Your air conditioner is like the best friend you ever had…or maybe your Mum.
No matter what the conditions are, it’s always trying to do its best to make you happy. Thanklessly and with almost no due consideration from you for how hard it works or how it has to constantly adjust to the ever-changing environmental and emotional conditions that you put it through.
But unlike the unwavering sentiments of unconditional love, your air conditioner installation does harbour some basic requirements that are necessary to keep it functioning for you at its most devotional best. There are numerous ways to ensure that your air conditioner continues to love you, whilst simultaneously allowing it to run at its most efficient and minimise the cost of its utility.
We’ve compiled a handy list of hints and tips to help you keep your relationship with your air conditioner healthy, happy and harmonious…..for everyone’s sake.
Keeping Your AC Healthy With Service & Maintenance
Like its human contemporaries, your residential air conditioning unit requires regular servicing and maintenance to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Both reverse and split system aircon units contain air filters. These do exactly what they say on the tin and filter the air in your home to purify and remove dust and other particles. Naturally over time these build up and can clog and contaminate the air cycling through the system. The answer to prevention lies in the simple cure of replacing your filter every 6 to 12 months. Left unattended, your air conditioning units not only cease to work as effectively, they also have to work harder, which costs you more money in rising energy costs and air conditioning repair.
Pay Attention To Your Settings
Every degree matters where your power bills are concerned, so getting your thermostat set to the right temperature is a critical part of optimising your domestic air conditioner service. The rough guide for an ideal room temperature is between 22 and 24 degrees celsius. Depending on how much of a stickler you are for coolness, setting your temperature to even one degree warmer can potentially cut your costs by up to 10% – something to consider when weighing up comfort and costs.
Essentially the bottom line is that the harder your air con has to work to cool the space, the more it uses energy and therefore cost. Optimally, you don’t want to set your temperature to more than eight degrees below the outside temperature. Maybe sometimes there’s a call for it, but be aware of your environmental conditions and beware of ignoring the changes in temperature.
Timing Is Everything
With the previous point in mind, it’s also worth bearing in mind that your settings and overall usage can be adjusted throughout the day and night. Our bodies naturally cool overnight, so the need for all-night air conditioning is not always necessary. Turning your air con unit off while you sleep, or setting a timer to shut it down at a certain time will help you keep your costs at a minimum compared to constant, unregulated usage. This point is so valuable we’ve written you a whole separate guide to air con usage for nighttime use, because that’s how we roll – Check it out HERE
Play It Cool
Your home emits heat in all sorts of ways that don’t just come from our somewhat oppressive Australian sunshine. Televisions, lights, ovens, computers, hair driers, heated towel rails….we’ve got gadgets for everything these days, and they all have a power usage of their own. The result is a general, overall increase in the standard temperature of our home spaces. You might find that a room with computers and televisions operating frequently has a temperature that’s often higher than your dining room for instance.
Closing off areas or keeping certain spaces more efficiently ventilated can help to stop your air conditioner from having to stretch itself too thin.
Closed doors can help with not only keeping cool air in, they also reduce the area that requires cooling, so your energy bills are immediately reduced.
Where possible, turn electrical appliances and lights off if they’re not being used. As always, counting the pennies and not the pounds can get you everywhere when energy is concerned.
Fitting your home out with blinds or curtains is a year round winner winner situation. While they serve the obvious benefit of keeping the chill out during the cooler months, they also create an insulating effect for the cooler air con air that you’re using during the summer months. During the hottest times of the day, they’re also great for intercepting the sun’s rays and keeping your living space shady and cool, so that your air con doesn’t have to work in isolation. Plus it gives the neighbours something to talk about.
But seriously, closing blinds and curtains at the hottest point of the day is a great cost saving solution for your energy bills.
Last Of All
If you’re not home – turn your AC off.
No kidding Captain Obvious.
But really. That’s a thing. Your sofa doesn’t need to reap the hard earned benefits of your working life just to stay chilly while you’re away from home. Set yourself a timer to coincide with your return or open the door for an extra halfa when you get back.
At Coolabah we’re expert, professionals in air conditioner installation in Tweed Heads. We’re always happy to help you save money, energy and the hassle throughout the year. Consult with an expert at coolabah on your air conditioning options this year.
Coolabah Cooling is your source for quality air conditioning services, including maintenance and repair. Our team of air conditioning professionals will be more than happy to answer all your questions and address your needs. Talk to us today!