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Air-conditioners

Heating and cooling for your home - without sacrificing your comfort or costing a fortune - can be done efficiently by installing a reverse cycle air-conditioner.

Compare air-conditioner star-ratings

Compare energy star ratings
  • Use the energy rating labels to find the most efficient system for your needs. The star rating for cooling is shown in a blue semi-circle; heating in a red crescent.
  • The more stars, the less money you lose on running costs.
  • Compare models with the same star-ratings and capacity output using the energy consumption specification in the middle of the label.
  • The lower the energy consumption score, the less money you spend on running costs.

Cut your air-conditioner running costs by 10 per cent with every extra energy-rating star.

Calculate the air-conditioner running costs

Running costs can exceed the purchase price of some electrical appliances, so use the Energy Rating Calculator to calculate the energy efficiency of air-conditioners before you buy.

The Energy Rating Label, displayed on all new electrical appliances, can help you compare the long-term value offered by different appliances running costs:

  • Every extra star on the Energy Rating Label can save around 10 per cent on the running costs of an air-conditioner.
  • You could save a further 10 to 20 per cent by setting the thermostat between 23°C and 26°C when in cooling mode. When in heating mode, set your thermostat at 18°C to 21°C.
  • Gas heaters and reverse-cycle air-conditioners produce around one-third of the emissions of electric heaters.
  • Fans are much cheaper to run than air-conditioners.
  • Air-conditioners come in both cooling only and reverse cycle models, which provide both heating and cooling.
  • Seek professional advice to make sure you get an air-conditioner with the right output capacity for the room you will be cooling.
  • Look for an inverter model, as they’re quieter to run and give additional energy savings.
  • Consider replacing an air-conditioner that is more than 10 years old with a newer more efficient model. Older units can be costly to maintain and use more electricity.

You’ll find more information on air conditioning on our Heating Your Home and Cooling Your Home page.

 

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Page last updated: 10 December 2015