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Due to the current global warming, summers are getting hotter and hotter in Europe as well. As a result, the demand for air-conditioned rooms is constantly increasing. Toshiba offers a possibility to cool rooms with its air conditioners.

In the following Toshiba air conditioner test 2021 we want to help you find an air conditioner from Toshiba that is best suited for you. We have compared air conditioners in different sizes and want to show you the various advantages and disadvantages in the following. This should make your purchase decision as easy as possible.




Summary

  • Toshiba offers split air conditioners, which are air conditioners with one indoor unit and one or more outdoor units.
  • Toshiba offers air conditioning systems for the different applications for home, small business and large commercial building complexes.
  • Toshiba - like most manufacturers - uses HFC (precisely R32, i.e. difluoromethane) as a refrigerant, which has a high greenhouse potential.

The Best Toshiba Air Condition: Our Choice

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Toshiba air conditioner

If you're thinking about getting a Toshiba air conditioner, there are certainly some questions you'll want answered before making a purchase decision.

In our guide below, we answer the most frequently asked questions about Toshiba air conditioners so you can find the Toshiba air conditioner that's best for you.

What makes Toshiba air conditioners different from other manufacturers?

Unlike other manufacturers, Toshiba mainly offers split systems. Split air conditioners basically consist of an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units. The outdoor unit forms the cooling compressor and the indoor unit(s) draws in the room air, filters it and finally cools it. Both units are permanently mounted.

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A split air conditioner consists of an outdoor unit (as shown here on the bottom right) and one or more indoor units.
(Image source: pixabay.com / marioschmidtphoto)

The advantage of such split air conditioners is, on the one hand, the significantly increased efficiency compared to mono-air conditioners and, on the other hand, the lower noise level due to the fact that the compressor is outside.

Split air conditioners in particular are in the range.

Split air conditioners also fundamentally offer increased comfort at home and can significantly improve the quality of life, especially for older people.

However, these advantages over monobloc systems also come with considerable disadvantages. For example, installation requires breaking through a wall and therefore incurs higher costs. In addition, unlike monobloc air conditioners, split air conditioners tend to leak refrigerant more often, which is why regular leak checks are mandatory.

Advantages
  • Due to increased efficiency compared to monobloc air conditioners
  • Lower noise level due to compressor outside
  • Increased comfort at home
Disadvantages
  • Complex installation with wall breakthrough, expensive
  • Larger quantities of climate-damaging refrigerant required
  • More prone to leaks, regular leak test mandatory

Are spare parts and accessories available for Toshiba air conditioners?

Both spare parts and various accessories are available for Toshiba air conditioners. For example, Toshiba offers advice on spare parts by mail (at [email protected]). Accessories are also available, such as various detection systems, remote controls or ventilation systems.

At what prices are Toshiba air conditioners available?

Toshiba air conditioners start at around 850€ and can cost up to several thousand euros depending on the functions, size and number of units.

In addition to the cost of the unit itself, there are also installation costs ranging from several hundred euros to several thousand euros, as a specialist refrigerant technician is required.

Unit type price
Simple single-split air-conditioning systems for the home from 850€
More powerful multi-split air-conditioning systems for businesses up to 3000€
VRF air-conditioning systems for large business building complexes 10,000 up to 18,000€
Installation for the air-conditioning systems several hundred to several thousand euros depending on size

What is the power consumption of Toshiba air conditioners?

Air conditioners are generally known to have a very high power consumption. Exactly how much electricity is consumed depends on the size of the room to be air conditioned, how far down the room is to be cooled, how long the air conditioner is to run and exactly what unit is being used.

Basically very high power consumption

Compared to other air conditioners, Toshiba air conditioners have a rather high energy efficiency class of A to A+++.

Due to the use of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) as refrigerants, air conditioners contribute significantly to global warming. In contrast to its predecessor HCFC, HFC, which is replacing HCFC after a gradual ban, contributes less to the depletion of the ozone layer, but is no less harmful to the climate due to its high global warming potential (GWP).

Also high GWP due to the use of HFCs.

Most Toshiba air conditioners use the refrigerant R-32 (difluoromethane), which has a lower GWP than other HFC compounds and is therefore often sold as "more climate-friendly". However, if one compares R-32 with other greenhouse gases such as CO2, it has a global warming potential 677 times greater than CO2 (source: IPCC Report 2013).

According to Greenpeace studies, fluorocarbons could already account for 10% of the total greenhouse effect by 2050 if no countermeasures are taken. This is more than the global emissions from today's traffic.

What are the alternatives to Toshiba air conditioners?

There are various alternatives to the Toshiba split air conditioners:

  • mobile monosplit air conditioners
  • Climate-friendly air conditioners with propane as refrigerant
  • Natural cooling / fan

As an alternative to split air conditioners, there are also monosplit units that only consist of an indoor unit and no outdoor unit. The advantage of such air conditioners is that they are mobile and can therefore be used flexibly in different rooms. In contrast to split units, however, they consume more electricity and are often louder.

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A fan is a much cheaper alternative to the air conditioner. The fan is particularly effective if you place it on the floor in front of a bucket of ice so that the bucket is blown on by the fan.
(Image source: pixabay.com / S. Hermann & F. Richter)

There are now also air conditioners that use propane as a refrigerant. In contrast to conventional air conditioners, which use HFCs, these devices have a much lower global warming potential (only 3.3 times that of CO2). Companies that offer air conditioners with propane as a refrigerant are, for example, De Longhi, Comfee or Klarstein.

Options for cooling without air conditioning.

Apart from these air conditioners, there are also other, cheaper and more environmentally friendly ways to cool rooms. On the one hand, there are, for example, some tips that can be implemented in summer to keep the house/apartment as cool as possible. These include, for example, only ventilating at night, using blinds during the day, unplugging electrical appliances, and much more.

Decision: What types of air conditioners does Toshiba offer and which one is right for me?

Toshiba distinguishes between three different types of units, namely air conditioners for the home or small business, air conditioners for commercial applications and air conditioners for large commercial building complexes.

Smaller air conditioners for the home

For homes or small businesses such as cafés and shops, Toshiba offers air conditioners in the "Residential" series. Air conditioners in this series are available as single and multi-split air conditioners with a cooling capacity of 2 to 10 kW. They are therefore ideal for the home.

Air conditioners for commercial applications

Toshiba also offers air conditioners for commercial use with a nominal cooling capacity of 3.6 to 23kW. These units are designed for continuous commercial operation and are available in single and multi-split air conditioning systems.

Especially in factories and office buildings, air conditioning can also be useful to increase employee work performance and provide a sense of comfort to customers.

VRF air conditioning systems for large commercial buildings

Last but not least, Toshiba also offers air conditioning systems for more complex installation in larger commercial complexes such as hotels and office buildings. Such air conditioning systems reach a nominal cooling capacity of up to 135kW as stand-alone units and offer the possibility for precise control with the help of ventilation kits.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate Toshiba air conditioners

In the following section, we will show you some factors that you can use to decide on a suitable Toshiba air conditioner. These criteria include:

Dimensions / Shape

Depending on where the air conditioner is to be used, you should of course take a closer look at the dimensions. Toshiba offers air conditioners in a wide range of dimensions so that there is a suitable air conditioner for different room layouts.

Toshiba especially offers many indoor units in a long but low shape that look good higher up on the wall. Similar to these shapes, Toshiba also offers long, low and especially deep air conditioners that can be recessed into the wall.

There are also more square shapes for the wall (like a heater suitable for under a window) or for the ceiling. These square ceiling panels - as in this picture - can also ensure better air distribution due to their shape.

Noise level

Especially if the air conditioner is intended for the bedroom, attention should of course be paid to the noise level. Toshiba offers units with different noise levels from 20db up to 80db. Some Toshiba air conditioners have so-called "Quiet" modes, which can reduce the noise level down to 19db(A).

In principle, however, split air conditioners offer the great advantage that the cooling compressor is outside and thus the noise level can be significantly reduced in contrast to monobloc units.

Cooling capacity

Depending on the size of the room to be cooled or how far down the room is to be cooled, an air conditioner with a higher cooling capacity is needed. Toshiba offers air conditioners with a cooling capacity of 2.0 kW up to 135 kW.

While in a simple flat an air conditioner with 2.0kW - 5kW will most likely be sufficient, in larger building complexes - such as hotels or office buildings - a significantly higher cooling capacity is required.

The size of the room to be cooled and the difference to the desired temperature therefore determine the required cooling capacity.

Energy efficiency class

In principle, air-conditioning systems must be expected to consume a relatively high amount of electricity, as the effort required to cool a room is similar to that required to heat a room. An increase in electricity costs should therefore be expected.

The energy efficiency class indicates how energy-efficient the air conditioners are compared to other air conditioners. Most Toshiba units achieve at least class A energy efficiency. However, there are also Toshiba air conditioners that are more energy efficient and less efficient. For example, some Toshiba air conditioners achieve energy efficiency class A+++ while others "only" achieve class A energy efficiency.

You can find much of this information about the different products online on the official Toshiba air conditioner homepage.

Note: It is worthwhile to check both the German and the Austrian websites, as the information may differ in scope.

Facts worth knowing about Toshiba air conditioners

Now that you know what you need to know to find the right air conditioner for you, here are a few facts worth knowing. Among other things, we have summarised useful tips for handling and a few solutions for common problems below.

What maintenance is necessary?

A regular leak test is mandatory.

A Toshiba air conditioner may only be installed by trained specialists. Generally, it should also be checked and serviced regularly to prevent damage and the like. Due to the EU-wide F-gas regulation, a regular leakage test is also required by law.

How can I properly adjust a Toshiba air conditioner?

As already mentioned, installation should only be carried out by trained refrigeration specialists. However, the unit can still be adjusted appropriately by yourself. For example, you can adjust the timer settings, the brightness of the indicator lights or the power level.

How exactly the air conditioner is set can be found in the respective operating instructions. In principle, Toshiba air conditioners are usually set via a remote control.

With the remote control, you can primarily switch the air conditioner on and off and set the desired temperature. In addition, the ECO button or the HiPower button can be used to reduce or increase the power. Another interesting feature is that you can minimise the noise level with the remote control by using the Quiet mode.

In addition, you can set a timer on most units using the adjustable On and Off buttons.

Here is a short video description of the most commonly used settings for an air conditioner. Note: The buttons and functions may vary slightly from unit to unit.

What can I do if the Toshiba air conditioner displays an error message? Who can I contact?

If the indoor unit display is flashing, turn off the power for 30 seconds and then restart the air conditioner. If the display continues to flash, an inspection is required. The operating instructions should be followed for inspection and the information obtained should be passed on to a specialist.

Where can I find operating instructions for Toshiba air conditioners?

On the Austrian website of Toshiba air conditioners the operating instructions for the different air conditioners are available. Under "Products" you can find the manuals for the respective air conditioners as PDF files for download.

The manual provided there contains instructions for various settings (timer, temperature setting, ...). There is also a description of how to optimally clean the respective air conditioner.

How can I clean a Toshiba air conditioner?

The indoor unit of an air conditioner should be cleaned regularly. Proper cleaning can significantly extend the life of the unit and can also contribute to better energy efficiency.

The outside of the indoor unit can be wiped with a soft cloth and lukewarm water, and the remote control with a dry cloth. To clean the air filter inside the air conditioner, the operating instructions should be consulted.

Basically, the air filter is removed and cleaned either with a hoover or with water. The following video shows how to easily clean the filter and what happens if it is not cleaned for a long time.

What warranty do I get on my Toshiba air conditioner?

Toshiba air conditioners come with a 2-year warranty as standard. By stating the date of purchase, the serial number and the unit number, you can find out exactly how long the warranty will last for the specific unit.

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