Camberwell Heating & Cooling Design & Advisory Centre

Heating & Cooling Advisory Centre Consultancy Service

Camberwell Electrics has one of the best equipped consultancy & advisory service centres in Melbourne - with over 40 models on display!

The Heating & Cooling Team offer a wide range of services from free quotes, in-house system designs, on site inspections for domestic and commercial situations.

As we are based in Melbourne and have been providing quality service for the last 60 years we are fully committed to servicing our community. With our vast pool of knowledge and experience we can assist with domestic and commercial installations from single room split systems to fit outs for small offices and warehouses to small factories. We can supply reverse cycle, cassette systems, ducted systems and any combination large or small.

From our years of experience we have found every installation is unique. This means that because there are a number of varying factors that will influence the effectiveness of your installation and you will need to get some expert advice. Some of the factors that may influence your installation are- the amount of insulation in the floors, roof and floor; ceiling height; number of windows & doors; how much sun enters the room; suitable location for units to be installed and the airflow dynamics.

Our team are very experienced to be able to look at your situation and give you the best expert advice. Because we have several international brands to draw upon, you can be sure that Camberwell Electrics Heating & Cooling will have the right product for your situation. Along with our vast pool of experience we are well known to be able to deliver projects that others did not know how to do - don't be put off by calling us if others have said it can't be done!

We handle all aspects of heating & cooling in Melbourne, including repairs and installations. So you can be confident that we know what we are doing and will look after you. As an example of the level of care we take, the Daikin VRV systems are all designed to the specifications you supply and then our consultants double check the design with the Daikin Engineering Team. At the final stage of the system handover & commissioning, we will arrange for Daikin Engineering to come out onto your site and fully inspect the system before signing off on the system.

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Ever wanted to customise the Colour of your Colour Your Air Con unit?
You want to blend your Aircon unit into a room, but you don’t want a standard White Aircon, but how?
Talk to one of our Heating & Cooling Consultants and it can be arranged for you.

What is the best aircon unit for controlling humidity in my house?
Controlling the humidity levels in your home will have a big impact on the air-comfort you will experience - especially when you and your children are trying to sleep at night. Your air conditioning unit might have been your best buddy to help you cool over summer. But what about those days when it’s more humid and uncomfortable than hot? Are you aware that you can use your aircon system to help with how humid your home is?

Humidity plays a significant role in maintaining a perfect home climate, all year round. The optimal humidity levels for summer should be around 40%-50%. Additionally, high moisture levels can become a source for viruses, bacteria, and mould to thrive. This can greatly impact your indoor air quality.

Fortunately, you can manage temperature as well as humidity with your air conditioning system, all year round!

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What is the best aircon unit for controlling humidity in my house?

Controlling the humidity levels in your home will have a big impact on the air-comfort you will experience - especially when you and your children are trying to sleep at night. This Daikin US7 aircon model uses an intelligent control of the indoor heat exchanger mixing warmer room air with dehumidified air. This means that the Daikin US7 cleverly reduces humidity without making your room too cold and uncomfortable.

What is the cost difference between running a gas heating system and a reverse cycle system?

Thanks to the research of Sustainability Victoria & Daikin, there is an answer. Read this article
"Understanding the running costs of Gas vs Reverse Cycle Heating"

Use the online booking form below for you to book in a time with one of our expert Heating & Cooling Product Specialists.

Book a time that suits you, plan your day, be confident that one of the team specialists is going to be waiting in our design centre to help you.

The Team have several different brands and over 40 different models to assist you make the right product choice for your situation.

Use the online booking form below for you to book in a time with one of our friendly expert product specialists.

  • General product overview of what's available allow 30mins
  • In depth project planning or full product comparison overview (bring in your design plans) - allow 60mins

For large projects, after product selection, you can then arrange a time for a free onsite consultation for your project.
Use the online booking button at the very bottom of the page below to book in a time with one of our expert product specialists.

Did you know you could save up to 32% on your gas heating bill when you make the change to a Daikin Split System

What is your air con temperature setting costing you?

Posted by Brendon O'Neill 05/10/2017

Reference Source Site: Canstar Blue

What temperature do you run your air conditioner? Most of you reading this probably set it around the mid-twenty degree mark in summer and high teens in winter – but how much is that costing you, and can small changes to your air conditioning habits actually save you money?

In this article, Canstar Blue looks at the ideal heating and cooling temperatures for your home, as well as how much this could possibly be adding to your electricity bill.

What temperature should you set your air conditioner?

A standard air conditioner’s temperature should be set to 25 to 27 degrees for cooling in summer, and around 18 to 20 degrees for heating in winter. This is to ensure maximum energy efficiency from your unit. Keep in mind that these temperatures assume you live in a moderate climate, but as we all know, Australia is a land of many climates.

Using average temperature figures, the below table provides a general indication of what temperature your air con should be set to in summer and winter depending on your location.

Optimum temperatures for air conditioning
LocationSummer (cooling) air con tempWinter (heating) air con temp
Nth QLD, Nth WA, NT & Central Australia 21 – 23° 17°
SE QLD & NE NSW. 25° 18°
SA 24° – 25° 19° – 20°
TAS 28° 21°
SW WA 23° – 24° 18°
SE NSW, NE VIC & ACT 26° – 27° 20°
Sth VIC 24° 20°

What the above table essentially suggests is that air conditioners will have to work harder to offset harsher climates. Those living in warmer climates should set their air con cooling temperatures a little lower, while those living in cooler climates should set their air con’s heater a little warmer.

How do temperature settings affect air con costs?

The harder your air conditioner has to work, the more electricity it will consume. That means the lower you set the temperature when cooling and the higher you set it when heating, the more you’re adding to your power bill.

It is difficult to pin point how much your air conditioner temperature is contributing to your air con’s electricity usage cost, however Ergon Energy estimates that every one degree cooler in summer adds around 10% to the amount of electricity that the air conditioner uses. Using the Ergon air con cost calculator, you can see how small changes to the cooling temperature can make a considerable difference to the cost of using an air conditioner.

Hourly cost of air con cooling temperature settings
Cooling capacity21°22°23°24°25°
2.5kW $0.16 $0.14 $0.13 $0.12 $0.11
3.5kW $0.26 $0.24 $0.21 $0.19 $0.18
5.0kW $0.40 $0.37 $0.33 $0.30 $0.25
6.0kW $0.50 $0.46 $0.40 $0.37 $0.33
7.1kW $0.58 $0.53 $0.47 $0.43 $0.38
8.0kW $0.66 $0.61 $0.53 $0.49 $0.46
10kW $0.87 $0.80 $0.70 $0.65 $0.52
14kW $1.34 $1.22 $1.08 $0.99 $0.92

Assumes 28.479c/kWh electricity usage rate.

The difference in hourly air con running costs across various temperatures might look relatively minor, but it can certainly add up. Take the following illustration.

Case example:


Krystal can’t stand summer, she much prefers the cold. Krystal uses her 6kW cooling capacity air conditioner every evening for 5 hours throughout the summer months. Her air con temperature is always set to 21°.

Using the earlier table, we see Krystal’s air conditioner usage will cost her 50c an hour, or close to $2.50 per day. If she leaves her air con running like this for 90 days of summer, it will cost her $225 on her next quarterly bill for air conditioning alone.

Now, if Krystal instead set her air conditioner’s temperature to 24°, that would cost her 13c less per hour (37c). Her air conditioner usage would now only cost $166.50 over summer – a saving of $58.50!

What is the right sized air conditioner for your home?

An air conditioner should generally have at least 80 watts of output per square meter of room you intend for it to cool or heat. If a room is larger than the air con was designed to cater for, then it will be less effective at controlling the temperature – while your remote control might say the air con is set to cool to 24°, the room temperature might actually be 28°. Conversely, if your room is too small for the air conditioner, the air con will over shoot the temperature that you intended to set it to. Below is approximate guide to ideal air con capacities given the room size.

Room Size m2Cooling capacity (C) / Heating Capacity (H)
3.0m x 3.0m = 9m2 2.5KW(C)/3.2KW(H)
5.0m x 5.0m = 25m2 3.5kw(C)/3.7KW – 4.3KW (H)
5.5m x 5.5m = 30m2 3.5kw(C)/3.7KW(H) – 5.0KW(C)/6.0KW(H)
6.3m x 6.3m = 40m2 5.0KW(C)/6.0KW(H) – 6.0KW(C)/7.2KW(H)
6.7m x 6.7m = 45m2 6.0KW(C)/7.2KW(H) – 7.1KW(C)/8.0KW(H)
7.1m x 7.1m = 50m2 7.1KW(C)/8.0KW(H) – 8.0KW(C)/9.0KW(H)
7.7m x 7.7m = 55m2 8.0KW(C)/9.0KW(H) – 9.2KW(C)/10.0KW(H)

General guide only. Source: Harvey Norman

Also keep in mind the ceiling height of the area you’re looking to heat/cool. The higher the ceiling, the more powerful of an air conditioner you will need. If you’re unsure about what size air conditioner you need, seek a professional quote.

Other things to consider:
  • Sealing and insulation: If the space you’re trying to heat or cool is poorly sealed or insulated, your air conditioner will have to work harder to reach the temperature you have set (i.e. if you’re trying to cool your home down to 24°, you may have to set your air conditioner’s temperature to 20°). As we’ve seen, this can be costly.
  • Energy efficiency: It almost goes without saying that you should try purchase an energy efficient air conditioner. An air conditioner will have a label with two star ratings. The blue one represents its cooling efficiency rating, while the orange one is for heating efficiency. In another article, Canstar Blue shows how much an energy efficient air conditioner might save you.
  • Alternatives to air conditioning: While we have shown that using an air conditioner on lower settings can save you money, not using the air conditioner at all will save you more. Ceiling fans and pedestal fans have considerably lower running costs than air conditioners. Also consider if solar air conditioning could be right for you.

For a commitment-free quote, or to talk to one of our experts about your heating and cooling needs, you have a number of options:

  • come into our extensive display & design centre at Camberwell Electrics 1110 Toorak Road
  • call us on 1300 882 257 (Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5pm)
  • Use the online booking button at the very bottom of the page below to book in a time with one of our expert product specialists.

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We will help guide you to choose the right air-conditioner to suit your home or office.