Air Conditioning

Air-Conditioner Features

Air-Conditioning Features
Air-Conditioning Features

Air-Conditioners come in a variety of styles and capabilities. In this brief article, we look at important features that you should be aware of when reviewing a new air-conditioner for your home or business. This will help you make an informed decision and select an air-conditioner that is suitable for your needs. For all air-conditioning sales, installation, repair and servicing on the northern Sunshine Coast, please contact our team. We provide a complete air-conditioner service, in addition to being approved warranty-repairers for major brands.

Energy Efficiency

Choosing efficient appliances is important for the environment and the back pocket. Depending on the climate zone, heating and/or cooling can account for 20% to 50% of energy used in Australian homes. [energy.gov.au] That’s quite a lot when you think about tit. The best way to understand the energy-efficiency of an air-conditioner is to evaluate the mandatory energy rating label on the box:

Energy Rating Labels

These labels give immediate insight into the energy-rating of the appliance, and can help you to evaluate the running costs of your air-conditioner in conjunction with the other features it offers.

More Stars on the Label Means:

  1. More Energy Efficiency
  2. Lower Power Bills
  3. Less Damage to the Environment

Refrigerant Type: R-32

The type of refrigerant used by an air-conditioner has an impact on both operational efficiency and environmental impact. Air-conditioners heat or cool the room by transferring heat via refrigerant. R-32 is a refrigerant used increasingly as the best commercially available option. It can reduce electricity consumption by approximately 10%, and has a lower environmental impact. [daikin.com]

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Cooling & Reverse Cycle

An important choice to make up front is whether your air-conditioner will be cooling, or reverse-cycle. Here is the difference:

Cooling: This means that the air-conditioner only cools the air.

Reverse Cycle: The air-conditioner can cool and heat the air.

If you’re on the Sunshine Coast and thinking, “I only need to keep cool in summer!”, then please don’t forget that our winters can be pretty chilly. A reverse-cycle air-conditioner is a great way to combat the winter cold, as well as keep you warm in summer.

What’s the Difference Between a Split System & a Reverse-Cycle Air-Conditioner?

These are 2 totally different things. A split system is a type of air-conditioner configuration, and gets its name from the fact that it is made up of two separate components, one inside and one outside. You can read more about split systems here. Reverse-cycle, on the other hand, refers to an air-conditioner mode where the internal air is heated, not cooled. In other words, you can have a split system air-conditioner with a reverse cycle feature.

Air Quality

Air quality is an important, but often overlooked issue, which can be addressed by the right type of air-conditioner. Most known for their abilities to cool or heat rooms, some air-conditioners can also help address air quality, and lessen the impact of related issues including respiratory conditions, allergic episodes, headaches, skin issues, strange smells, and mould growth. To best understand the air-quality capabilities of your prospective air-conditioner, check for options such as filtration, mould-proof operation, auto-cleaning, odour decomposition and bacteria deactivation. Air-conditioners can do much more than simply heat and cool your rooms!

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Connectivity

Appliances are getting smarter and air-conditioners are no exception. While the standard has always been operation via remote control, some AC units can now be operated by app on your phone or via smart home devices such as Google Home. In addition to this type of capability for new units, some brands also sell retro-fitting kits which enables this type of technology to be applied to older units. An example of this is the Fujitsu anywAIR technology Wi-Fi device.

Noise Reduction

Coming to terms with the noise levels associated with air-conditioners is important. Features such as Quiet Operation (Daikin) or Low Noise Mode (Fujitsu) can produce whisper-quiet AC under certain operational parameters. It’s important to understand that air-conditioner noise may be internal or external, depending on the type of air-conditioning unit you’re running and how it is being used. You need to consider both – you may not be able to hear your outdoor unit, but your neighbours may!

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Humidity Reduction: Dry Mode

If you lived on the Sunshine Coast during the first 4 months of 2022, you may be familiar with the problems associated with mould. Following a particularly rainy period during this time, mould growth was abundant as a result of humidity and a lack of sunshine. Dry mode is one option which is useful for battling mould, and comes as standard on many modern air-conditioners. This mode de-humidifies the room, and makes conditions less favourable for mould growth. In addition, it can be used as a more economical cooling method on days when high humidity is causing discomfort.

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Rust Prevention

Rust prevention is an important consideration on the Sunshine Coast due to proximity to the ocean. For outdoor electrical units such as air-conditioning condensers, the elements can take a toll. Corrosion-resistance treatments are included in some air-conditioner models. We can also apply a rust-prevention application which will help protect your air-conditioner from the elements. Talk to our team to find out more information.

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Further Reading

Air-Conditioning Upgrades

Is it time to upgrade your air-conditioner? On the northern Sunshine Coast, our team is ready to bring you up to date. We can help you upgrade any type of system and our team will remove the old unit to make things easier for you. Contact us to discuss your residential and commercial AC upgrades…

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Air-Conditioning Repairs

For all AC repairs on the northern part of the Sunshine Coast, talk to our team today. We’re experienced air-conditioner electricians with a proud service history going back to 1973. We work on all aspects of air-conditioning including design, sales & installation, servicing & maintenance, repairs & upgrades. We’re here to make air-conditioning easy for…

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Air-Conditioning Design

If you’re considering purchasing an air-conditioner, whether it’s for a single room or multiple rooms, an important consideration is matching the machine to the task. Ensuring an appropriate air-conditioning solution is in place is essential for efficient, sustained operation. Air-conditioners come in a wide range of types, sizes and capabilities (learn more about them here),…

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Air Conditioning Cleaning, Servicing & Maintenance

A proactive approach to cleaning and servicing your air-conditioner is essential to extend its life and ensure it is operational when you need it most – in the heat of summer! We offer a complete range of AC cleaning and maintenance services in Noosa and surrounding suburbs, for split and ducted systems. Contact our team to organise a service today:

Split System Clean

From $120 +GST
Full system check
Flush & check drain
Spray coils with cleaning spray
Hand clean cover & clean filters
Outdoor unit check

Split System Deep Clean

From $200 +GST
Full system check
Degrease fan barrel & evaporator coils
Flush & inspect pan drain
Spray clean coils & fan barrel
Cleaning agent application
Flush & inspect pan drain
Remove odour, mould, contaminants and bacteria
Clean cover & filters
Outdoor unit check

Ducted System Clean

From $150 +GST
Full system check
Filter Removed & Cleaned
Registers checked for airflow & cleaned
Indoor unit checked for leaks and drain flushed
Outdoor unit check & contaminant removal

Rust Prevention Application | From $150 + GST

A major challenge for outdoor AC condenser units on the Sunshine Coast is the onset of rust (due to exposure and proximity to the ocean) and small creatures like Geckos. Our rust prevention application helps your system last longer, with benefits including:

Insulates P.C. boards, protecting them from moisture, vermin and corrosion.
Non-conductive with minimal affect efficiency or heat transfer.
UV, heat and cold resistant which reduces yellowing and cracking.
Extends the serviceability of the unit components.
Contains salt inhibitors, repels water and has great chemical resistance.
Reduces mould developing on the components.


Air-Conditioner Service FAQ

How often should I get my air-conditioner cleaned?

We recommend regular cleaning. The more often you use your air-conditioner, the more often it should be cleaned. Apart from ensuring the system is running properly, regular cleaning can minimise the health issues associated with an unclean machine – for example, regular cleaning will prevent a build-up of mould, which is detrimental to have circulating in your home.

When is the best time to organise an AC service or clean?

The best time is between April and September. This is for two reasons:

1. Summer is an exceptionally busy time for electrical providers on the Sunshine Coast, and it may be difficult to book your clean or service during summer months.
2. It’s better to get ready for summer, rather than to wait for your unit to fail when you need it most – when it’s scorching hot.

My Air-Conditioner isn’t Working – What Should I Do?

If your air-conditioner isn’t working, it may need repair, or replacement! Contact our team. We will assess the situation and organise a solution for you.

Is the Rust Prevention Application Harmful to Geckos?

No. The anti-rust application creates a physical barrier which protects components from exposure to moisture, salt and creatures.

Air-Conditioning Upgrades

Air-Conditioner Upgrades Sunshine Coast
Air-Conditioner Upgrades Sunshine Coast

Is it time to upgrade your air-conditioner? On the northern Sunshine Coast, our team is ready to bring you up to date. We can help you upgrade any type of system and our team will remove the old unit to make things easier for you. Contact us to discuss your residential and commercial AC upgrades today, and we will help you connect with the right system to suit your needs.

When Is The Best Time To Upgrade?

On the Sunshine Coast, the best time to upgrade your air-conditioner is between April and September. The reason for this is that the hotter months become very busy for electrical service providers, and it can be more difficult to arrange a booking during this peak time. By the way, that’s also most likely to be the time you discover your system needs to be replaced! So if you’re in any doubt and your system is getting old, a proactive approach will achieve a better result for you.

Split System Air-Conditioner Upgrades

Talk to our team for assistance with your split-system air-conditioner upgrade. Noosa Electric Co specialises in AC solutions. In addition to replacing your old system, we can also help guide you to an optimum system to switch to from the major brands we work with, and provide warranty (and non-warranty) support to you into the future. It’s all part of our service! Right now, you can take advantage of Fujitsu’s Free Money Offer which includes split system air-conditioner purchases.

Ducted Air-Conditioner Upgrades

Is it time to upgrade your ducted air-conditioner to a modern ducted solution. Ducted AC is a different type of work than other AC jobs, because of the integration of the ducted unit into the premises and specialised skills required. We are uniquely equipped to assist with ducted upgrades for these reasons:

  1. Our skillset includes both Electricians with Split System Installers Licences and Refrigeration Mechanics. This depth of experience gives us the capability to ensure work on your ducted air-conditioner will proceed according to plan.
  2. Ducted AC work can be complex and involved. We have a large, qualified team, and assemble the specific staff needed to manage and complete your project.
  3. Our business includes a warehousing capability to facilitate the storage and deployment of bulky ducted AC components.

Talk to us for a ducted upgrade and access benefits including:

  • Enhanced efficiency of a modern system
  • Reduced running costs
  • Quieter and more effective cooling
  • Environmentally superior solutions

As mentioned above, between April and September are the best times to organise a ducted air-conditioner upgrade (the summer period is a peak time and it may prove challenging to organise work of this nature during this busy time). Right now, you can take advantage of Fujitsu’s Free Money Offer which includes ducted air-conditioner purchases.

AC Upgrades vs AC Repairs

An upgrade isn’t always the best option. It makes sense to extend the life of your existing air-conditioner as long as possible. If your AC is on the blink and is within its warranty, don’t hesitate to contact our team for an assessment and resolution. We’re an approved warranty-repair provider for major brands, and can also assist with out-of-warranty repairs as well.

Air-Conditioning Repairs

Air-Conditioner Repairs Sunshine Coast
Air-Conditioner Repairs Sunshine Coast

For all AC repairs on the northern part of the Sunshine Coast, talk to our team today. We’re experienced air-conditioner electricians with a proud service history going back to 1973. We work on all aspects of air-conditioning including design, sales & installation, servicing & maintenance, repairs & upgrades. We’re here to make air-conditioning easy for you.

Warranty Repairs

Noosa Electric Co. is a warranty repair agent for most major air-conditioning brands on the Sunshine Coast. Our team of fully qualified and experienced Refrigeration Engineers are ready to assist in getting your cooling and heating back up and running with no fuss, in the minimum amount of time.

Non-Warranty Repairs

With extensive knowledge and experience, our engineers are ready to assist in getting your air conditioning back up and running in no time.  If your system is unable to be, or uneconomical to repair, our friendly team can provide you with pricing and guidance on the right replacement system to meet your needs.

Brands We Work With

Noosa Electric Co works on all major air-conditioning brands. We’ve been servicing the Sunshine Coast since 1973 with appliance repairs, so whether it’s a popular brand like Daikin, Fujitsu, Samsung or Panasonic, or a less-known brand, our team will be able to help.

Common Issues

Air conditioners can have a range of issues. Common problems we tend to include: not turning on / off, incorrect temperature, not maintaining temperature, making noises, bad smells, buttons not working, error codes, and many others!

Book a Repair

Simply book your repair online, and our friendly team will quickly be in touch to confirm a time that suits you to come and take a look at your air-conditioning unit:

Air-Conditioning Design

Air-Conditioning Design Sunshine Coast
Air-Conditioning Design Sunshine Coast

If you’re considering purchasing an air-conditioner, whether it’s for a single room or multiple rooms, an important consideration is matching the machine to the task. Ensuring an appropriate air-conditioning solution is in place is essential for efficient, sustained operation. Air-conditioners come in a wide range of types, sizes and capabilities (learn more about them here), and selecting the appropriate brand and model for your needs is critical to achieve a great result.

How we Assist

Noosa Electric Co are air-conditioning experts on the northern part of the Sunshine Coast. Based in Noosaville, our mobile team are here to assist with air-conditioning design, sales & installation, servicing & maintenance, repairs / warranty repairs and upgrades. We are approved warranty repairers for most major brands and are here to assist with every part of your air-conditioner journey.

We can help you determine the best air-conditioner solution for your needs by appraising your premises and functional requirements to completely understand the possibilities and limitations, before arriving at the most appropriate solution for your situation.

Sales & Installation

In addition to assessing your premises and determine the right type of AC system for your home or business, Noosa Electric Co can also help with the sale and installation of your new air-conditioner. Our electricians are licensed, qualified and experienced, ready to take on your project and make it a success.

Sales & Installation – More Information

Air-Conditioner Design – Get Started

To get started, simply contact our customer service team. With our assistance, we will help connect you with the right configuration for your needs, for an optimal result. Whether you’re looking to cool a single room or a whole home, the Noosa Electric Co Team is here to assist.

Understanding Different Types of Air-Conditioners

Air-conditioning Solutions Noosa
Air-conditioning Solutions Noosa

Air-Conditioners come in many shapes and sizes. If you’re considering an air-conditioner for your home or business, it can be helpful to understand the variations, and installation considerations, to help make informed decisions. For all air-conditioning sales, installation, repair and servicing on the northern Sunshine Coast, please contact our team. We provide a complete air-conditioner service, in addition to being approved warranty-repairers for major brands.

Reviewing Your Internal Layout

It is essential to review the layout of your premises to best align with an optimal air-conditioning solution. Don’t worry – we help with this as part of our sales and installation process. Some of the questions you need to ask include:

  1. How many rooms do I want to cool?
  2. What is the floor size of those rooms (in square metres)
  3. How many levels are there in the premises?
  4. Is it for residential or commercial purposes?

Types of Air-Conditioners

Following are popular, common styles of air-conditioning solutions. At Noosa Electric Co, our sales and installations include either split systems or ducted systems, but our AC technicians perform repairs, servicing and maintenance on most common air-conditioner modalities.

Portable & Window Air Conditioners

Portable air-conditioners are a single, standalone unit that you plug in to use, like any other appliance. They can be moved from room to room. Window air-conditioners are similar, except that they are mounted in a window frame. Both of these options are relatively cheap and involve little or no installation. However, their energy-efficiency, running costs, cooling-efficiency and appearance may not make them practical for a long-term air-conditioning solution.

Split System Air Conditioners

Split systems are one of the most popular air-conditioning options for homes and businesses on the Sunshine Coast. Split system air conditioning units are so named because they are made up of 2 separate components, an indoor and an outdoor unit (see below). Unlike the combined units mentioned above (portable and window air-conditioners) the separation of components in the split system design enables better efficiency and also achieves a more streamlined interior appearance, when you consider the capability of the unit. Split system air-conditioners require installation by a professional electrician.

There are quite a few choices to make when evaluating a split system for your home or business. Our team is here to help. We can guide you to a suitable brand and model for your purposes, and our electricians will install the unit for you.

Indoor Unit

The indoor unit is mounted inside on the wall, and emits cool air into the room. This is the unit that you control (for example with a remote control) to manage the internal temperature. This unit is connected to the outdoor unit.

Indoor air-conditioning unit
Indoor air-conditioning unit

Outdoor Unit

Also known as the condenser or heat exchanger, the outdoor unit sits outside and works together with the indoor unit to produce your air-conditioning.

This image displays the external unit in a split system configuration. You can see the external unit, which is connected to the internal unit by the vertical piping.

Split System Air Conditioner
Split System Air Conditioner

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Multi-Head Split System Air Conditioners

Different types of split systems can be used for different internal cooling requirements. When there are multiple rooms to cool, a multi-head (or multi-split) system is an option to consider. With a multi-head split system, a single outdoor unit is linked to multiple indoor units (rather than just the standard single unit). This enables cooling of multiple, separate rooms.

Whether you need a single split system air-conditioner or a multi-head unit will depend on how many rooms you wish to temperature-control, and whether the rooms are connected or separate.

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The Split System Advantage

A key advantage of split systems is that they can be easily retro-fitted to established homes or businesses. This isn’t always possible with a ducted air-conditioner (see below), which are integrated into the actual building, usually at the time of construction.

Floor Standing Air Conditioners

Floor-standing units are like a split system in all regards except that they are mounted on the floor (split systems are mounted on the wall). Otherwise, they’re the same – there is an indoor unit, an outdoor unit, and they can be retro-fitted to a home or business by a licensed electrician.

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Ducted Air-Conditioners

Ducted air-conditioners are an integrated air-conditioning system that is built into the actual structure, usually at the time of construction. They can be used to cool an entire building, and perform large-scale cooling more efficiently than other types of air-conditioners. Ducted systems involve an outdoor unit, an indoor unit (unlike the split system, this indoor unit is tucked away out of sight), and the ducts, which run from the central unit through to other rooms, and which give the system its name.

Ducted systems have a very low internal profile – all of the works are hidden from sight, and the air flows from discreet vents.

Ducted air-conditioning systems are optimal for larger homes or commercial premises with single or multiple rooms. However, because ducted systems are built into the structure, it may be difficult or impossible to retro-fit them.

Bulkhead Air-Conditioning Systems

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Bulkhead air-conditioning systems have similarities to both split systems and ducted systems. They’re for apartments or single-room cooling, and involve an outdoor unit, and an internal unit. Unlike split systems, whose internal unit is visible, the internal bulkhead unit is tucked away off to the side of the ceiling space, emitting cool air into the room via a low-profile grille. This makes for a low-profile air-conditioning solution. Like ducted systems, bulkhead systems are integrated into the structure and their installation generally need to be done as part of a construction or renovation process.

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Cassette Air Conditioners

Cassette air conditioners are also based in the ceiling. However, unlike bulkhead systems, which are discretely tucked away, cassette systems are built into the ceiling, usually in the centre of the room, and although they’re inline with the ceiling the unit is visible. This type of system is extremely effective as its central location enables the immediate 360 degree distribution of cool air around the room. Cassette air conditioners are better suited to light-commercial or commercial applications.

Fujitsu Cassette Air Conditioner
Fujitsu Cassette Air Conditioner

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Further Reading

Air-Conditioning Upgrades

Is it time to upgrade your air-conditioner? On the northern Sunshine Coast, our team is ready to bring you up to date. We can help you upgrade any type of system and our team will remove the old unit to make things easier for you. Contact us to discuss your residential and commercial AC upgrades…

Continue Reading Air-Conditioning Upgrades

Air-Conditioning Repairs

For all AC repairs on the northern part of the Sunshine Coast, talk to our team today. We’re experienced air-conditioner electricians with a proud service history going back to 1973. We work on all aspects of air-conditioning including design, sales & installation, servicing & maintenance, repairs & upgrades. We’re here to make air-conditioning easy for…

Continue Reading Air-Conditioning Repairs

Air-Conditioning Design

If you’re considering purchasing an air-conditioner, whether it’s for a single room or multiple rooms, an important consideration is matching the machine to the task. Ensuring an appropriate air-conditioning solution is in place is essential for efficient, sustained operation. Air-conditioners come in a wide range of types, sizes and capabilities (learn more about them here),…

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