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Split system air conditioner installed above the curtains.
The mercury is rising but don't sweat it. There are loads of easy and inexpensive ways to keep you and your house cool. But which cooling system is right for your home and how do you choose the right one?

Split systems

Split system air conditioners (pictured above) are not only incredibly energy efficient but they're self-cleaning, and can clean the air. Capable of both heating and cooling, they are made up of an interior head unit, which blows cooled or warmed air around the room, and an external condensing unit that performs the temperature change.

If you need a hand with installing a split system, our home installation service will have your house cool in no time. 

Portable air conditioners

Portable units let you take your air conditioner with you and keep cool anywhere in your house. They're powerful enough to cool down a whole room and make very little noise.

Evaporative coolers

Evaporative coolers use water to cool a room down, while also purifying the air. When the water evaporates, it absorbs heat from its surroundings, cooling them down. They work best in lower humidity regions of Australia. Plus, they're versatile, lightweight and cheap to run.

Fans

Fans can be wall-mounted or portable and come in a range of stylish shapes and sizes. By blowing air around, they make it easier for air to evaporate sweat from your skin and reduce body heat. The more evaporation, the cooler you feel.

Wall-mounted fans are ideal for both indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. With their adjustable, oscillating heads, wall fans give you cooling convenience all summer long.

Portable fans are inexpensive and come in a range of designs, including pedestal, desk, floor and tower fans. They offer convenience and a variety of styles to suit most décor.

Fan with a pitcher of water and limes.

Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans make very little noise, offer maximum comfort and are ideal for living room, bedroom and kitchen areas. Add a ceiling fan remote and you have effortless control.

Air conditioner conversion guide

Take a look at our power and coverage conversion guide (PDF, 521KB) to figure out what size air conditioner you need.

Our top tip to help you keep your cool (and even stay warm in winter)

A ceiling fan with reverse mode pushes warm air downwards, so it can help keep you cool in summer, warm in winter and help lower your heating costs.

 

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.