Aloha! We hope you enjoyed our last post which talked about how to choose the right aircon system. Today, this post will discuss 5 popular aircon models that are often mentioned online and that are popular at the retail stores. One common question asked in the many forums on Renotalk and Hardwarezone forum is “What aircon model should I buy?”
There are many air-conditioner (aircon) models available in the market, with different brands and series available for the consumers. With the many BTO flats that are being built, we find that more people are asking themselves this question.
We shortlisted these 5 models to make for a more effective comparison, based on the assumptions that it is a system 3 for a 4 room HDB flat (3 bedrooms) and based on similar capacities. We obtained the prices from online websites like Courts http://www.courts.com.sg/ and http://www.coolserve.com.sg/, however do note that many people have found more competitive prices at their heartland stores and other aircon companies. This is also why we have chosen not to display the prices on this page but instead the aircon models are shown in ascending order based on prices.
The 5 aircon models we have compared are (in ascending order based on prices):
There are many other models available but from the many threads and forums, we gathered that these 5 were more popular options. For the infographic, we summarised information available on the manufacturers’ websites as well as forum discussions.
Do note the models above were just a benchmark for us to compare the specifications but based on your needs (capacity or frequency of use), your aircon specialist might recommend other models to you.
Remember the key thing to take note about aircon prices is to factor in the installation works as some companies might give you a cheaper price but do a shoddy installation work or use inferior metal for the piping (ask for copper piping where possible). For me, I decided to purchase my aircon from the aircon company recommended by my Interior Design (ID) company as the piping and trunking placement was important to me. My ID admitted that their prices might not be the cheapest in the market, but that their workmanship was good. In view that I needed to conceal some of the trunking, I decided to go with my ID’s recommendation. We did use our own contractors for other parts of our renovation and admittedly, the communication between my ID and my contractor, while cordial, was not as close as the relationship between the ID and their own contractors.
So what’s our recommendation?
Ultimately, my pick out of these 5 aircon models is Mitsubishi Starmex. Having been an aircon user for 29 years, I have experienced many aircon brands. Before I moved out and had my own place, my family installed the Mitsubishi Starmex. Compared to the many other aircon brands, our experience was that it was super quiet and easy to clean. Hence for my own place, I also picked the Mitsubishi Starmex. It’s been more than 2 years since we installed our aircon and we’ve never had any problems with it.
One last word!
In doing this research, I realised that the energy rating system for air-conditioners, refrigerators and clothes dryers was revised on 1 September 2014. This is to help consumers better identify the more energy efficient models. The revised rating system is more stringent than the old one as most models rated 4 ticks under the old energy rating system are now assigned a rating of 2 ticks under the revised rating system.
We hope this infographic will help you shortlist the aircons to buy for your new place! :)