Overall, both Optima and All Climate Solutions are excellent choices for installing air conditioning in your home. Our review team rated Optima as the top ranked company in Melbourne, with an impressive 4.5 star Compare Air Conditioning rating, while All Climate Solutions is the third ranked Melbourne company, with a very strong 4 star Compare Air Conditioning rating.
Optima generally comes out on top of All Climate Solutions, particularly on having low, steady all-year-round prices and very speedy response times. However, if you need financing or consider weekend availability as a critical factor, All Climate Solutions may be the preferable option
Optima is very strong in offering their best price up front, without relying on discounts, promotions and price matching. Although their pricing structure can be quite rigid, and they do not offer price matching, volume discounts, deals and promotions or financing options to their customers, they provide some of the most competitive prices. In fact, when compared against the other top Melbourne companies, Optima came out as equal best on price.
While All Climate Solutions also do not offer price matching, they do offer volume discounts, providing customers with slightly cheaper cost per unit where multiple units are purchased at once. They also offer deals and promotions and take this into consideration with their quotations, although these deals change and are dependent on when they are offered by the specific manufacturers, which is mainly during the winter months. All Climate Solutions was rated equal third on cost effectiveness against the other top Melbourne companies. Their prices, while a bit higher than Optima, remain competitive within the overall Melbourne air con installation market.
Despite Optima’s rigid price model, it is overall a slightly cheaper option and customers are likely to get a more cost effective price than All Climate Solutions. If price is your number 1 factor, then Optima is a slightly superior option. That said, during certain times of the year, customers may be able to take advantage of a particularly good All Climate Solutions’ promotion or volume discount which may provide customers with great value.
All Climate Solutions also offer financing options. Optima does not. If having the ability to pay for the air con installation in instalments over time is a critical factor for you, then All Climate Solutions should be your preference.
Both Optima and All Climate Solutions offer free on-site quotes, which is an industry standard practice in Melbourne.
Our review found that Optima has very high customer service standards overall. Their service both over the phone and via email is outstanding and ranked the highest of our top 5 Melbourne companies. Their rapport and general helpfulness over the phone was outstanding, rating 8/10, a slightly higher rating than All Climate Solutions, which also scored a very strong 7.5/10. By email, Optima are exceptional, in terms of the quality of their responses and quick response times. All Climate Solutions were also strong in this area (rated by our review team 8/10), but not quite as strong as Optima in this regard.
Where Optima set themselves apart is their response times. Optima’s response times are the fastest of our top 5 companies, following up with their customers very quickly in acknowledging receipt of an initial customer enquiry and in sending the actual quote, both in less than 6 hours. All Climate Solutions also respond relatively quickly, acknowledging receipt of a request from a customer within 6 – 24 hours, and providing a quote following a request within 24 – 48 hours. This was impressive, but not as strong as Optima on this factor.
Optima also gains high scored reviews with an average of 4.4 out of 5 across the reviews posted on business review sites. All Climate Solutions also receive good scores across business review sites with an average score of 4.3 out of 5.
All Climate Solutions are also available on weekends generally on Saturday morning, providing customers who prefer service outside of business hours with a weekend option. Optima, on the other hand, are not generally available on weekends. For customers that work full time during the week and can’t make time during the week, All Climate Solutions may be the preference option.
Optima have been operating for over 30 years since 1985 and have a wealth of technical expertise and experience behind them, whereas All Climate Solutions have been operating since 2007, with 11 years of industry experience since first establishing the business.
Both companies service commercial and residential properties, including apartments and have the ARC tick of approval, providing them with a license to handle refrigerants.
All Climate Solutions are generally happy to install systems in apartment buildings subject to their on-site inspection and body corporate approval. Optima will generally do the same, also subject to body corporate approval, although Optima may occasionally decline the apartment job where the apartment building is already serviced by another provider, advising that it is best the customer stays with the original provider who knows and understands the building requirements.
Both Optima and All Climate Solutions provide a 6-year installation warranty on their systems, ensuring any installation issues are guaranteed for a good length of time after the initial installation work is completed.