Next-gen chilling a breeze, looks cool
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.”