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What Appliance to Buy to Cool your Home Efficiently

Split System Air-Conditioner

Lots of questions out there on which appliance to buy to cool your home without costing the earth on your energy bills.  As energy bills are on the rise it’s not just a case of the cost of the appliance you need to take into consideration, you also need to factor in the annual running cost of the appliance.

That’s where SESM come to the rescue, not only can you compare the prices on all the top brands of the latest Air Conditioners and Fans, you can also compare the annual running cost with Save Energy, Save Money.

The first thing to establish is how are you going to cool your home, if you’re in a rental then you only have a few options. Fans are a great way to cool your home and they cost next to nothing to run.  Ceiling fans are a cheap way of cooling your home, however in rentals it might not be possible to install them, therefore look to buy a pedestal fan they are relatively in expensive and cheap to run making them the cheapest cooling option for your home. You can move it with you wherever you are in the home and fans can make you feel up to 5 degrees cooler.  Adjust the height on the pedestal fan to keep you cool no matter if you’re at your desk or standing up making your lunch.

Other options for rentals are Portable Air Conditioners or Window Air Conditioners, Portable Air Conditioners may still require venting so ensure you check the user manual to make sure whatever option you chose will be suitable for your home.  Not every portable air conditioner requires venting there are many varieties to suite all styles of home’s.  Ensure you buy the right size for the room you want to cool.

If you’re unsure of what size to buy you can check out our buying guides and they will give you an understanding of what you need for your home.

If you own your own home installing celling fans would be a first step in cooling your home cheaply and sustainably, ensure you install fans with a reverse function so that you can reverse the fan during the cooler months to push the warm air down.

Portable and Window Air Conditioners are still an option for those who own their own home, as are Split System Air Conditioners which would be one of the best ways of cooling down your room, however they are the most expensive to buy, that’s why it’s important you get the right size of A/C unit for your home.

Don’t always rely on your appliances to cool your home, where possible look into passive cooling options and ensure you make the most of the cool night air by opening up windows and doors and trapping that cool air in!

What appliance do you use to cool your home? Please share any tips you have we would love to hear from you!

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Julie Moore is Co-founder & Director of Save Energy Save Money, Australia’s first energy and price comparison website. With over 10 years’ experience in the corporate world Julie ensures Save Energy Save Money provides you with the energy information you need to make informed decisions. Helping to contribute to a more sustainable Australia.

6 thoughts on “What Appliance to Buy to Cool your Home Efficiently

    1. admin

      Hi Sam,

      It depends on how you plan to use it. Split Systems are undeniably the best for cooling power, however they are restricted to the room they are installed in. In order to cool your home efficiently we suggest closing the doors and windows to the rest of the house and only cooling the room you are in. Portable Air Conditioners are still great at cooling your home, however they have the added benefit of moving with you from room to room. You would only have to purchase one unit that can travel with you in your home cooling the room you are in. Split Systems would only cool the room its installed in.

      Hope this helps please let me know if we can Assist further

      SESM Team

      1. Luke5

        I disagree completely just bought a portable A/C and it was rubbish, had to sell it the buy a split system. The portable unit couldn’t handle it and it nearly felt like it was making a difference. Do yourself a favour and just buy a split system and save yourself the extra cost & hassel!

  1. JasonSeven

    Luke I think you may have had a faulty unit as I have a portable A/C and it works a treat. I couldn’t live without it and I live in SA. Portable’s are cheaper and less hassle to install. I use mine mainly in the living room and it’s an open plan area, I bought Omega’s OAPC18 its cooling only but does the trick!

    1. admin

      Hi HTEQ, we recommend keeping your thermostat at a cool 24 degree in summer, dress down keep the fan on and reach for a cold drink and that should take the heat out.


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