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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES & SERVICES - Janita Singh

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:

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