Air conditioners are a way of life for many Australians, but buying and installing one can be expensive. The good news is that end of financial year sales time could present a good opportunity to slash those costs significantly. With retailers keen to clear out their old stock to make way for the new, prices often come down, meaning you could cash in on some serious savings. But you will only get a good deal if you find the right air conditioner for your needs, which is why we’ve produced the following guide to some of the top-rated brands on our website and their current offers this EOFY.
Who has the biggest discounts?
On average, Australians fork out around $2,400 for a split-system air conditioner, and twice as much on ducted units. Obviously, this isn’t a decision to be made lightly, as the initial costs is something that may frighten off some consumers, but as you can’t put a price on a cool breeze on a hot day, air conditioners may be well worth the price. With Aussies replacing their air conditioners every nine years, on average, it’s worth going for a model that will last the distance. Below are some of the latest deals on offer from brands that did well in our latest customer ratings, including Kelvinator, Mitsubishi Electric, Fujitsu General and Panasonic.
|Kelvinator KSV25CRH Cooling Only Split System Inverter Air Conditioner||2.5kW||$849||$713|
|Panasonic CSCU-Z25TKR Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Air Conditioner||2.5kW||$1,299||$979|
|Mitsubishi MSZEF35VE2BKIT Reverse Cycle Split Inverter Air Conditioner||3.5kW||$1,651||$1,313|
|Fujitsu ASTG18KMCA Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Air Conditioner||5kW||$2,589||$1,508|
|Mitsubishi MSZGL71VGDKIT Reverse Cycle Split System Air Conditioner||7.1kW||$2,399||$2,228|
|Kelvinator Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Air Conditioner KSD90HRH||9kW||$2,599||$2,424|
|Panasonic CSCU-Z80TKR AERO Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Air Conditioner||8kW||$3,289||$2,426|
|Fujitsu ASTG34KMTA Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Air Conditioner||9.4kW||$4789||$2,677|
Source: Appliances Online, May 2019
Kelvinator Air Con Sales
Kelvinator offers just two types of air conditioners – split system and window air con. It gears towards the budget-friendly end of the price scale and you may find even lower prices on its range this end of financial year sale time.
Kelvinator KSV25CRH 2.5kW Cooling Only Split System Inverter Air Conditioner – $713
This 2.5kW air conditioner from Kelvinator ($849 RRP) might be a suitable option for small rooms, packing in a number of features. It has a 24 hour timer, allowing you to program the air conditioner around your schedule, plus a Sleep mode, stated to change the temperature gradually over time. Kelvinator also features three filters to improve the model’s air quality, according to the brand.
It comes with an LCD backlit wireless remote control that features a ‘Follow Me’ command system. This technology allows the indoor temperature reading to be taken from the remote and enable the air conditioner to automatically adjust the temperature when required. If you’re energy-conscious, the 2.5kW model was rated 5 stars for energy efficiency.
Kelvinator 9kW Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Air Conditioner KSD90HRH – $2,424
For a larger model, you might like to consider this 9kW Split System Inverter Reverse Cycle air conditioner ($2,599 RRP). Expect similar technology as the model above including HEPA and ion filters, plus a 24 hour timer. If you ever experience a power failure, Kelvinator says this unit is equipped with an auto restart function that memorises the settings you had set, allowing the air con to pick up where it left off once the power is back on.
It features a DC fan motor with 12 fan speeds, a concealed dimmable digital display and auto swing functionality. It also comes with an LCD remote, making it easy to use. In terms of energy efficiency, this model is also rated 2.5 stars.
Mitsubishi Electric Air Con Sales
With the Japanese car manufacturer diversifying into electronics, there are plenty of air conditioners on offer for households to choose from. Regardless of whether you need a ceiling unit, a wall-mounted unit or ducted air conditioners, Mitsubishi has an option for you.
Mitsubishi MSZEF35VE2BKIT 3.5kW Reverse Cycle Split Inverter Air Conditioner – $1,313
For those not looking to spend big on their air conditioner, or for those who are looking for a change in colour, the Mitsubishi 3.5kW model ($1,651 RRP) may be more up your alley, still coming with plenty of features and a black finish.
Similar to its 7.1kW big brother below, Mitsubishi offers its Advanced Inverter Technology to ensure that your household is cooled quickly, as well as the i-save technology to help you keep track of your preferences. The model also comes with Wi-Fi control, making it easier to stay cool this summer. The 3.5kW model was rated 3 stars for cooling energy efficiency and 2.5 stars for heating energy efficiency. To further sweeten the deal, Mitsubishi also has a five-year warranty on its air conditioners, ensuring consumers are kept cool for the next few summers at the very least.
Mitsubishi MSZGL71VGDKIT 7.1kW Reverse Cycle Split System Air Conditioner – $2,228
The Mitsubishi 7.1kW Reverse Cycle Split System Air Conditioner ($2,399 RRP) is suited for any room in the house, with plenty of features and functions to ensure that families can get the most out of their air conditioner. With Advanced Inverter Technology, Mitsubishi air conditioners delivery quick and efficient cooling and heating to your house, helping you to beat the heat.
Additional features include Quiet mode for undisturbed sleeps, plus the i-save mode, which remembers your temperature and settings preferences so that you can simply turn on the unit and get comfortable. To set itself apart from other big brands, Mitsubishi also has Wi-Fi capabilities allowing users to alter the temperature and settings via their smartphone or tablets, handy for those times when you can’t find the remote.
Fujitsu Air Con Sales
With a wide range of both commercial and residential air conditioners on offer, Japanese manufacturer Fujitsu has diversified its products from its traditional computer and IT departments, giving households plenty of options to keep cool.
Fujitsu ASTG18KMCA 5kW Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Air Conditioner – $1,508
Normally retailing at over $2,500, the ASTG model contains a variety of features and functions that will keep your family cool and comfortable all year round. Functions including timers, auto air adjustments and human sensor allow the Fujitsu model to properly ensure that your house is cooled when you need it, without wasting energy whenever you’re not around.
Also handy for heating during those chilly mornings or cold nights, the Fujitsu model scored 3.5 stars for its energy efficiency, helping you save on your energy bill as well. With allergen and bacteria filters also featured, Fujitsu will be a saving grace against Spring allergies.
Fujitsu ASTG34KMTA 9.4kW Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Air Conditioner – $2,677
Often retailing at close to $5,000, the Fujitsu 9.4kW looks to cool even the largest rooms in the house, with plenty of grunt to help cool or warm your family, regardless of the time of year. With the onboard micro-processor, the air conditioner can adjust air flow to compensate for changes in room temperature to ensure that your house is kept cool, and that the unit runs more efficiently.
Available in white to suit most colour schemes, Fujitsu offers a five-year warranty to ease consumers’ minds. And with an additional dehumidifying feature that can remove up to 3.5L of moisture per hour, Fujitsu would be suitable for those hot and sticky climates. If you’re after an energy efficient model, you may have to look at other models available, as the 9.4kW model scored only 2 stars. If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck however, this might be the model for you.
Panasonic Air Con Sales
A big brand in the home appliance and electronics market regardless of what you’re after, Panasonic has a wide range of split-system air conditioners, suitable for all household types and sizes, with plenty of features and functions to help your family cool down. It could also do you a good deal this EFOY.
Panasonic CSCU-Z80TKR 8kW AERO Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Air Conditioner – $2,426
Panasonic’s 8kW Split System Air Conditioner, which normally retails for more than $3,000, would feel at home regardless of the household size, with Panasonic cramming the model with lots of features to keep your family cool in summer and warm in winter.
Part of Panasonic’s AERO series, the CSCU model comes with a variety of energy-efficient features and functions to allow households to enjoy the cool air without racking up a huge energy bill. Scoring a 2 star energy rating (cooling), it isn’t the most efficient model available, but Panasonic includes a variety of modes to suit the weather outside, in addition to a 24 hour timer for when you want to go to sleep in cool air to but don’t want the air con to be running all night.
Additional features also include a dehumidifier, as well as an air purifying system, which comes with an anti-bacterial air filter, an odour removing feature as well as removable and washable panels to ensure that your household is kept clean and cool. Panasonic offers a five-year warranty on its air conditioners, giving consumers plenty of peace of mind.
Panasonic CSCU-Z25TKR 2.5kW Reverse Cycle Split System Inverter Air Conditioner – $979
If you’re after another option to cool your house down, or just after something to cover a smaller area, the AERO ECONAVI model may be a suitable option for your household. With a 5 star energy rating, and the nanoe-G air purification filter to help keep your house free from bacteria, the ECONAVI will do more than just keep your house cool.
With an adjustable fan speed, as well as a Shower Cooling function – which directs cool air upwards to ‘shower down’ evenly over the room – Panasonic has given households a respite from those hot days. An additional feature is the timer, which can be set so that your house is cooled down by the time you get home. Normally retailing at around $1,200, the Panasonic ECONAVI model will keep your house, and your wallet, feeling cool.
Should you buy a new air conditioner this EOFY sales time?
With air conditioners no cheap purchase, you have to be careful with which one you decide to install in your house, especially when it can account for a large piece of your energy bill. With plenty of brands on offer, and plenty of model types and features available, picking one that will best fit your household can soon become a chore. Add the price into consideration and many would walk away with a headache.
Thankfully, with the end of financial year sales, many brands are looking to offload models at a cheaper price, allowing consumers to score a deal. While summer may be a while off still, getting prepared early with a suitable air conditioner could save you from the heat, as well as a few dollars.
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