Small air conditioners review 2009

Reverse-cycle air conditioners are the most efficient form of electric heating, as well as being effective coolers.
 
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  • Updated:6 Mar 2009
 

03.Product profiles

Profiles - what to buy

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK35ZGA-S / SRC35ZG-S

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries SRK35ZGA-S/SRC35ZG-S Price: $1093

Good points

  • Very good cooling and heating efficiency.
  • Good airflow range.
  • Very easy to use.

Bad points

  • None to mention.

LG R12AWN UB9 / R12AWN NB9

LG R12AWN UB9/R12AWN NB9 Price: $1599

Good points

  • Very good cooling and heating efficiency.
  • Good airflow range.
  • Cheapest to run.

Bad points

  • None to mention.

Panasonic CS-E12HKR / CU-E12HKR

Panasonic CS-E12HKR/CU-E12HKR Price: $1319

Good points

  • Very good heating efficiency.
  • Good cooling efficiency.
  • Very good airflow range.
  • Easy to use.

Bad points

  • No fan-only mode.
  • The filter is difficult to replace.

Fujitsu ASTA12LCC / AOTR12LCC

Fujitsu ASTA12LCC/AOTR12LCC Price: $1499

Good points

  • The best cooling efficiency.
  • Very good airflow range.
  • Easiest to use.
  • Comparatively quiet indoors.

Bad points

  • Only scored 61% for heating efficiency (see How we test for details).

 

Profiles - the rest

Daikin FTXS35EVMA / RXS35EBVMA

Daikin FTXS35EVMA/RXS35EBVMA Price: $980

Good points

  • Very good heating efficiency.
  • Good cooling efficiency.
  • Good airflow range.
  • Easy to use.

Bad points

  • The symbols on the remote control aren’t particularly obvious, and the current time isn’t displayed when the timer is set.

Carrier 42NQV035M-A / 38NYV035M-A

Carrier 42NQV035M-A/38NYV035M-A Price: $1529

Good points

  • Good heating and cooling efficiency.
  • Good airflow range.
  • Easy to use.
  • Five fan speeds.

Bad points

  • The remote is only OK — there is no indication of the timer settings or status when unit is on or off.
  • Instructions only OK — ambiguity in timer instructions.
  • Note: the model shown is the Toshiba RAS-13SKV-A / RAS-13SAV-A, which is technically identical to the Carrier.
  • However, there are cosmetic differences between the two models.

Toshiba RAS-13SKV-A / RAS-13SKV-A

Toshiba RAS-13SKV-A/RAS-13SKV-A Price: $1575

Good points

  • Good heating and cooling efficiency.
  • Good airflow range.
  • Easy to use.
  • Five fan speeds.

Bad points

  • The remote is only OK — there is no indication of the timer settings or status when unit is on or off.
  • Instructions only OK — ambiguity in timer instructions.

Fujitsu ASTB12LDC / AOTB12LDC

Fujitsu ASTB12LDC/AOTB12LDC Price: $980

Good points

  • Very good cooling efficiency.
  • Easy to use.

Bad points

  • Only scored 62% for heating efficiency (see How we test for details).

Daikin FTXG35FVMAW / RXG35FVMA

Daikin FTXG35FVMAW/RXG35FVMA Price: $980

Good points

  • Very good heating efficiency.
  • Good cooling efficiency.

Bad points

  • The symbols on the remote control aren’t particularly obvious, and the current time isn’t displayed when the timer is set.

Toshiba RAS-13SKVR-A / RAS-13SAVR-A

Toshiba RAS-13SKVR-A/RAS-13SAVR-A Price: $1937

Good points

  • Very good cooling efficiency.
  • Good airflow range.
  • Five fan speeds.

Bad points

  • Went into defrost cycle during our heating test and was clearly worse than rated for heating.
  • The remote is only OK — there is no indication of the timer settings or status when unit is on or off.
  • Instructions only OK — ambiguity in timer instructions.
  • Note: the model shown is the Carrier 42NQV035H-A / 38NYV035H-A, which is technically identical to the Toshiba.
  • However, there are cosmetic differences between the two models.

Kelvinator KSV35HRA / KSV35HRA

kelvinator KSV35HRA/KSV35HRA Price: $980

Good points

  • Very good heating efficiency.
  • Good airflow range.

Bad points

  • Scored only 64% for cooling efficiency due to its mediocre performance when operated at 50% capacity.

Samsung AQV12NSBN / AQV12NSBX

Samsung AQV12NSBN/AQV12NSBX Price: $980

Good points

  • Very good cooling efficiency.
  • Good cooling efficiency.

Bad points

  • Smallest airflow range.
  • Remote has no indication of airflow direction.
  • Filter is difficult to replace.
  • The indoor unit has an interval timer only rather than a clock.
 

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