Home cooling

Independent and trusted reviews, tests and investigations of large, small and portable air conditioners.


Home cooling guide

Do you really need an air conditioner?

22 Apr 2009 | A cool home’s important for many Australians, and an air conditioner is the only appliance that can really cool down a hot room effectively — but there are other, ways to keep the heat out of your home in the first place.

Woman on lounge

Small air conditioners review 2009

Reverse-cycle air conditioners are the most efficient form of electric heating, as well as being effective coolers.

6 Mar 2009 | Air conditioners are usually thought of as a summer appliance, but a reverse cycle model can also be an effective way to heat your home.


Shadecloth investigation

CHOICE has uncovered an alarming gap between the level of protection stated on a typical shadecloth and the reality once it is installed.

12 Dec 2008 | CHOICE has found that the UVR rating of the shadecloth is only half the story.

Portable evaporative cooler

Portable evaporative coolers review 2008

In a hot dry climate, a portable evaporative cooler is a cheap way to cool down.

15 Sep 2008 | If you live in a region where the summers are hot and dry, a portable evaporative cooler can be a cheap and effective way to keep you cool.

Air conditioner

Large air conditioners review 2008

Keep your living room cool this summer.

26 Aug 2008 | An ever-increasing number of Australians are getting air conditioning installed, or moving into a new home that delivers a cooling breeze at the touch of a button.

Portable air conditioner

Portable air conditioners review 2008

They’re still ugly and noisy, but they’re getting better at keeping you cool.

11 Jul 2008 | If you’re dreading the thought of sweltering in a rented home this summer, a portable air conditioner may look tempting.


Ceiling fans review 2008

An environmentally-friendly way of cooling your home during those scorching days.

25 May 2008 | If you live in a warm climate ceiling fans can offer an environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient cooling solution.

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