How to choose the right cooling system for your home

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.

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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.

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 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.

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Heating & Cooling How to choose the right cooling system for your home 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?

Ceiling fan

Heating & Cooling How to choose the best ceiling fan Ceiling fans are a great way to stay comfortable when the temperature rises. When choosing the best ceiling fan for your space, there are a few things you might want to consider.

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Heating & Cooling How to insulate a ceiling Keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer by insulating your ceilings. We’ll show you all you need to know about installing ceiling insulation.

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Heating & Cooling Benefits of DeLonghi Dehumidifiers If you have high levels of humidity inside your home, you may need the help of a dehumidifier. Ricel from De’Longhi explains the benefits of De’Longhi dehumidifiers , and how they can help you create a healthy home environment.

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Heating & Cooling How to insulate walls Installing insulation in your walls is a great way to increase energy efficiency and reduce noise. Learn how easy it is to do yourself.

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Heating & Cooling How to protect your home from dampness When you live in areas prone to high rainfall, such as the tropics, it’s important to protect your home from dampness and mould. We’ll show you how to do it in a few simple steps.

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Heating & Cooling How to insulate your home for extreme weather Find out how easy it is to keep your home warm in summer and cool in winter with insulation.

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Planning & Projects How to create a low-water garden ‘Dry’ or ‘low-water’ gardening is a real art and, when done right, will provide you with an inviting landscape that uses very little water.

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Planning & Projects How to create a green wall using artificial hedge Green walls are all the rage at the moment, but buying and maintaining one can be costly. Why not have a go at creating your own using pieces of artificial hedge – it looks great and will last the distance. Here’s how.

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How To Save Water How to reduce water usage Whether indoor or outdoor, there are lots of ways to be smart about water usage. And there are some simple actions that can make a big difference to your water bill.

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Doors How to install a ring doorbell The Ring video doorbell is a wireless doorbell which allows you to see who is at your front door. Find out how to install the Ring video doorbell yourself.

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Garden Lighting How to install solar lights in your garden Solar lights are a great way to illuminate your pathways and highlight your garden beds at night. Install them yourself with these easy steps.

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Shelving & Storage How to organise your pantry Create an organisational system in your pantry with these handy storage hints. Trust us – its life changing!

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How To Paint How to paint your front door Make an entrance every darn day of the week by painting your front door a bold, enticing colour!

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Walls The best way to hang pictures on a wall Learn the tricks to hanging your wall decor so it looks good – and doesn’t damage the plasterboard. Create an effortless-looking display by taking the time to consider spacing, proportion, frame styles and colour palettes.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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