When it comes to choosing the best air conditioner for your home, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the options available to you – particularly if you don’t know where to begin.
So – what’s the best place to start, aside from assessing your energy usage?
Choosing the right brand of air conditioner.
Why is this so important? Reputable aircon brands not only provide effective cooling and heating but also prioritise long-term cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency, and lower environmental impact overall.
In this guide, we’ll explore the importance of choosing a reputable brand of HVAC/heating and cooling and how this decision can make a significant difference in your home’s overall comfort level and environmental footprint.
Ready? Let’s get started.
What Kinds of Air Conditioning Systems are There?
Before getting stuck into the differences between aircon brands available on the Victorian market, it’s essential to understand the various types of air conditioning systems available to you.
Why? Because the type of aircon you’re after can often determine which brand’s products you have available to you.
Portable air conditioners
Portable air conditioning units are versatile and easy to move, making them ideal for spot cooling in small spaces. However, they are generally far less energy-efficient than other systems (such as energy-efficient splits and multi-splits) and are generally thought of to be more bulky and less aesthetically pleasing than alternatives.
Window air conditioners
Window units – we all know them! They’re the bulky, often old and dusty units designed to fit within the space taken up by an existing window. Once popular, though they are cost-effective and easy to install, these units are often thought of as being poorly designed from an aesthetic perspective while also lacking the efficiency and coverage of larger systems. Best avoided!
Split and multi-split air conditioning systems
Split system and multi-split system air conditioners consist of indoor and outdoor units connected by associated refrigerant lines. While split systems consist of one indoor unit and one outdoor unit only, a multi-split system features multiple indoor units running of a single exterior unit.
These systems are generally thought of to be more energy-efficient than the above portable and window options, and provide zoned cooling that can be tailored to each space in which the unit(s) are installed.
What’s more, some air conditioning brands are now known to be pushing the limits of what’s expected from a split and multi-split system, offering units that redefine the limits of this flexible, adaptable form of climate control. Read more below!
Evaporative cooling systems
Evaporative cooling systems are designed to use water to cool the air in your home, making them vastly more energy-efficient than gas heating/cooling alternatives. While this kind of system is ideal for a dry climate, they are generally less suitable to an environment in which humidity is a major feature and/or concern.
Hydronic heating and cooling systems
Ever heard of hydronic heating and cooling? Like the name suggests, this kind of system uses water to heat or cool a space. They’re well-known for their energy efficiency and even temperature distribution, providing very comfortable and unobtrusive control of your climate. They are often used in radiant floor heating and cooling systems.
Ducted air conditioning
And how about ducted systems? This kind of HVAC system provides whole-house heating and cooling through a network of ducts and vents which can help you control temperature according to particular “zones”. Ducted systems are quiet and unobtrusive, and can be highly energy-efficient when designed and installed correctly.
Depending on the kind of air conditioner you’re after, there will be particular brands available to you – brands, that is, that specialise in the particular kind of system you’re exploring.
We suggest thinking firstly about the kind of system that’s right for you, then selecting a brand specialising in that kind of system. If you’re unsure about where to start with this, just let us know – our friendly team proudly offers free, generous support either in person or over the phone on 1300 766 940.
What are Some Reputable Air Conditioning Brands?
Reputable air conditioning brands prioritise things like technical innovation, product quality, long warranty periods and customer service/satisfaction.
At G Store, we’re proud to work with several trusted air conditioning brands in Victoria known for their overall commitment to excellence:
Panasonic air conditioners
Panasonic is a company renowned for its rich history of producing high-quality air HVAC and conditioning solutions. Their mission revolves around creating comfortable, healthy living environments while also helping to reduce customers’ environmental impact. Panasonic’s nanoe™X air conditioning and purification technology stands out, offering 24-hour air purification that helps to inhibit things like bacteria, viruses, and allergens, making these units an ideal choice for those with asthma or other allergy-related concerns.
Daikin air conditioning
Daikin is another brand considered to be a global leader in air conditioning technology. This particular brand is known for its commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency, with quality products designed to provide maximum comfort while also minimising environmental impact. Daikin proudly offers a wide range of great HVAC solutions, including split, multi-split and ducted systems.
LG air conditioning systems
LG is a name that’s synonymous with cutting-edge technology and innovation across aircon, HVAC, solar and beyond. Their ducted air conditioning units and systems offer highly precise zoning and energy efficiency, making this brand an excellent choice for whole-house cooling in particular. Many of LG’s air conditioning systems can also be controlled via smartphones, providing convenience and energy savings.
Mitsubishi heating and cooling
Mitsubishi Electric is yet another reputable brand stocked by us at G Store and recognised for its high-quality air conditioning systems. The brand’s particular focus on energy efficiency and advanced technologies ensures you can maintain a comfortable indoor environment year-round while also helping to reduce your energy consumption.
No matter which of these you might choose, all of these brands have earned their reputations through years of dedication to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction. At G Store, we promise you systems of the highest quality, ensuring you get many years (and perhaps even decades) out of your chosen air conditioning system.
What is the difference between cheap air conditioning systems and more expensive ones?
As you may have guessed by now, the price of an air conditioner often reflects its quality, features, and long-term cost-effectiveness.
As such, here are some key differentiators to be aware of between cheap and expensive air conditioning systems. When choosing an air conditioning brand, we suggest researching brands across at least the following four markers of success:
Reputation: Reputable air conditioning brands have a proven track record of delivering reliable products and exceptional customer support. Cheap alternatives may lack this reputation, leading to potential reliability issues and limited warranty coverage.
Quality design: High-quality components, design and materials are essential for air conditioning systems to perform really efficiently with ensured longevity. Reputable HVAC brands always invest in research and development to ensure the durability and performance of their products.
Warranty periods: Top-tier brands typically offer more extended warranty periods, providing peace of mind and protection against unexpected repair costs. Cheaper alternatives may come with limited or shorter warranties.
Technology: Expensive air conditioning systems often incorporate advanced technologies that enhance energy efficiency and comfort. These technologies can result in significant long-term savings on energy bills.
Importantly, note this: while cheaper air conditioners could seem like a more cost-effective choice upfront, they often lead to higher energy bills, more frequent repairs, and a shorter lifespan over time. Investing in a reputable HVAC brand with trusted products ensures that you receive a high-quality air conditioning system with much better long-term value.
Which air conditioner brand is most ethical?
This is a good question!
Determining the most ethical air conditioner brand requires considering various factors, such as environmental responsibility, sustainable practices, and ethical labour standards. Remember that the cheaper a product, the less likely it is that this brand dedicates resources to ethical production standards.
It’s well-known that brands like Panasonic and Daikin have made significant efforts to reduce their environmental impact by developing energy-efficient products and implementing sustainable manufacturing processes.
However, ethical standards can vary depending on specific criteria across a particular product range, making it essential to research and evaluate brands based on your ethical priorities.
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Which air conditioning brand has the best technology?
Okay. When it comes to advanced technology in air conditioning, there’s one particular system that’s worth taking a look at.
Panasonic’s nanoe™X reverse cycle air conditioner stands out as a complete game-changer – and particularly so in the era of COVID. This innovative unit offers a range of benefits, including:
Active deodorisation: nanoe™X effectively eliminates strong and unpleasant odours, creating a fresher and more pleasant indoor environment
Inhibition of bacteria and viruses: This technology actively inhibits the activity of airborne and adhered bacteria and viruses, promoting healthier indoor air quality
Moisturises and hydrates: nanoe™X combines with natural skin oils, leading to smoother, well-hydrated skin and sleeker hair
Environmental impact: Panasonic’s nanoe™X has received recognition from the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program as an air purifying solution suitable for those with asthma or allergies
Overall, nanoe™X is a testament to Panasonic’s incredible staunch commitment to innovation and improving the quality of the air you breathe indoors, making this air conditioning unit a top choice for those seeking cutting-edge technology in air conditioning.
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