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How to choose an air conditioner if you live in a tropical region

Feb 17, 2021
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Tropical regions of Australia such as the Northern Territory and Northern Queensland, do not experience typical seasons of summer, spring, autumn and winter. Instead, the locals in these northern areas refer to wet and dry seasons. This means it is essential for those living in these often hot and humid locations to choose an air conditioner that is suitable for the conditions. Here are some tips to help you through the decision-making process:

  1. Suitability

    Before going to an air conditioning specialist or retailer, know the size of each room you would like to cool. The number and size of the rooms will assist in determining how powerful an air conditioner needs to be effective in the space. Once you have a good idea of the space you can decide what system will best suit your needs. Fujitsu General Lifestyle Cooling Only air conditioning units are a cost-effective solution for tropical areas. Operating a cooling only unit provides year-round comfort and control through both wet and dry seasons.

  2. Energy efficiency

    Installing a system with energy efficient features can help manage power usage and household spending.  The Fujitsu General Lifestyle Cooling Only range includes the same advanced energy management features as Fujitsu’s reverse cycle products, including Human Sensor Control and Economy Mode. When in operation, human sensor control minimises energy usage by switching the unit into energy saving mode when no motion is detected for 20 minutes. It does this by modifying the set temperature to minimise energy consumption. Normal operation will resume when motion is redetected. 

  3. Humidity

    The wet season brings very high humidity and not all systems are suited to these conditions. For those living in Australia’s tropical regions, Fujitsu General air conditioning units offer ‘dry mode’ function. Dry mode works very similarly to cooling mode. In dry mode, the fan operates at a low-speed drawing air though the air conditioning unit to remove the moisture (humidity) from the room.

  4. Warranty and servicing
    Regardless of the climate, you live in or the time of year, dust, dirt, and mould can build up inside and outside any air conditioning unit. Servicing your air conditioner is highly recommended for long term reliability and performance. A professional maintenance service once a year is ideal, depending on usage, and you can also clean filters in between seasons for improved air flow and system care.

    Also, investigate the manufacturer’s warranty options before purchasing. Air conditioners are an investment and while regular maintenance and servicing is necessary, having a system with a strong warranty can put your mind at ease in the unlikely event of something going wrong.


To accommodate the different seasons and temperature ranges around Australia, Fujitsu has an air conditioning solution to keep homes comfortable all year round, regardless of location. A professional will give you guidance on what systems are suitable options for your needs. You can also use the Fujitsu General Economatch selection tool to help match the right air conditioner to each room.

For more information on air conditioning solutions for your home, or if you have any questions about the features of your existing system, contact Fujitsu General Assist on 1300 364 484 to speak to a member of our friendly customer service team. 

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