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.

heatstrip

Heating & Cooling Enjoy your outdoors all year with Heatstrip heaters You can keep everybody warm outside, while saving on running costs and increasing the value of your home, with Heatstrip outdoor heaters.

Gas log fireplace

Heating & Cooling How to choose a gas log fireplace There’s nothing like the warmth and ambience of a fireplace in winter. A gas log fire is an affordable, convenient and mess-free alternative. To find out what to consider when choosing a gas log fire, we spoke to the team at Scandia.

Scandia wood fire heater

Heating & Cooling How to choose a wood fire heater Nothing beats huddling around a roaring wood fire heater in winter. But how do you choose the right one? Heating specialists Scandia share their top tips on how to select the right wood fire heater for your home.

How to save energy when using heaters

Heating & Cooling How to save energy when using heaters Keeping warm when it’s cold doesn’t mean you should have to pay big energy bills. Here are some simple hints and tips from De’Longhi that’ll help you keep costs down.

Warm bathroom colours

Heating & Cooling How to warm up your bathroom The bathroom is where many people start and end their day. Keeping it dry and warm over the cooler months will make stepping out of the shower a little easier and your daily routine more enjoyable.

heater

Heating & Cooling Types of heaters: how to choose a heater Find a range of heaters at Bunnings, with different sizes & features.

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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.

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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