Last updated on April 17, 2024

Different Types of air Conditioning System perfect for the Hunter Valley 

With so many different types of air conditioners out there, it’s tricky to understand where to start!

Key Takeaways

  • Split System Air Conditioners for Efficient Cooling

    Split system air conditioners are highly recommended for residential use in the Hunter Valley. They consist of indoor (evaporator) and outdoor (condenser) units and are energy-efficient, making them ideal for individual rooms or specific areas of the house. They can also function as reverse cycle systems for both cooling and heating, which is useful in varying weather conditions.

  • Ducted Air Conditioning Systems for Larger Spaces

    Ducted systems are perfect for larger homes or commercial spaces in the Hunter Valley, offering centralized cooling throughout the building. They provide zoned cooling, allowing different areas to be cooled independently, which is beneficial for optimizing energy use and comfort. Despite being more expensive to install, ducted systems are aesthetically pleasing and can lead to reduced energy bills over time.

  • Consider Energy Efficiency and Warranty

    When choosing an air conditioner, it’s crucial to consider energy efficiency ratings, cooling capacity, noise levels, and warranty coverage. Reputable brands like Fujitsu, ActronAir, and Daikin are recommended for their reliability and warranty policies. Be cautious of interest-free offers and hidden fees when shopping for air conditioning units to ensure you’re getting the best deal without unexpected costs.

Aussies know what a big difference air con makes, especially in the hot Australian summer! Here in the Hunter Valley, it’s not unusual to experience temperatures often over 30°C (86°F), with many residents dying to get out of the heat wherever possible 🥵.

A good air conditioning unit can make all the difference in the world. But with so many options, how do you choose? We’ve got a cool ❄️ guide for you to help make your decision easy and breezy.

When selecting the best air conditioner for your home or office in the Hunter Valley, it’s important to consider things such as climate, energy efficiency, cooling capacity, and cost. Read on to learn about the different air conditioning solutions and discover what could be best for your home.

Split System Air Conditioners ❄️

Split system air conditioner

Split system units are popular choices for residential cooling 🏡. They consist of an indoor unit (evaporator) and an outdoor unit (condenser). They are energy efficient, and provide effective cooling for individual rooms or specific areas of the house.

Split-system air conditioning units offer a cost-effective solution to cooling spaces from small bedrooms to larger living spaces. Split air conditioners also have the capacity to be installed as a reverse cycle ac system, offering both cooling and heating all year round!

If you are sensitive to noise 🔕, these smaller units are also often quieter than the ducted systems you’re about to learn about. However, with proper assessment and installation noise can be taken into account with both systems to ensure you get a peaceful sleep!

For those worried about maintenance. Servicing air-con systems is extremely straightforward, and you can keep your air con healthy with little effort. At Coalfields, we offer maintenance plans for your units, so you can keep cool with zero stress. If you have questions please give us a bell!

Ducted Air Conditioning Systems ❄️


Ideal for larger homes or commercial spaces, ducted systems provide centralised cooling throughout the entire building. 🏢 They are discreet and offer zoned cooling, allowing different areas to be cooled independently. There are many brands that offer ducted systems, such as Fujitsu, with high energy efficiency ratings and advanced features that could be useful to your space.

Ducted air conditioners can offer a reduced energy bill 💸, allowing for complete control over temperature and climate inside your home. However, they can be a little more expensive to install. They are also more aesthetically pleasing than most split-system units.

Common types of ducted system include:

  • Single Zone Ducted System: A basic type of ducted air conditioning system focusing on cooling or heating a single zone or area.
  • Multi-Zone Ducted System: With the ability to cool or heat multiple zones or rooms independently.
  • Hybrid Ducted System: Combining ducted air conditioning with other technologies, such as heat pumps or solar panels, to optimize energy efficiency.
  • Reverse Cycle Ducted air Conditioning: For both heating and cooling.

Advantage Air Systems 

Advantage Air systems give you superior climate control, and cool air in your entire home, with just the touch of a touch of a button. They are an extremely smart ducted air conditioning systems, with touchpad control. 📱

You can control up to 10 spaces in your home remotely with these systems. An ultimate smart system, you can not only control your climate, air flow and temperature but also play music and speak to friends.

At Coalfields, we recommend several brands when considering smart air conditioners like this. Daikin, Fujitsu and Actron Air, are the main types of air conditioning brands we work with.

Multi Units and VRV

If you have limited ceiling space, multi unit and VRV systems could be the perfect solution for you. They offer a ducted system without using extensive underfloor or ceiling space. They are also compact, easy to install, and offer excellent energy efficiency.

In need of a temporary solution? Portable air conditioners are an option ❄️

Portable units are versatile, compact and easy to operate, making them suitable for renters or temporary cooling solutions. They can be moved from room to room, and require minimal installation. There are many brands out there offering portable air conditioners with varying cooling capacities.

If your air conditioning system has broken down, Coalfields can help you with a temporary solution in the meantime.

Also, if you choose to buy an air conditioner system for your home with us, we offer a 10 day install guarantee, so you won’t be waiting for your unit long!

Now lets talk brands and warranties

There are several different reputable brands out there offering a range of AC units. Top brands in Australia include Fujitsu, ActronAir and Daikin. Each brand has its own warranty policy which is always worth considering! Those brands with a higher price may offer a better policy so shopping around is key 🔑.

Have a look at the warranty policies of a unit before you buy and remember that terms are subject to change so it’s always worth contacting the manufacturer before making a purchase. Also bear in mind that installers may also offer their own warranties. The below table is accurate as of March 2024:

air con warranty table

When shopping for deals be mindful of “interest free offers”, they can seen attractive and some are worth while if you can pay in time and pay enough. With any deal it’s important to check the terms and conditions of the deal here are a few pitfalls to be mindful of:

  • Some policies are only interest free if you consistently make payments. If you default, they could rescind the interest free offer AND add on the interest owed from the beginning of the term 😵.
  • Many offers describe minimum monthly payments. It seems attractive, however often this does not cover the cost of the unit and so once your term is up they then charge interest, usually at a very high rate.
  • Be sure to check any “hidden fees”, including monthly accounting fees, establishment fees or early settlement fees. These can end up being higher than a regular deal!

Terms and conditions of interest free deals on aircons can be very complicated, sometimes even affecting warranties. Being mindful of all of these and having the knowledge to answer the right questions ensures that you actually don’t end up paying more and actually get the best air conditioning unit for you ❄️👍.

So what’s the best type of air conditioner for you?

The best type of air conditioner for you really depends on your space, budget and how you want it to look. With so many different types of air conditioners out there, you have several options to choose from and are sure to find the perfect match for you and your space.

Interested to find out more?

Get in touch with us today

When selecting an air conditioner, it’s essential to consider factors such as energy efficiency ratings, cooling capacity, noise levels, and warranty coverage. Additionally, consulting with a reputable HVAC specialist can help you choose the most suitable option based on your specific requirements and budget.

Here at Coalfields were here to help you with just that. We service the entirety of Hunter Valley, NSW and would be very pleased to serve you. ✅

Posted onFebruary 15, 2024

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Brendan Ward is a senior HVAC+R contractor, renowned in his industry as the go-to person for advice, design and planning of commercial air conditioning installations. Brendan has been a qualified professional in both the residential and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning sector for almost 25 years, and has owned Coalfield's Climate Control, a leading air conditioning company in the Hunter Valley for over a decade.

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