Which Air Conditioner Is Best For Small Spaces?

The days are getting longer (and hotter) – and if you’re anything like our customers who live in apartments or smaller houses, the dread of returning to a hot home is completely, entirely real.

As such, the pursuit of finding efficient and budget-friendly HVAC solutions for smaller spaces has become the specialty of all-electric experts, like our team. For those living in smaller spaces, there are a huge range of benefits – however, finding the perfect air conditioner is often one of the more complex tasks, a decision influenced by spatial constraints, regulations, and other factors.

In this handy guide, our seasoned HVAC team explores the world of cooling and heating solutions tailored for small spaces, with a spotlight on the most suitable air conditioners for apartments.

Let’s get cracking!

How do different types of air con work?

Before we help you select the ideal air conditioner for your needs, budget and interests, it’s crucial to understand the basics of how these systems operate.

Let’s begin here: most small space air conditioners (typically split-systems) function via an exchange process between an evaporator (typically the indoor unit, mounted high on the wal) and a condenser (usually the outdoor unit).

This intricate dance involves the transformation of a liquid refrigerant into a gas within the evaporator component of the air conditioning system, absorbing and removing the heat from the indoor air. The cooled air is then circulated throughout the living space via ducts or other interior units incorporated within the system.

What options are there for a small space air conditioner?

The Victorian HVAC market offers a diverse array of air conditioning system designs, models and solutions, each designed to cater to customers’ specific needs and contexts.

The broad range of air con categories include:

  • Split-system air conditioners
  • Multi-split system air conditioners
  • Ducted air conditioning systems
  • Evaporative cooling systems
  • Hydronic heating/cooling systems
  • Portable air conditioners
  • Window/wall air conditioners

Choosing the right type depends on various factors, such as the size of the space you’re cooling (and/or heating), any budget constraints, available rebates, your preference for sustainable energy sources, and the architectural design of the apartment or space that you’re working within.

Of course, installing air conditioning in apartments comes with its own set of challenges, especially in heritage-listed buildings or buildings with certain owners’ corporation restrictions or guidelines in place.

For example, restrictions regarding whether or not units can be installed on the exterior of apartment buildings, as well as interior areas with limited wall space, can complicate the process even further.

What are the best small space air conditioners?

Overall, we recommend looking for an air conditioning solution that’s:

Compact and aesthetically pleasing (essential in a small space)
Incorporates a variety of functionalities into a single system

Here are some options:

Split-system air conditioners

Ideal for apartments with enclosed balconies and available internal wall space.
Offers a variety of efficient options with constant technological advancements.
Keep an eye out for upcoming specials on high-efficiency air conditioners in 2023.

Multi-split systems

Operates similarly to split-systems but allows for multiple indoor units connected to a single exterior unit. Suitable for apartments with multiple rooms requiring cooling.
Provides flexibility and customisation options.

Portable AC units

Offers a non-invasive solution for apartments where installation restrictions may exist.
Less efficient than split-systems but effective for cooling small spaces. Keep an eye on the evolving landscape of climate concerns and possible changes in unit installation restrictions. While these units are vastly non-invasive, they can be unsightly and inefficient.

>Window air conditioners

Older-style units that sit in place of a window for ventilation. Some models may be unsightly and noisy, as well as being vastly less efficient than their counterparts. Consider the impact these units might have on rest or sleeping areas due to potential noise issues. We generally do not recommend this option.

A standout option: the Panasonic nanoe™X Split-System Air Conditioner

As split-system air conditioners gain popularity, the Panasonic nanoe™X stands out for its innovation and performance. Key features include:

nanoe™X Technology: An advanced air purification system removing allergens, dust and other particles from your atmosphere
Super energy-efficient: Equipped with intelligent sensors for optimal energy consumption
User-friendly operation: Effortless customisation options here, plus remote management
Quiet operation: This unit is specifically engineered for a peaceful atmosphere
Sleek build: This beautiful unit blends sophistication with minimalist aesthetics.

Struggling to choose the best air con for your small space or apartment? You’re not alone.

In the ever-evolving landscape of Victoria’s available HVAC technology, finding the best air conditioner for a small space really does involve a comprehensive examination of various factors.

We recommend staying informed, dedicating time to doing your research, comparing the various features of available units, and making your decisions based on personal needs for year-round comfort.

With over 15 years of expertise, our G Store team is poised to guide you towards the optimal HVAC solution, ensuring your small space remains a beautifully cool haven of comfort throughout every season.

Wrapping up

Looking for more info on the best air conditioners in Victoria, plus the brands and models we stock and recommend for small spaces here at G Store?

Visit our Learning Centre today, or give our award-winning G Store team a call today on 1300 766 940 for free, generous advice regarding all of your questions.

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