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Buying an air conditioner is not easy! In fact, it can be downright overwhelming. So we’ve answered some of the pressing questions on purchasing an air conditioner to help you keep your cool!

If you’ve been searching online for ‘Air Conditioners Newcastle‘, ‘Air Conditioner Newcastle‘, ‘Air Conditioning Units Newcastle‘, ‘Air Conditioning Sales Newcastle‘ or similar terms, you’ll find a massive range of choices, so how do you find the right solution?

What sort of air conditioning unit should you consider and who should you get to install it? Here at JBE Industries, we aim to help make your decisions a little easier. Read through this page of information for a few tips and then give one of our friendly team a call - 02 4947 1371, so we can assist you with all your air conditioner needs!

The Newcastle air conditioner market is a very competitive field, including retailers and full-service air conditioner companies. There’s plenty of choice out there, but it’s essential to find a Newcastle air conditioning company with a proven history and the ability to back up what they say.

JBE Industries has established itself as a leader in the residential and commercial split and ducted air conditioning market with over a decade of providing Newcastle, Coast and Hunter residents and businesses with first-rate service and true value for money.

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Newcastle and surrounds experience a lot of heat through the summer, placing a heavy drain on air conditioning units throughout the year.

Whether you have a split system air conditioner or ducted air conditioning system, if it’s unmatched to the environment, it simply won’t be effective.

By getting a JBE Team specialist out to your home they can take into consideration your needs, the individual aspects of your property and provide the latest solutions. With these factors considered they can draw up a cost and obligation free proposal to cool your house in summer and warm your home in winter. Then you can leave the air conditioning installation in the hands of a trusted JBE installer.

Types Of Air Conditioning Units Pros & Cons.

There are several important decisions that need to be made when considering the right air conditioning units for your home. The choice between different air conditioning units is best taken after discussing your specific requirements with one of JBE Air Conditioner team members. However, we’ve given you a few tips to get your started!

#1 Split System Air Conditioners
Split air conditioners consists of an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor air outlet that is usually hung on the wall. There is also the option of having multiple indoor air outlets connected to a single outdoor unit. Pipes connect the two units and the refrigerant is carried via these pipes. The indoor unit blows out cool air and the outdoor unit disperses the heat from the cooled area.

Pros:
• Great to cool/heat a specific area
• Flexible and easy installation
• Running costs generally lower than ducted
• Budget friendly; add indoor outlets as budget allows ​

Cons:
• Cool/heat only small to medium sized areas
• Running costs lower than ducted, but cools less space
• Can only link a maximum of 6 units
#2 Inverter Air Conditioners
When looking for an air conditioner, Newcastle retailers are likely to offer systems with inverter technology. The difference between a conventional air conditioner and one with inverter technology is that inverters can vary the compressor speed and maintain the set temperature.
With conventional systems, the compressor is either on at full capacity or it’s off. ​
Pros:
• More efficient and cost less to run ​

Cons:
• Can potentially cost more than a conventional unit
#3 Cooling Only Air Conditioners
Cooling only air conditioners do just that; they cool and do not have a heating function like reverse-cycle air conditioners. ​

Pros:
• Good for a small budget
• Suitable where heating is not required ​

Cons:
• When you need heating, you will have to purchase and run another heater which will increase energy usage and costs
#4 Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Units
It’s a smart choice to consider reverse cycle air conditioning units – Newcastle, Coast and Hunter experiences both hot and cool weather, so these units serve you throughout the year. The reverse cycle has the ability to both cool and heat. ​

Pros:
• Reverse-cycle units are more energy efficient than traditional heaters e.g. electric heaters
• They have the convenience of heating and cooling
• Cost less to run than traditional heaters ​

Cons:
• A fraction more expensive than cooling only systems
#5 Ducted Air Conditioning Units
​Ducted air conditioning consists of an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor unit which is concealed in the ceiling. The air is transported throughout the home via ductwork in the ceiling. Normally one duct goes to each room and the air is directed into the room via an outlet or vent. In some cases for larger areas, there may be two ducts and two outlets. ​

Ducted systems are controlled via a control panel whereby temperatures can be set and different parts of the house can be zoned so you can cool/heat as many or as few rooms as you like. Ducted systems and their air conditioning units can be cooling only or reverse cycle for cooling and heating. ​

Pros:
• Cools/heats the entire home
• It’s whisper quiet
• It is allergy friendly because it filters the air
• The control panel and zoning gives the homeowner better control over the system
• Zoning allows for better energy efficiency ​

Cons:
• Higher initial price tag
• Changes to an established home may be needed

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How Do I Make The Right Choice?

If you still can’t decide which system is for you, consider this.

If your budget allows for ducted air conditioning and you’re looking for something that’s whisper quiet and efficient, then go for ducted. If your budget is on the smaller side, you only need to cool one or two rooms and having a couple of compressors outside isn’t a problem, a split air conditioning unit is probably your best bet.

It all comes down to budget – initial spend and long term spend. Buy an air conditioner with the best cooling capacity for your space and one with the best Energy Star rating. Follow the link below to learn more about Energy Star ratings on appliances.

Common Features For Air Conditioning Units.

Let’s have a look at common features which will also play a part in your final decision.

#1 Fan speed

Look for a air conditioning unit that has a wide airflow range and multiple fan speeds.

#2 Restart delay

Does the system have a function whereby it is prevented from starting up again too soon after being switched off?

#3 Sensor

Check if the air conditioning unit has a sensor that detects whether someone is in the room so that the unit knows to keep working. This is handy if you’re not in the room all the time and can save energy.

#4 Remote control and control panels

Look for a air conditioner unit with a remote control that is easy to read. It should be large, have well-spaced buttons and a big, easy to read LCD screen. If you’re tech-savvy, you can even get air conditioners that are controlled via WiFi and smartphone apps.

#5 Sleep mode

This mode allows you to set your air conditioner so that it adjusts the temperature to comfortable levels while you’re sleeping and so it’s not working so hard. It also helps to keep the system nice and quiet.

#6 Adjustable louvres

If you want to direct the air flow, check that the system has adjustable and oscillating louvres.

#7 Operating modes

Check that the model includes auto, cool, heat, dry and fan only.

Auto automatically chooses the levels to keep the room at the selected temperature.
Cool pumps the heat from the inside to outside. Heat pumps the heat from the outside in.
Dry dehumidifies the air and cools the room slightly.
Fan only is blowing the air without heating, cooling or drying.

#8 Noise

All residential air conditioners are required by law to be labelled with the Sound Power Level (Lw), which is measured in decibels (dB). Check the label on your air conditioner to see how much noise the unit will make. The higher the sound power level, the louder the air conditioning unit will be.

Different types of units will have different sound levels; generally the bigger the motor, the higher the sound level. How noisy it is will determine where you need to locate it – ideally away from neighbours. In some instances, you may need to build a sound enclosure for the compressor. This will need to be factored into your budget.

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How To Determine The Right Sized Unit

This is one of the most important aspects of selecting the right air conditioner. The wrong sized air conditioning unit can lead to inefficiencies and loss of money.

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration and Heating (AIRAH) has a handy calculator that can help you to determine the total cooling requirement in kilowatts (kW) for your home or the areas you wish to cool.

When discussing air conditioning sales homeowners should request professional guidance on the correct sized system for their home. Air conditioning professionals should be able to perform an installation assessment and consider factors such as the size of the rooms, the height of your ceiling, insulation, the size and orientation of your windows, the size and orientation of your doors, sunlight and draughts. These will have a huge impact on the size and type of system needed.

Just because an air conditioning unit is big, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s efficient and will cool a small room more effectively. Models that are too powerful for a room will run for short periods to reach the set temperature; once reached, the system will stop. This will result in the room feeling less comfortable, plus increased energy usage due to the constant stop and start and early wear and tear.

On the other hand, if you purchase an air conditioner that’s too small and does not have enough power, it will have to work harder, it will use more energy than needed and wear out quickly.

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