When the sweltering heat and humidity of our tropical climate gets too much to bear, we look to air-conditioned interiors for refuge. We realise that nothing alleviates the discomfort quite like an air conditioner can, so we surveyed the landscape to bring you the top 6 air-conditioners in Malaysia for 2016-2017.
From the weather extremes of Osaka (Japan) comes a global air conditioning manufacturer with nearly a century of experience and a propensity for innovative designs such as the Infinity series – which combines titanium-based dust filters with active plasma generators and ionizers into a single air conditioner. Daikin’s ecological conscience is visibly exercised with their sizable investments into research and development for improvements in energy savings and environmental impact, resulting in their pioneering adoption of the environmentally-friendly R-32 refrigerant gas.
Utilising their global reach and 90 years of experience in the broad landscape of home appliances, Electrolux practices a philosophy of thoughtful design to provide air conditioners which combine a host of innovations: Vitamin C nanoparticle sprays to combat air contaminants, active plasma generator dust filters, and inner components coated with gold particles for protection against corrosion.
Another air conditioner manufacturer with its origin in Japan’s post-imperial era, the Hitachi group is a far-reaching entity with innovative developments in almost every technological arena including transportation, healthcare, and construction. Drawing from their vast experience, Hitachi’s most impressive of air conditioners comes with thermal and imaging cameras that provide realtime feedback on temperature pockets and human activity in a room, in addition to bio-filters based on UV light and titanium nano-particles coated in wasabi.
We briefly touched on Midea’s humble past in our review of ceiling fans, but we would be remiss if we did not mention their air conditioning offerings as well. Midea applies the same know-how and manufacturing base derived from decades of experience in home appliances to provide affordable innovation in their air conditioners, such as power-saving inverters, multi-stage filters, in addition to louvers that remember their position.
Having just turned 100, Panasonic is among the longest-running electronics manufacturers hailing from post-imperial Japan, its name having been associated with nearly every form of electronic device used across multiple generations. Panasonic’s Sky Series boasts a feature that is first among any air conditioner – an additional louver panel that swings upwards to direct air at the ceiling for rapid cooling.
At its core, York is a global entity specializing in building management systems for commercial buildings. As a result of their specialisation, their air conditioners for homes are infused with industrial-grade power efficiency, durability, and noise-reducing design considerations that can only be derived from decades of experience with large-scale commercial systems.
*Brands are listed alphabetically.
Are you not quite ready for the investment of an air conditioner? Take a look at our top five picks of ceiling fans in Malaysia.
Article by Kevin Eichenberger