  • Daikin
  • LG
  • Fujitsu
  • ActronAir
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Panasonic
  • Samsung

 

Aside from credibility and guaranteed reliability, parts replacement and repair would be a lot easier because many expert technicians have already worked on those units. They could easily find parts that match your AC’s specifications.

In addition, it’s also important to choose the distributor and/or installer of the air conditioner of your choice. After all, the installation and after-sales service is as important as the unit itself. For instance, proper installation and comprehensive warranty coverage will save you a lot on future expenses for repairs and replacements.

Many manufacturers and distributors offer up to 10 or 12 years warranty (especially on the compressor motor). This means they have strong confidence on the units they make and sell. You would have fewer worries in case the inverter AC fails.

How to choose the right AC for your home

Aside from quality and reputation of the manufacturer and installer, it’s also good to choose the inverter AC appropriate for your home and rooms. Some of the factors to be considered are:

  • Size and dimensions of the room
  • Purpose of room (e.g. bedroom, kitchen, living room, entertainment room, home office)
  • Position of the glass doors and windows
  • Local climate
  • Insulation installed in the floors, walls and ceilings

 

Based on those factors, you or the AC company may choose a unit with lower or higher kW. This has a lot to do with efficiency and comfort level. The key here is to choose a unit with just the right kW to maximise efficiency while achieving a favourable comfort level.

For instance, a unit with 7.0 kW cooling capacity might be already enough to cool average-sized rooms. Any unit with lower kW will fail to achieve the desired comfort level. On the other hand, a unit with higher kW will reach the desired temperatures. However, there will be wasted energy because the unit is operating with a larger capacity. These types of units are designed for larger rooms or areas with other applications.

To balance the tradeoffs and get optimal results, it’s recommended to contact expert AC technicians. To get started, you can tell them the size of your room. The staff or technicians can then recommend an AC with just the right kW.

Other important features of inverter ACs

Aside from energy efficiency, quality and modern inverter ACs also have the following features:

  • Quiet operation
  • Quick and easy control
  • Compact and stylish (for split systems)
  • Removal of dust particles and allergens

 

These features are also important for many families and business owners. For instance, quiet operation of AC is important in bedrooms. This way, residents can easily fall asleep (benefits of cooling and quiet operation).

For added comfort and health benefits, many inverter-type ACs also remove dust particles and allergens. Take note that you’ll be using the bedroom for over 8 hours a day. Dust particles and allergens might harm you and your family in the long run (the effects do accumulate).

Another important feature is the design of the unit itself. After all, the AC will be a permanent fixture of the house or business office. Its appearance actually has a huge impact on the overall look of an area.

Good thing is most split systems have a compact and stylish design. They can complement almost any home interior because of their sleek look. In addition, many inverter-type split ACs can even add to the appeal of a space.

What about reverse cycle?

You might have heard or read about reverse cycle in the past. In fact, many inverter ACs also have a reverse cycle feature. Anyway, what does it mean?

Basically, it’s an additional energy-saver feature wherein heat is absorbed either from the indoor or outdoor depending on the mode. When cooling, heat is absorbed from the indoor. When heating the room, heat is absorbed from the outdoors (instead of creating the “heat”).

Reverse cycle systems cool during summers and heat during winters. When it comes to heating, reverse cycle ACs only emit one-third of greenhouse gas compared to electric heaters. On the other hand, cooling is 30-50% more energy-efficient compared to conventional ACs.

It’s a 2-in-1 solution for both heating and cooling no matter the season. Moreover, you get more electricity savings during extreme conditions (e.g. unusually hot or cold days).

With both the inverter and reverse cycle technologies, you get the most energy savings month after month. Units with those technologies are far superior to conventional ACs. In addition, you get both heating and cooling for just one unit.

Inverter air conditioner vs conventional ACs summary

Inverter-type ACs are:

  • More energy efficient
  • More expensive upfront but you get back the difference in 1-2 years
  • More eco-friendly (lower energy consumption)
  • Stylish and compact units are available
  • Many units utilise reverse cycle technologies
  • With other features such as silent operation and dust filtering
  • Quality units under popular brands can last 10-15 years

 

In short, inverter-type ACs are worth the money especially if you’re thinking about the long term. You’ll realise energy savings each month on your electricity bill. Also, you get the most value because reputable companies offer comprehensive warranties (including parts and labour).

Here at Conduct Air Conditioning, we have quality and reliable inverter-type ACs for $1,300 to $2,500 (with free installation). Pricing usually depends on the brand and kW. Our expert technicians will install the whole system for you. We would also reinstall your AC unit in case you relocate.

If you have more questions about which AC unit is best for your home or office, you can contact us today here at Conduct Air Conditioning. You can also ask us about our Special Packages and Discounts for new customers.

Reduce Allergens and Improve Indoor Air Quality

December to February are the hottest months, which also means heavier A/C usage. If you will be spending a lot of your time indoors, be sure to always check indoor air quality. Contaminated air can be especially aggravating for people with dust allergies and other conditions, such as asthma.

Here are some simple ways to improve indoor air quality:

Keep Your A/C filter clean

A/C filters prevent dust, pollen and other pollutants from entering your home. Over time however, dust can build up in the system and cause clogging. A dirty air filter not only affects the performance of your air conditioning unit, but affects the quality of the air indoors as well.

Be sure to check your filters regularly, or call a professional for help. Conduct Air Conditioning provides air conditioning maintenance services in Sydney that you can rely on.

Dust and Clean Regularly

Though this is somewhat of an obvious tip, it can be easy to overlook things while you are cleaning. Dust can often accumulate in hard-to-reach areas, such as the top of a bookshelf, inside kitchen cabinets, the top of your appliances or refrigerator, or underneath your furniture.

If you have textured walls and ceilings, dust can also settle on them, so be sure to give everything a good dusting down.

Make Sure Your Flooring is Safe

Though there are strict building codes that regulate the type of flooring that you use, sometimes, the materials used are less than ideal. If you have vinyl and synthetic carpeting, or have items that contain paint, waxes and varnishes, always check for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs can also be found in floor cleaners and sprays.

VOCs are a type of indoor air pollutant, and are extremely common inside of homes. Concentrations of these pollutants can be up to five times higher inside homes. Air out your home several times a week by opening windows, and try to avoid cleaners that contain artificial scents or harmful chemicals.

Keep Indoor Plants

Live indoor plants can have a great effect on indoor air quality, as long as it does not produce too much pollen. Succulents such as aloe vera and cacti are a great choice, as they are easy to care for and require little water.

By improving indoor air quality, you can reduce allergic breakouts inside your home and breathe easier.

Want to learn more tips about indoor air quality and air conditioning? Contact Conduct Air Conditioning today.

How Centralised AC for Homes Add Value & Savings

How much is a centralised air conditioning? Centralised AC for homes can cost $4,500 to $6,000 including ductwork and installation. This is ideal for homes specifically designed for central air conditioning (no retrofitting needed). Good thing is it’s still possible to install the system in an old home or commercial facility.

Does centralised AC add value to a home?

It’s a matter of convenience and cost savings. Potential home buyers might perceive a property with central AC as of higher value because there’s no need for them to spend more to cool the rooms and whole house. In other words, the home is ready to be occupied even during hot summer months.

However, the property seller or owner might need to spend thousands of dollars upfront and yet the return on investment (ROI) won’t be worth it. The central AC might not still add significant value to the property. It’s still about the cost and the possible ROI.

Advantages of central AC

Whether it will add value to a home or not, a central or ducted AC system can still result to significant energy savings in the long run. It’s especially the case with the replacement of old AC systems.

For example, many modern units use 50% less energy compared to ACs manufactured during the 1970s. The savings can be greater during hot summer months and peak use. You get more cooling for less money as a result.

If your AC system was purchased or installed 10 or 20 years ago, there’s a chance it’s less efficient. It’s recommended to purchase a new system so you can enjoy the savings month after month and for years to come.

Aside from replacing old units, new homes with new central AC systems can also have significant energy savings. Main advantage of ducted systems is that these allow uniform temperature control in all rooms and areas of the home or commercial facility (e.g. large retail stores). In addition, ducted systems are also ideal for areas with large open spaces. This feature is important if you want to maintain a stable comfort level throughout the area.

Aside from energy savings, quality centralised units last for 15 to 20 years. This means you can get high cost savings and ROI for two decades. This could be a possible great value in exchange for $4,500 or $6,000.

Other important features of centralised AC

Basically, centralised AC works by having a “central unit” where cooling comes from. The ducts then distribute the cooling to different areas of the home or commercial property. This allows for uniform temperature control to all the rooms.

Aside from uniform temperature settings, other important features of modern central AC include:

  • Quiet unit operation
  • Child lock features (kids can’t mess up the settings)
  • Air filtering (remove dust and allergens)
  • Can be programmed for an entire week

 

For example, many LG ducted systems can be programmed for an entire week. There’s uniform temperature no matter the time of day or night. You don’t have to adjust the settings at different times of the day.

Aside from convenience and efficient air conditioning, quiet operation is also important. Ideally, the noise of the AC should be 70 decibels or lower. This becomes background noise which is sufficient for quiet sleep every night.

Another feature is air filtering wherein dust and allergens are removed. You and your family will be able to experience a truly comfortable life each day. Add to that the cool temperature and you’ll be spending more time indoors.

Removal of dust and allergens minimise the occurrences of sneezing, teary eyes and itching. As a result, it becomes easier to fall asleep and stay at home when conditions outside are far from ideal. You and your family will feel a sanitary environment as you enjoy the benefits of having a centralised AC.

Disadvantages of central air conditioning system

First, centralised AC is more expensive upfront compared to split type air conditioners. That’s because the former requires ductwork and other installations. It’s especially the case when the home needs extensive retrofitting.

In addition, installation of central AC often requires switchboard upgrade and electrical rewiring. The whole installation can last up to 3 days compared to half-day installation required for split systems.

Aside from additional expense, central ACs don’t offer much flexibility. They don’t allow temperature adjustment by room. For instance, the baby room might be needed to set at 20 to 20.22 degrees Celsius while the rest of the room requires 25 degrees Celsius.

In contrast, split type ACs allow independent temperature control among the different rooms. This offers more flexibility than ducted systems. As a result, many homeowners prefer split systems.

Some homeowners still choose ducted or central AC systems for the following reasons:

  • Uniform temperature control whether it’s cold winters or unusually hot summers
  • The even air distribution makes it impossible for cold or hot spots to exist
  • Minimalist and adds aesthetic value because there will be no wall hung units

 

There will only be grills on the ceiling or floor where cold or hot air is distributed. It will be a minimalist style wherein an AC unit doesn’t interfere with the home interior design. Moreover, the rooms still get cooled even without visible units.

When to buy central AC?

Some say it’s best to buy an AC (whether ducted or split type) during the winter. After all, there’s much less demand for ACs and companies are willing to lower the prices to up the sales.

Thankfully, special deals happen all the time. Perhaps it’s the company’s anniversary or they just want to clear the old stock to make room for the new units. It’s also possible that the manufacturer or distributor lower the prices for customer acquisition or market leadership.

Whichever is the reason, the right time to buy an AC is today. Special offers always exist. You just have to know where to find them (for example, you can contact us here at Conduct Air Conditioning for our Specials).

How to choose a ducted system unit?

First, stick to known brands such as:

  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Daikin
  • Fujitsu
  • Panasonic
  • ActronAir
  • Mitsubishi Electric

 

Aside from guaranteed durability and quality, replacement parts will be easy to find when it’s time for repair or servicing. In addition, most expert technicians can readily service ducted systems with those brands.

Second, choose a reputable distributor and installer. This is actually as important as choosing the right type of unit. That’s because the staff can properly assist you which type or capacity of AC is right for your home. Different room sizes (how many square metres?) often require different capacity for maximum efficiency.

In addition, proper installation has a huge impact on the optimum function of a central AC. The placement should be strategic including the wires and ducts in all 6 rooms (e.g. thermostats should be placed away from heat sources). There should also be minimal retrofitting to minimise demolitions to your walls, floors and ceilings.

Expert technicians and staff can provide you valuable advice which can save you thousands of dollars upfront and in the long run. They can tell you which unit is appropriate for your home. They can also tell you how much you can save if you consider every option.

Aside from the unit installation, technicians might also need to set up additional insulation to improve energy efficiency and increase long-term cost savings. They could also perform rigorous testing to ensure that the unit will deliver results as promised.

How to save even more money and get more value

The air conditioner distributor should be getting their units directly from the manufacturer. In other words, there’s “no middle man” that add up to the cost. For example, here at Conduct Air Conditioning we get the AC units directly from the manufacturer. We then pass the savings to you as our customer.

Another way to save more money and get more value is to ensure it’s a complete package (upfront fees). There should be no surprises once the installation is done. The fee for that (including labour and ductwork) should already be included in the total price you see.

Where to find centralised AC for homes

Here at Conduct Air Conditioning we sell and install major brands of ducted AC systems to Sydney residents and commercial customers. We provide complete package deals from $4,500 to $6,000. We also provide you with expert advice on which type of central AC is appropriate for your home.

Contact us today and enquire us about our pricing, warranty, packages and special offers. Our friendly staff responds within 1 business hour.

Looking for a Quiet Split Type Air Conditioner for Summer?

Searching for a quiet split type air conditioner for this hot summer? In this comprehensive guide (15-minute read) we’ll discuss what makes an AC unit quiet. This way, you can make an informed decision before you purchase.

After we explained what makes some ACs quiet, we’ll also discuss the advantages, costs (both upfront and long-term), return on investment (ROI) and a few important insights about quiet split air conditioners. Let’s begin.

Why some ACs are quiet?

Aside from cooling and efficiency, the noise level produced by ACs is now also an important feature. Individuals and families want to enjoy a cool and quiet room each night especially from December to February. This helps people get better sleep and achieve full rejuvenation for the next day’s work or leisure activities.

However, air conditioners have a few mechanical parts that produce noise. This is the case especially with the fan (from the indoor and outdoor unit) of the split air conditioner. Its rotation can produce a mild and yet a disturbing noise. Many people now are sensitive to even low noise levels. And as mentioned earlier, a quiet room helps many people get better sleep.

Also, the outdoor unit’s noise can be bothering especially at night. Its noise will stand out from 10pm to 6am. It might be hard to fall asleep if all you hear is the noise coming from the AC.

That’s why one of the keys to a quiet split AC is a quiet indoor and outdoor unit. The outdoor unit is now of the same priority as the indoor unit. First-time buyers often focus only on the indoor unit, while in fact the outdoor unit is as important.

It’s important to check the sound level (in A-weighted decibels or dBA). To give you an idea, the average sound level in a library is 40dBA. This is already quiet enough for most people. So if you want a quiet air conditioner, it’s ideal to look for a unit (or a feature of the unit) with a sound level near that range (for both the indoor and outdoor unit).

In the previous sentence we mentioned something about the feature. That’s because many modern split ACs now have a feature about reducing fan speed, thereby reducing the noise by a few decibels. You can enable this when you’re about to go to sleep or when you just need to focus in a certain activity. For example, many Daikin inverter split systems have this feature wherein you can enable the unit to run on a quieter fan speed in the indoor unit. The lower operating noise can make you get a better sleep or better concentrate on a mental task.

Lower noise levels means better efficiency?

Aside from quieter fan speed, a lower noise level is also said to be achieved because of the higher efficiency of the AC unit. After all, noise is often caused by the movement of mechanical parts. That movement causes friction which results to heat, vibrations and inefficiency.

Perhaps that’s one reason why split systems are said to be a lot more energy-efficient than window types. There’s a separation between the indoor and outdoor units. In window types, all the parts are crammed in a small space. The friction, heat and vibrations make the window type inefficient and wasteful in energy. In contrast, split systems have separate units. The transfer of heat is better. Also, the mechanical parts can operate much more efficiently because of less heat and fewer vibrations.

As a result, a more efficient AC often produces lower noise. There’s less heat and fewer vibrations. In addition, the design of newer models is now optimised for efficiency. In other words, you get the best of both worlds. If you purchase a new model split type AC now, you’ll probably get a quiet and highly efficient unit for your home.

Upfront and long-term costs of modern ACs

Earlier we’ve discussed what makes an AC quiet (quieter fan speed and higher unit efficiency). Next is let’s talk about the upfront (unit pricing and installation) and long-term costs (operating costs, future repairs and maintenance).

For less than $2,000 you can already have a quality unit fully installed (the installation and labour charge are already included). More expensive split systems might cost a little lower than $3,000 each including the installation.

Some units and models are more expensive probably because of the brand and extra features. For instance, an LG split system might have a filter feature that captures dust, microscopic particles and allergens. Other units and brands might have more power-saving features such as sensors. These sensors detect movements. If there are no or minimal movements, the AC unit will switch to a more energy-efficient operation.

Those mentioned advanced features can make an AC unit priced higher. Nevertheless, it’s recommended to stick with strong brands such as LG, Daikin, Fujitsu, ActronAir, Mitsubishi Electric, Samsung and Panasonic. These might be more expensive compared to lesser known brands. However, these are proven to be more reliable. In addition, technicians can readily find replacement parts for these brands.

Aside from the upfront costs ($2,000 – $3,000), let’s now talk about the long-term costs. After all, even though your AC runs really quiet, it can still be hard to fall asleep if you’re always worrying about its power consumption.

Up to 40 percent of what you pay for household electricity might only be for air conditioning. This is true especially during the summer months. That’s why if you’re trying to keep your electricity bills down, your priority should be on air conditioning.

Let’s come up with a very rough estimate. A 5kW reverse cycle inverter split system might add more than $150 to your monthly bill. During hot summers and daily AC operation, the numbers might be a lot higher. Whether it’s an AC with a very low noise level or not, expect at least $100 worth of electricity consumption.

As a consequence, a unit with lower kW will contribute less to your monthly bill. However, that’s not the whole story. That’s because power consumption also depends heavily on the room size. If a low-kW unit is cooling a very large room, the result is more power consumption because the unit will be struggling more to cool the space. In addition, you might not be able to achieve the desired comfort level.

The solution is to choose a unit appropriate for the room size. You can contact air conditioning contractors and ask them which AC units are appropriate for your room. You can tell them the size of your room and they can recommend the ideal unit which can deliver the most comfort at the lowest power consumption.

ROI of quiet split type ACs

The return on investment (ROI) involves monetary, aesthetic and health benefits when you buy a quiet split type air conditioner. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Cost-effectiveness (ACs are now affordable and efficient)
  • Better sleep and naps
  • Increased productivity and better focus while working or studying
  • Modern units have neat and compact design (blends with almost any home interior)
  • Long useful lifespan (5-year warranty in parts and labour)

 

The longer the warranty duration, the more confident the manufacturer is about the product. This means the specific model is known to last within or beyond the warranty period. This is especially true with popular brands. The models were rigorously tested to gain an idea about their useful lifespan.

Aside from long warranty (which means fewer worries about future repair costs), split ACs are also known to blend with almost any home interior. Their compact and modern designs can even complement the design of any room. They add aesthetic value to the space.

A consistently comfortable temperature (without worries about unreasonably high electricity bills) can also help you become more productive and focused. Whether it’s a hobby, studies or a work-related activity, a quiet and fully functioning AC will help you perform at your best. The ROI goes beyond monetary or quantitative. You can get more value out of your learning with the AC on. You can also get more things done (in less time) if the AC is doing its work silently in the background.

As mentioned earlier, a cool temperature and quiet surroundings result to better sleep and naps. Our bodies expect a cool temperature during sleep time. If the prevalent temperature is a few degrees higher, the body will feel uncomfortable. It won’t be able to properly process the toxins, refresh the brain, consolidate daytime memories and relax the muscles. But with a cool temperature (plus the quiet surroundings), our brains and bodies will be able to refresh and perform at our best for the next day.

When it comes to the monetary ROI, the benefits are immense. It’s a relatively low investment compared to the benefits to health and overall well-being. The total upfront costs could reach $2,000 – $3,000 (with a minimum useful lifespan of 5 years). Each air conditioner’s power consumption could reach more than $150 each month. But the ROI will remain high because you get better sleep and become more productive each day.

As a result, you will have a better quality of life. Remember, you’ll be spending at least 8 hours or 33% of your life each day sleeping. If it’s quiet and you’re comfortable during those hours, it will make a huge difference to your daily living. After all, your brain and body deserves the best rest after an exhausting day.

Quiet split type air conditioner Sydney

In summary, you need to check the noise levels of both the indoor and outdoor units of the split type AC. To give you an idea, 40dBA is the noise level in libraries. Many ACs now can achieve a noise level lower than that. You should also confirm if there’s an additional quiet mode so you can lower the decibels further.

A quiet split type air conditioner properly installed (and the appropriate kW for your room size) can give you tremendous ROI in the long term. You will get better focus and sleep while the unit is operating silently in the background.

If you need more information about quiet air conditioners, you can contact us here at Conduct Air Conditioning. You can call us at 02 9708 5889 and ask us about our packages and specials. You can also tell us your room size and we’ll recommend an appropriate air conditioner for you.

Split System or Ducted Air Conditioner?

Split system or ducted air conditioner? Ducted systems are more expensive upfront but can help you save money in the long term. Split systems are less expensive upfront and provide more flexibility in installation. That’s the short answer.

If you want a longer explanation, read on. We’ll discuss the costs, return on investment (ROI), energy consumption, pros and cons, warranty, preference and other related things. We’ll also discuss what are the important things to take note once you’ve decided which one to install in your home. Let’s start.

Why ducted systems are expensive?

Ducted systems could be 2x to 5x more expensive than split ACs. After all, ducted systems cool more than 2 rooms at once. It’s similar to having multiple split air conditioners installed in your home’s different rooms.

However, the cost is not all about the unit itself. That’s because ducted systems often require home reconfigurations and ductwork installations. Laborious retrofitting might often be required depending on your home design and layout.

Because of those requirements, you’ll need a few more thousands of dollars to have the ducted system ready and running. In addition, the whole installation could take at least 3 days (depends on your home configuration). The cost of materials and labour could add up during that installation period.

For instance, contractors will need to install additional ducts and a dedicated switchboard. They will take care of the connections and the electricals. Two contractors might be needed to finish the job. If the labour cost is $100 per hour and it takes over 10 hours for the whole work (2 men working), the total installation cost could reach up to $2,000 to $3,000.

That estimate could be a lot higher than actual costs. It largely depends on the reconfiguration needed and the duration of the job. You could save a lot of money (up to half the total) if your home was initially designed for ducted systems.

If you want to save more money, you can search for affordable package deals. The unit and installation costs (including materials and labour) are already included. You’ll get discounts because you’re buying the equipment and requesting the installation from the same company. It’s a win-win solution because you save money and you’re availing the company’s unit and service.

Now that you’ve learned why ducted systems are expensive. You’ve also learned how to save money in case you decided to choose ducted over split ACs. Next is we discuss about the split systems and why many families choose this. Just like with ducted systems, we’ll also discuss the costs.

Why many homeowners choose split ACs?

Split ACs are less expensive upfront. The unit is a lot more affordable and the installation is quick and easy. You’ll save on material and labour costs. In almost all cases, there will be no retrofitting or special reconfiguration required. In just a few hours (less than one day), the split air conditioner will be ready.

Both families and business owners make split air conditioners as their first choice. Split ACs are popular, energy efficient, compact and easy to install (you could even get the installation for free). They also have advanced features such as noise reduction, human sensor and effective temperature control.

It’s also a great choice for starting families or individuals moving to a temporary residence. You could start with one split AC unit and add more as your family gets bigger. You could only start with one room and add more units as years go by.

If you’re moving to a new home and you think it’s only temporary, it’s recommended to choose split type over ducted. Perhaps you would move out soon because of changes in career, lifestyle or preference. Split type is a great choice for you because you won’t spend much on the installation.

Upfront and long-term costs

It all goes down to costs. After all, it’s a huge decision. Both split and ducted systems cost thousands of dollars. Whichever you choose, you need to consider both the upfront and long-term costs.

As mentioned earlier, ducted systems are more expensive upfront because of the installation difficulty. But what about the long-term costs? Will the investment pay off soon? Will it be worth it?

Over the course of a year, you might get the payback from a ducted system. Each month you might actually save hundreds of dollars from your electricity bill (both in cooling and heating). In several months or less than a year, you might have recouped your investment already.

However, this is not always the case. Remember that ducted systems cool multiple rooms at once. This means uniform temperature is maintained all throughout the home. Even if some of the rooms are unoccupied, the ducted system cool them nevertheless. It’s a waste of energy and this could pile up the whole year.

That’s why it’s good to find out if there’s a convenient control option available. Many ducted systems have controls mounted on the wall. It lacks the convenience of the remote control available in most split systems.

It’s recommended to ask the company and installer about the controllers. You can still find ducted systems with control via WiFi. Be sure that this feature is available especially if you want efficient and convenient control of which rooms to cool.

Relatively new models of split and ducted systems are already energy efficient. Engineers and manufacturers have already developed technologies that allow for more cooling and less energy consumption. Many AC units now have an inverter system which allows for a more effective control on compressors. This translates to monthly savings on your utility bills.

Aside from monthly savings, quality AC systems can also help you save money from repairs and maintenance. These units are already thoroughly tested for reliability and longevity. In addition, many companies now offer a comprehensive warranty (up to 5 years) which cover both parts and labour.

Regular and timely maintenance can actually help you save money regularly. This helps ensure that your unit and system work optimally. You get better cooling at less energy (and lower electricity bills). This also lengthens the useful lifespan and optimal performance of your air conditioner.

Electricity consumption and unit maintenance are the long-term costs. If you choose a relatively new model and known brand, you’ll save electricity each month. You’ll also save on future repair costs and the need for replacement of your AC system.

Flexibility and the future

Families and homeowners think about the future and long term. After all, there are thousands of dollars at stake. Through the years, you might spend or save an extra ten thousand dollars depending on your choice.

What should you think about the future? Do you plan to move out in a few years? Do you plan to settle there for decades to come? Once you move out, will you sell your current property?

These are important questions. If you’re planning to move out soon, a ducted system is not a good choice. Remember the installation alone costs thousands of dollars. In addition, your home might have been slightly reconfigured because of the installation. The good thing though is that a home optimised for ducted AC would be perceived as more valuable. The future owner might prefer ducted and your property makes it easier for him or her.

Ducted systems don’t offer much flexibility in contrast to split ACs. Ducted is more permanent and requires many changes. On the other hand, split air conditioners could be perceived as temporary. If you’re about to move to a new home, you could easily disconnect the unit. Some companies even offer a free re-installation in case you relocate. You might also get free fittings and pipings at no extra cost. It’s recommended to enquire the company about re-installation.

Installation of a ducted system requires a huge commitment. You really have to think about the long term if this is your plan. It’s a bigger expense compared to split ACs.

On the other hand, split systems seem a lighter decision. You can start with one unit and add two or more as your family grows. You can even take it with you easily when you relocate due to future career or lifestyle changes.

Your decision

If you have long-term plans in your current home and location, the ducted system is recommended. It could be more efficient in the long term. You can get the payback from your investment in one or two years.

But if you’re only ready for a small commitment, split systems will still suffice in most cases. You can start with one unit if you’re only just one or two at home. You can then add more units and these can be used to cool multiple areas. One outdoor unit can actually be connected up to four indoor units. You can start small and add more later.

The one thing you should consider

Whichever you choose, you have one important thing to consider. It’s about the installation. After all, the unit’s quality is only as good as its installation. No matter how good the AC is, professional installation still is a huge factor to achieve optimum performance.

Professional installers will take care of the strategic placement and proper installation of wiring and ducts. Whether it’s split or ducted, they would come up with optimal solutions that will help you save money in the long run.

That’s why it’s advisable to buy from a reputable company (and request for an installation if they offer the service). The technicians should have experience installing the AC unit of your choice in other homes and commercial properties. This way, you ensure that you’re getting the most out of the service and your purchase (upfront costs). You should also ask about the warranty coverage (for the long term).

Split system or ducted air conditioner Sydney

Here at Conduct Air Conditioning, we offer affordable package deals for ducted systems. It’s all-in and our technicians will set up the whole system for you. If you prefer a split type, we also offer a complete package (unit and free installation).

Our experienced technicians can install almost all known brands such as Daikin, LG, Fujitsu, Samsung and Panasonic. We also offer a comprehensive warranty and discounted deals. Contact us today if you want to get the most value out of your money when it comes to air conditioning.

Here’s Your Complete AC Buying Guide

Up to 40% of your electricity bills might be because of your air conditioner (especially during the hot summer months). That’s why you have to choose the most energy efficient and cost-effective air conditioner for your home or business. Here’s the complete AC buying guide to help you with that task:

Better efficiency equals thousands of dollars of savings

First, we build the foundations. Which technologies are more energy efficient? What are the reasons for each one? Also, how does an air conditioner work in the first place? How does it effectively “condition” the air for better comfort?

In Sydney, temperature can reach as high as 26 degrees Celsius. Both families and business owners prioritise energy efficiency of their AC units. With those high temperatures, the electricity bill is sure to increase if the unit is far from efficient.

This can make a huge difference. For instance, daily operation of your AC during hot summer months can spell a plus or minus $100 on your electricity bill (whether at home or business). Add all the savings (or extra costs) through the 10-15 years of the unit’s useful lifespan. In other words, the total will amount up to thousands of dollars in the long run.

So here’s the main question: How to choose an energy-efficient air conditioner? Energy efficiency is about getting the result you want using minimal resources. This depends on several factors such as:

  • Technology behind the AC’s operation
  • Size and insulation of your home or room
  • Using power only when it’s truly needed
  • Positioning of the unit
  • The specific type of AC you’ve installed

Technology behind efficient ACs

Let’s first discuss the technologies. Due to increasing consumer awareness (especially people from Sydney and Australia), competition and market demand, manufacturers and product engineers continuously develop more efficient AC models.

As a result, newer models are often more efficient than the old ones. That’s one of the main reasons people replace their old AC units (especially if the unit has been operating for 10-15 years). Aside from the usual wear and tear, old AC models are just less efficient.

For example, many modern AC models now (especially split type systems) have an inverter technology. This technology makes it possible to control the compressor motor’s speed, which leads to the continuous regulation of temperature. As a result, faster and more efficient cooling will occur because of increased speed. It will slow down once the desired temperature is achieved (or when it’s just about maintaining the comfortable temperature).

In other words, inverter type air conditioners adjust the temperature without turning ON and OFF the motor. On the other hand, non-inverter types have to turn ON and OFF the motor. The continual ON and OFF of the motor will lead to higher energy consumption. In most motors and machines, the ON requires a lot of initial energy.

As a result, inverter types can help you save up to 30%. You use less energy while helping the environment. Although these inverter ACs are more expensive upfront, you can get the payback within just 1 or 2 years. Whether you’re replacing your old unit or it’s your first AC, inverter ACs are highly recommended.

What specific features to look for

Aside from the inverter technology (and given your home is properly insulated), you should also look for other features that contribute to energy efficiency. When you go to the store or browse online, it’s hard to differentiate among the features. That’s why in this section we’ll help you gain the basic (but most essential) information you need.

Let’s begin with energy saving mode. We mentioned earlier about one of the factors affecting energy efficiency (using power only when it’s truly needed). After all, using power even if it’s unnecessary is a waste.

One way to prevent this is by having an energy saving mode. This means the unit will be using less energy when there’s less demand for cooling. For instance, when people inside the room are inactive (minimal movements), the AC should automatically switch to energy saving mode. This is possible through a human sensor technology which automatically detects human movements.

It’s similar to having an on-demand cooling service. The AC will only expend much energy when it’s only needed. For example, right when you go to bed the AC might be running at peak. But when you’re asleep already for a few hours (you’re physically inactive already), the unit’s energy saving mode will kick in. It will keep working (just the minimal needed) to keep you comfortable all through the night.

This is much more convenient (and probably more practical) than setting a timer. When the timer’s up, sometimes after a few minutes many people turn the AC back on. This wastes a lot of energy because the ON requires a sudden surge of energy. In contrast, the energy-saving mode will prevent that energy surge. Everyone will remain comfortable while saving electricity.

Other features (design, noise)

The key features to look for are inverter technology and energy saving mode. Most modern ACs already have those features especially in split type systems. The differences lie on the small (but still important) features each model has to offer.

For example, many savvy Sydney customers also consider the noise level produced by ACs. This is often overlooked by many other customers (especially first-time buyers). However, it’s one of the most important things that affect user experience (secondary to “coolness” being felt). Perhaps it’s even one of the main reasons people replace their ACs (noisy operation).

Imagine a bedroom with a noisy air conditioner. It will be hard to fall asleep. You will get bothered by the noise and possibly feel the vibration. In the case of offices, it will be hard to focus on the tasks at hand. Instead of having your full attention on the strategy you’re formulating, some of your attention will be taken by the AC’s noise.

Thankfully, modern ACs now operate with minimal noise. There are fewer mechanical parts that cause the noise. Their designs now are also more efficient which makes quiet operation possible. But to be sure you’ll have a quite AC, ask the distributor about the decibels and the vibration.

Choosing an authorised distributor

This step could actually be as important as choosing an AC. After all, you’re just not looking into the AC’s features. You’re also looking at the quality of installation and service.

Aside from properly installing the unit, experienced technicians can also help you determine the optimal position where the AC will be installed. They can also take care of the electricals so your system won’t experience overloading (and ensure your AC receives enough and stable energy supply).

Experienced technicians from authorised distributors have worked on different models already. As a result, they can work quickly and efficiently. There will be minimal hassles and inconveniences to your family or business.

When purchasing an AC from an authorised distributor, it’s advisable to pick a known brand. It might be more costly upfront. But you’ll actually save money in the long term. You’ll also find it easier to find a repair or maintenance service for your air conditioner. The replacement parts will be readily available.

Upfront and long-term costs

Aside from AC features and choice of authorised distributor, Sydney families and businesses also strongly consider the cost. After all, the upfront costs of a split type aircon can be high. The payment will seem intimidating (an AC unit can cost up to $2,500).

Besides upfront costs, you should also consider the long-term costs (e.g. maintenance, parts replacement). That’s why it’s important to look at the warranty coverage. Aim for at least 5 years warranty in both parts and labour. If the warranty is that long, the manufacturer and distributor are confident about the unit’s reliability and performance.

Aside from the purchase and long-term costs, you should also think about the installation. There will be labour and parts needed for that. Although split type aircons are easy to install (some ductwork and positioning), this still requires time and effort from technicians.

Before pulling out your cash or credit card, it’s recommended to ask about the installation. Does it come for free? Do you have to pay for the materials and ductwork? This is important because you think you might be getting a great deal because the unit’s cheap. However, there might be unexpected additional expenses during the installation.

Reinstallation in case you relocate

What happens if you or your business relocates? Will there be free reinstallation?

Perhaps it’s career change or your office needs to move to a better location. Whichever is the case, most of your stuff will come with you including the air conditioner.

Good news is, you can get the reinstallation for free. For instance, here at Conduct Air Conditioning, we reinstall the unit for free (including pipings and fittings at no extra cost). We can advise you on how to best disconnect your unit and then we’ll take care of the reinstallation.

That’s why it’s good to check the after-sales service of a distributor. This will help you save money and hassles in the near future. Remember, an AC is expensive upfront. It’s recommended to get the most out of it and get free service (new install, reinstall, parts & labour) as much as possible.

Complete AC buying guide Sydney

In summary, here are the most important things you should consider when buying a new air conditioner:

  • Inverter technology (adjusts compressor motor speed for better efficiency)
  • Energy saving mode
  • Quiet operation
  • Choice of an authorised distributor
  • Parts & labour warranty, free installation
  • Excellent after-sales service (e.g. free reinstall in case you relocate)

Many Sydney families and business owners now choose split type ACs. The modern models now are energy efficient. They’re also sleek and compact which complement any home or office interior.

Although they cost more upfront (especially the inverter types) than conventional units, split type air conditioners are a lot more energy efficient. In one or two years, you can get the payback because of the resulting cost savings on your electricity bill.

It’s also recommended to consider both the upfront and long-term costs. The upfront cost includes the price of the unit and the installation service. The long-term costs should be somehow taken care of by the warranty on parts and labour.

This is quite a long read (~ 8 minutes) just for selecting an AC. However, this could (hopefully) help you save thousands of dollars in the long run.

If you need more information about air conditioning for your home or office, contact us here today at Conduct Air Conditioning. You can enquire about our package deals and free services for our new customers.

Ducted Reverse Cycle System: The Key to a Perfect Home Temperature All Year

Is your home too cold in the winter and hot during the summer? While conventional heaters and air conditioning systems can help ease your struggles during those seasons, they are not enough to achieve an ideal home temperature all year round. Fortunately, reverse cycle air conditioning systems are now available ducted in the market.

Dual-Purpose System

With its use of a heat pump, the ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system can both cool and heat the air. Its unique refrigeration system allows easy control of temperature, making your days more comfortable during extreme seasons. Also, with its dual purpose, you no longer have to worry about the maintenance of two separate HVAC systems. So even if it’s somewhat expensive, it is still a more cost-effective option than having a heater and an AC system in your home.

Zoning Feature

Its zoning feature is another thing that makes this system an excellent buy. Even if you only install it in the living room, it can provide an even air distribution throughout your home. You no longer have to worry about having rooms that are too cold or too warm. Also, you can control the temperature in each room to cater to the needs of individual family members. You can even zone out a few areas in your home if you want.

Other Benefits

Apart from those key features, this system comes with other benefits, as well. With only grills mounted in the ceiling or placed on the floor, this system does not intrude into the overall design of your home. Also, compared to other HVAC systems, the ducted reverse cycle AC system produces the lowest volume of noise.

The ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system is your key to a perfect home temperature all year round. So, if you want to learn about this system, don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll be happy to assist you in choosing the right HVAC unit for your home.

 

Ducted Reverse Cycle System: The Key to a Perfect Home Temperature All Year

Is your home too cold in the winter and hot during the summer? While conventional heaters and air conditioning systems can help ease your struggles during those seasons, they are not enough to achieve an ideal home temperature all year round. Fortunately, reverse cycle air conditioning systems are now available ducted in the market.

Dual-Purpose System

With its use of a heat pump, the ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system can both cool and heat the air. Its unique refrigeration system allows easy control of temperature, making your days more comfortable during extreme seasons. Also, with its dual purpose, you no longer have to worry about the maintenance of two separate HVAC systems. So even if it’s somewhat expensive, it is still a more cost-effective option than having a heater and an AC system in your home.

Zoning Feature

Its zoning feature is another thing that makes this system an excellent buy. Even if you only install it in the living room, it can provide an even air distribution throughout your home. You no longer have to worry about having rooms that are too cold or too warm. Also, you can control the temperature in each room to cater to the needs of individual family members. You can even zone out a few areas in your home if you want.

Other Benefits

Apart from those key features, this system comes with other benefits, as well. With only grills mounted in the ceiling or placed on the floor, this system does not intrude into the overall design of your home. Also, compared to other HVAC systems, the ducted reverse cycle AC system produces the lowest volume of noise.

The ducted reverse cycle air conditioning system is your key to a perfect home temperature all year round. So, if you want to learn about this system, don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll be happy to assist you in choosing the right HVAC unit for your home.