Cool air top of list
AS we head into the warmer months demand for airconditioning soars, according to Dan Tosh of Daikin Australia.
But Tosh says that choosing the right unit can be tricky, especially with the many varieties available.
“It is a long-term investment so there are many things to consider to ensure you are satisfied with your purchase,’’ Tosh says.
“Depending on your house and living situation, these include what kind of system you want (a split-system airconditioner or ducted airconditioner); size; do you live in a very hot or cold region, additional features/ functions; energy efficiency and installation requirements.
“If you’re looking to heat and cool your home throughout the year, look for a reverse-cycle airconditioner. The versatility means that households only need to rely on one single system to either heat or cool the home.’’
Another golden rule to remember is that bigger isn’t always better, Tosh says.
“Room size and the number of occupants at any one time make a difference to the type of unit and the size required so it’s important to seek the help of an experienced professional to conduct an evaluation.
“During their assessment the specialist will look at the overall construction of the house, specific rooms you want to heat/cool, advise on the best location on where to install the indoor and outdoor units to ensure that everyone can enjoy the new unit in peace.”
Tosh recommends paying special attention to systems with energy star ratings.
“As energy prices continue to rise, heating and cooling your home throughout the year can be costly.
“A general rule is that the higher the energy star rating, the more energy saving features.” Details, go to: daikin.com.au