If you’re thinking about ways to keep cool this summer, you’ve no doubt considered air conditioning for your home…but how much will it cost you? Nearly two in three Australians (64%) who purchased a new air conditioning unit in the last two years paid more than $1,000, according to the results of one of our surveys. This was even more evident for Gen X respondents (70%), followed by Baby Boomers (63%) and then Gen Y’s (59%).
This is based on a sample of 550 people surveyed by Colmar Brunton back in early 2012 about their air conditioner usage behaviour.
While cost remains an important consideration, more than half (57%) of the respondents stated energy ratings were more important than price when deciding on which air conditioner to purchase. This was even more pronounced for those who lived in South Australia (69%) and New South Wales (61%).
Almost half the survey respondents (43%) use their air conditioner’s timer functionality to save on running costs. Leading the way with the usage of the clever function were Gen Y (58%) and Gen X (54%), while Baby Boomers were much less inclined to use their timers (only 30%).
In 2012, Fujitsu took out the award for Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers – Air Conditioners, with a clean sweep of five star ratings in overall satisfaction, value for money, after sales service, reliability, ease of use, functionality, noise and energy efficiency.