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We try: Daikin split system air-conditioner:

A split-system air-conditioner that is quiet and equally good with heating & cooling.
By Penny Galatas
Date: April 27 2014
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Before Christmas, my siblings and I paid to install two wall-mounted reverse cycle air-conditioning units into our mother’s house in preparation for winter. For years, she has survived on the messy and non-environmentally-friendly heating from a fireplace and inefficient electric bar heaters.

After quite a lot of research, we bought Daikin units for around $1,300 each RRP, before a discount was applied for purchasing two. We purchased Daikin because we had read so many good reports about them; not just in terms of the quality of the product but also the reliability of it. This was important to us, as two of us live interstate, and one overseas, and we can’t ‘pop around’ to troubleshoot something for mum if it’s needed.

They are a fabulous buy.

She has only had to use the heating unit since Easter but it works efficiently and gives a nice even temperature throughout the rooms and surrounding areas where the units are placed.

She also used it for cooling on the hottest summer days and was equally pleased with them. My mother is quite fussy about cooling as she doesn’t like having cold air blowing on her but she said that the unit cooled the large living area of her house ‘without feeling as if there was a gale inside’.

So far, also, the cost of running the units – admittedly only for part of summer – has not blown her energy budget.

Of course, when you live interstate from an older parent, you sometimes don’t know if they’re actually using something practical that you give them. But grandchildren and friends living in the same city who have visited her say that she is, and has even ‘bragged’ about her new air-conditioning units! That’s really pleasing for my brother, sister and me.

She says the units are very quiet to run. The remote control is intuitive to use and is suitable for older fingers.

I was also impressed with the efficiency, punctuality and customer-orientation of the people who installed the units. I was there at the time: they turned up when they said they would, were very caring about my mother and her concerns about being too cold or too hot, showed her how to work everything and didn’t leave a mess. Friends have told me they’ve had similar experiences with tradespeople who install Daikin units or ducted heating and cooling.


Highly recommended. No bad points as far as we're aware. Five stars.

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Penny paid for the air-conditioning units personally (with her siblings) and does not benefit in any way from writing this article. 

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