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With the long, hot sum­mer loom­ing, many peo­ple will be look­ing to in­stall, or up­grade, their air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tems.

And the in­dus­try’s peak body,the Air-Con­di­tion­ing and Re­frig­er­a­tion Equip­ment Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia, has some valu­able guide­lines on what to look for — and avoid. AREMA tech­ni­cal and pol­icy ad­viser Greg Picker says mod­ern sys­tems are a vast im­prove­ment on pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions.

“To­day’s con­sumers are spoilt for choice,” he said.

“There are many brands of­fer­ing many more model types but con­sumers need to be aware that while this com­pe­ti­tion leads to lower prices, it can also lead to some man­u­fac­tur­ers mak­ing ex­agge- rated claims that don’t de­liver.”

Poorly in­stalled units will hit the hip pocket as well as not de­liv­er­ing op­ti­mum per­for­mance, he said.

“En­ergy costs from a badly in­stalled unit can be 40 per cent (or more) higher than one in­stalled cor­rectly,” Mr Picker said.

“If you think there is a prob­lem, ask the in­staller and if you’re still not happy, take a photo and send it to the man­u­fac­turer.”

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