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Have bought/built a small property (holiday home) near Angeles to use when visiting my wife's relatives as per this thread: http://www.expatforum.com/expats/phi...ing-costs.html

While I was there I visited some of the electrical stores in SM Clark to take a look at air conditioning options. I had never bought an airconditioning unit before and was therefore quite taken aback at the prices which seemed to range from 40,000 pesos upwards for any decent 'split-type' air conditioning unit.

Anyway, two questions as a result of this:

1) Do you have any particular recommendation on a specific shop or brand that is reliable and effective (and will not break the bank)? It would need to be capable of at least 12,000 to 15,000 BTU/KJ based on the size of our house.

2) Am currently living in Malaysia and when I compared the air conditioner prices here it seemed that they were less than half the price of those in the Philippines. Can anyone advise if we would need to pay any tax/duty if we simply purchased a unit here and shipped it ourselves? If so - any idea how much that tax/duty would be?

Many thanks in advance!

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Have bought/built a small property (holiday home) near Angeles to use when visiting my wife's relatives as per this thread: http://www.expatforum.com/expats/phi...ing-costs.html

While I was there I visited some of the electrical stores in SM Clark to take a look at air conditioning options. I had never bought an airconditioning unit before and was therefore quite taken aback at the prices which seemed to range from 40,000 pesos upwards for any decent 'split-type' air conditioning unit.

Anyway, two questions as a result of this:

1) Do you have any particular recommendation on a specific shop or brand that is reliable and effective (and will not break the bank)? It would need to be capable of at least 12,000 to 15,000 BTU/KJ based on the size of our house.

2) Am currently living in Malaysia and when I compared the air conditioner prices here it seemed that they were less than half the price of those in the Philippines. Can anyone advise if we would need to pay any tax/duty if we simply purchased a unit here and shipped it ourselves? If so - any idea how much that tax/duty would be?

Many thanks in advance!
Your split AC's should not cost that much.
Here are prices I have been quoted in Davao
Brand LG 1.5HP Standard type P23,500. Inverter type P30,500
Brand Panasonic 1.5HP Standard type P28,000. Inverter type P38,000

Unfortunately Malaysia is 50Hz supply same as UK, whereas Philippines is 60Hz supply. You will face problems using AC units bought from Malaysia.
Hope this helps.
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Try 'Savers' on McArthur highway and if you're going to run it for more than 6 hours a day then definitely get the inverter type.
Bear in mind that the price you negotiate does not include installation which has to be done by an approved installer or it invalidates any warranty.
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Also try looking at the S&R in Pampanga, they do seasonal deals so the selection now might not be as good as during the hotter times of the year but you can find good pricing on selected units. As was already posted, you will need to pay for professional installation...

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I think you are being a bit ambitous going for a split type. The hole in the wall types are much cheaper.
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For a vacation house, I'd personally go with window type units.
For a permanent/retirement house, I'd have split types installed.

As for inverters, some expats have had problems with them, especially with lizards shorting out the ridiculously expensive controller boards. An expat living near IloIlo has a website detailing the building of his house there and he has several posts where he discusses the pros and cons of purchasing an inverter type aircon vs a regular type.

If its ok with JetLag, I'll see if I can find the site and post it here later.
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For a vacation house, I'd personally go with window type units.
For a permanent/retirement house, I'd have split types installed.

As for inverters, some expats have had problems with them, especially with lizards shorting out the ridiculously expensive controller boards. An expat living near IloIlo has a website detailing the building of his house there and he has several posts where he discusses the pros and cons of purchasing an inverter type aircon vs a regular type.

If its ok with JetLag, I'll see if I can find the site and post it here later.
Yes I read that story and several others when researching the AC's for my house. It is true that the control circuitry is much more complex for the inverter types. In the end I decided to hedge my bets, I am going for 1.5HP standard split types in the bedrooms and 2HP inverter types in living areas downstairs.

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For a vacation house, I'd personally go with window type units.
For a permanent/retirement house, I'd have split types installed.

As for inverters, some expats have had problems with them, especially with lizards shorting out the ridiculously expensive controller boards. An expat living near IloIlo has a website detailing the building of his house there and he has several posts where he discusses the pros and cons of purchasing an inverter type aircon vs a regular type.

If its ok with JetLag, I'll see if I can find the site and post it here later.
That is Bob Hammerslag in Tigbuan, about 20 Kms out of Iloilo proper. He & I have conversed a couple times some time ago but I haven't heard from him for the last year & a half. I remember Tukaram had some not-so-good thoughts about inverter appliances too in a thread about appliances awhile ago. I think he was a HVAC Tech in his working life.

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Have bought/built a small property (holiday home) near Angeles to use when visiting my wife's relatives as per this thread: https://www.expatforum.com/expats/ph...ing-costs.html

While I was there I visited some of the electrical stores in SM Clark to take a look at air conditioning options. I had never bought an airconditioning unit before and was therefore quite taken aback at the prices which seemed to range from 40,000 pesos upwards for any decent 'split-type' air conditioning unit.

Anyway, two questions as a result of this:

1) Do you have any particular recommendation on a specific shop or brand that is reliable and effective (and will not break the bank)? It would need to be capable of at least 12,000 to 15,000 BTU/KJ based on the size of our house.

2) Am currently living in Malaysia and when I compared the air conditioner prices here it seemed that they were less than half the price of those in the Philippines. Can anyone advise if we would need to pay any tax/duty if we simply purchased a unit here and shipped it ourselves? If so - any idea how much that tax/duty would be?

Many thanks in advance!
I have used window and split. I will never buy a window unit again. They are getting expensive and unsanitary.

Once you buy a split you will never go window again.
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For me, central air conditioning is the most efficient and powerful way of keeping your whole house cool. With greater indoor comfort, cooler temperatures, and lower humidity, you could also expect a lower energy bill, you could check LG APNQ36GRA0 or Panasonic CSUS18SKQ units.


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