Air Conditioner Buying Guide

Air conditioners are essential during warmer days, especially during peak summer. Whether you're looking for an efficient split system, the year-round comfort of a reverse cycle, or the flexibility of a portable air conditioner, here's everything you need to know about air conditioners from all the best brands, including Fujitsu, Samsung, Hisense and Panasonic.

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Which Air Conditioner Is Right For You

There are many different kinds of air conditioners, and one of them is the perfect match for your cooling needs, some even offer heating for all year round comfort. Split systems and window wall air conditioners are a great choice for individual room control while portable air conditioners are a flexible cooling option that can be moved as needed.

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From split systems to portable coolers, our buying guides encompass all the essential information for discovering the perfect cooling solution tailored to your needs.

We all love summer but when balmy weather turns sticky and uncomfortable, it’s time to think about your home’s cooling. With the right cooling appliances, you can make any room in your home one you want to spend time in.” - Scott Bazley, The Good Guys Buyer – Seasonal

How To Create The Perfect Temperature

Now that you've chosen the type of air conditioner you want, it's time to create an optimised setup that keeps you cool all summer. Here are our tips and guidance to help you achieve a top-quality air conditioner arrangement that enhances your comfort to the fullest.

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Year-Round Climate Contro

With a contemporary design, Fujistu split system air conditioners are an efficient heating and cooling solution.

Breathe Easier

Enjoy a stream of perfectly purified cool air in summer or warm air in winter with Dyson.

Create Your Own Safer Air Zone

Perfect for larger rooms, Breville air purifiers keep the air clean and allergen-free with their 4-stage purification system.

Real Reviews

Panasonic Reverse Cycle

Charlie's Customer Review

My son loves how easy it is to use and also to keep his room nice and cold when he is gaming. I definitely would recommend it.

Omega Portable Air Con

Derek's Customer Review

Great little unit and no excess water drainage so very convenient, have 2 of these in the house and they're great. Keeps the room very cold.

Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool HP07

Pamela C's Customer Review

This model comes with an app - you can set up multiple timers. It also has a night mode which is great. Love that there are no moving parts, safe to have around pets.

Samsung Reverse Cycle

Paul's Customer Review

Does exactly what we wanted it to. Keeps room cool which has multiple heat sources. Air direction is great. Very happy.

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Air Conditioner Glossary

We’ll break down all the tech talk and acronyms that you need to know.

Split System Air Conditioner

A split air conditioner consists of two main components: an indoor unit (evaporator) and an outdoor unit (condenser). They are connected by refrigerant lines and can cool a single room or multiple rooms, depending on the configuration.

Portable Air Conditioner

A portable air conditioner is a self-contained unit on wheels that can be moved from room to room. It typically requires a window or vent for exhaust and is suitable for cooling individual rooms.

Indoor Unit

The part of the air conditioner that is located indoors. It contains components such as the evaporator coil and blower, and is responsible for cooling or heating the indoor air and distributing it throughout the room or building.

Outdoor Unit

The part of the air conditioner that is located outdoors. It contains components like the compressor and condenser coil, which release heat from the refrigerant into the outdoor environment to enable the cooling or heating process.


The condenser is a component of an air conditioner that releases heat from the refrigerant to the outside environment. It is typically located in the outdoor unit.

Evaporator Coil

The evaporator coil is the indoor component of the air conditioner that absorbs heat from the indoor air and allows the refrigerant to evaporate, cooling the indoor space.


The compressor is responsible for pressurizing the refrigerant, raising its temperature, and circulating it through the system. It is often referred to as the "heart" of the air conditioner.


A filter is a component that captures dust, debris, and allergens from the air as it passes through the air conditioner. Regularly changing or cleaning the filter helps maintain air quality and system efficiency.


Airflow refers to the movement of air through the air conditioning system, including the rate and direction of air circulation. Proper airflow is essential for efficient operation.

Air Purifier

A device designed to improve indoor air quality by removing airborne contaminants, allergens, and pollutants from the air. Some air conditioners double as air purifiers.