Test results for 10 air conditioners (with claimed capacities of around 7kW for cooling and 8kW for heating)
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. The decade to 2005 saw air conditioner ownership in all Australian states and territories leap up. Overall, more than 60% of households now have a cooler.
For the environment and our energy grids, this trend is bad news. Growing use of air conditioning is increasing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel fired electricity generators, which are sent into overdrive to meet demand spikes on sizzling hot days.
It's therefore very important that people choose an efficient air conditioner (if they have to have one), to limit the negative effects on the environment — not to mention their own wallet.
We tested 10 large split-system, reverse-cycle inverter air conditioners with claimed capacities of around 7kW for cooling and 8kW for heating (suitable for large open-plan living areas). We assessed them for cooling and heating efficiency, airflow, and ease of use.
Please note: this information was current as of March 2009 and these models are now all discontinued. For more recent information, see our latest Large air conditioners review.
Models we tested
- # Airwell XLV26 / GLV26
- Carrier 42PQV080X / 38VYX080N
- Fujitsu ASTA24LCC / AOTR24LCC
- Haier HSU-26HO3 / R2 (DB)
- Mistral MSS6.8INV
- Mitsubishi Electric MSZ-GA71VA / MUZ-GA71VA
- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK63ZEA-S1 / SRK63ZE-S1
- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK71ZEA-S1 / SRC71ZE-S1
- Panasonic CS-E24GKR / CU-E24GKR (A)
- Toshiba RAV-SM802KRT-E / RAV-SM802AT-E
# The Airwell distributor ECP Australia went into administration in 2008. For those who purchased an Airwell product on or before 30th June 2007, warranties are no longer honoured. For warranty claims on Airwell products purchased on or after 1st July 2007, consumers should ring Seeley Products on (08) 8328 3866.
(A) About to be replaced by new model CS/CU-E24HKR. Availability check July 2008.
What else you'll get in this report
As well as the test results for 10 models, you'll get:
Information on the different types of air conditioners.
Tips on how to keep your home cool, and on what to keep in mind when installing an air conditioner.
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