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This year we've decided to add a split system inverter air conditioning unit to our main living area.  Although our extension if five star energy rated, it does get very warm and there was some long uncomfortable nights last summer.

Like usual with all major purchases, I did some research.  I joined the Australian Consumer Association for an online subscription to Choice again.  I read their recent review of large air conditioning units and used their online calculator to determine the size of the unit.  However, I found that we only needed a medium size unit, not covered in any of their recent reviews (but that is good news too).

I looked at units in The Good Guys, where most of our appliances are from, Appliances Online, E&S Trading (where our fridge is from) and Harvey Norman.  I found the Smart Series of Samsung units.  With our TV's and one small split system being Samsung already, this was attractive and Harvey Norman had a small discount on the price. A good benefit is also that the Smart Series, like the TV's, is Wifi capable and apparently the unit can be turned on and off remotely via a Samsung app.  This would be good to cool the house about half an hour before getting home, or even to turn the unit off if we've forgotten to do so when going out.

I used the online stock checking function to find a Harvey Norman with one in stock, and within 45 minutes had the very large unit in my car.  It did necessitate purchasing the unit at Harvey Norman in Chadstone, then driving to their warehouse on Centre Road to collect it. Fortunately for me that is on my way home, but for many customer, it would be a very annoying side trip.

Now we need to find someone to install it. We've been given a few names. Lets hope it isn't too expensive - let me know if you have any idea about costs.


  1. We put in reverse cycle air conditioning last year. We didn't need to use it too often but it was a god send on those really hot days:). Enjoy.

  2. We had the unit installed in the last week. The unit required a 16A line from our power board, which required about three hours of electrical work by two guys. The total installation costs were the same as the unit cost, so it has been an expensive lead up to Christmas.

    Tomorrow's forecast is 35C, so it will be the first day to try it.

    The iPhone app appears to work well, from our initial testing. A friend has the same unit and loves the Android app.


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