Buying an air conditioner | Brisbane City Council

Buying an air conditioner

If you decide to buy an air conditioner, it's important to plan your purchase carefully. Buying the wrong air conditioner for your home, can waste your time, money and cause problems with your neighbours.

Before you buy an air conditioner

An air conditioner is not the only option for cooling your home in Brisbane. 

Before you buy an air conditioner:

  • install insulation in your roof. Insulation can reduce your air conditioner's ongoing operating costs
  • think about low-cost alternatives such as roof-top vents and ceiling fans
  • paint the outside of your home in a light colour to reflect the sun's heat
  • cool your home using shade such as trees, shrubs and awnings
  • consider whether you want to air condition the whole house or just some rooms
  • be aware of where you will put the air-conditioning units and the noise it will generate for your neighbours

Types of air conditioners

The types of air conditioners include:

  • wall/window mounted units
  • split systems
  • ducted systems

Planning your installation

It is important to think about noise issues before you install your new air conditioner. If your air conditioner causes a noise nuisance for your neighbours, Brisbane City Council can:

  • direct you to move the air conditioner or put a sound enclosure around it
  • issue on-the-spot fines
  • direct you to turn the air conditioner off if it is causing significant annoyance to your neighbours

You can help reduce air conditioner noise if you:

  • hire a reputable air conditioning installer with an approved licence and knowledge of air conditioning noise issues
  • avoid locating noisy equipment next to multiple reflective surfaces such as corners and eaves
  • use barriers such as solid fences and retaining walls to screen noisy equipment from your neighbours
  • install an acoustic enclosure if you must install the unit close to your neighbours 

Find out more about making a noise nuisance complaint.

More information

For more information about the Energy Efficiency Ratio, contact the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning.

20 January 2017