How to maximise your air conditioner’s efficiency

With the continually rising cost of electricity, it’s important to find ways to maximize your air conditioner’s efficiency. Having your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast check your air con system yearly will ensure it’s running properly and efficiently, but there are a few things you can do yourself, such as:

  • Setting the thermostat

It’s not a good idea to constantly fiddle with the thermostat controls as this, usually causes the system to run longer than necessary with longer on and off cycles

If you want a different setting in different rooms, invest in a zoning system for customized cooling and maximum efficiency. When you’re out of the house, a particular area or room, using timers to turn down or off the cooling in those areas will help reduce overall cooling costs

Try setting the thermostat at a reasonable level, lowering the temperature setting will not cool down the room or house quicker, it will just cause the unit to run for longer

  • Your condenser

Clean around your condenser and remove any dust, debris, leaves or spider webs as this will allow for more air flow and help it to work more efficiently. It’s also a good idea to provide shade to keep it cool as this helps its efficiency.

Remove any plants or objects that are within two feet of your compressor as they could impede or obstruct the air flow reducing its efficiency

  • Filters

It’s important to clean or change the filters on a regular basis so they don’t reduce your indoor air quality or flow causing the compressor to work longer. The floor vents clean and unblocked with furniture and curtains well away to maintain a steady air flow

  • Keep the cool air inside

The cool air inside will flow out any doors, windows or vents that are left open. To air your home, turn off the air con and open all the doors and windows instead of cooling down the neighbourhood.

If your ceiling is not insulated, consider getting some insulation for placed there. It will be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter so your air con will not have to work so long or hard

Glass transfers the cool air out and lets the heat in, so keeping blinds and curtains closed helps to keep the inside temperature constant. If you have a lot of glass, consider double glazing, it won’t take long to recover the extra cost in energy savings.

Direct sunlight can very quickly heat up the inside so investing shade cloths above windows and doors can reduce the heat as well as the glare
Gaps around doors and windows also allow the cool air to leak outside, so check the seals and install draft stoppers on the bottom of doors.

Insure any ductwork or cooling pipe work is properly insulated and have your ducts cleaned by a professional regularly to remove any dust of mould

Ensure lamps and heat producing appliances are well away from thermostats as their heat can trigger your thermostat to turn on the air con when it’s not needed. Appliances such as clothes dryers and electric oven should be used in the coolest parts of the day. Ask your friendly electrician on the Gold Coast to install a zoning system to make your air con more efficient

What are the main causes of Power Outages?

Power outages are unpredictable as they can happen at any time and without any warning. Unless you’re prepared it can be quite disruptive and stressful. Your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast can help with ideas on how to make these unfortunate episodes easier and also provide your home with a backup emergency power supply that gives you lights and keeps your security system operational whenever there is a power outage.

Types of power outages

There are four main types or categories of power outages or power faults, these are:

  • Planned shutdowns – These are done when the power supply companies need to do scheduled maintenance. Customers are notified of the date and time of the shutdown
  • A permanent fault –This usually happens when there is a fault on the main power lines, power is restored automatically once the fault is fixed and the fault cleared
  • A brownout – This is usually caused by a temporary drop in your electrical supply
  • A blackout – A blackout is where there is a total loss of power over an area, it may last for a few minutes, hours, days or even weeks depending on the reason for the blackout

The most common causes of power outages are:

  • Weather

The Gold Coast is blessed with a wonderful year round climate, but at times those of us living here have to put up with cyclones, cold snaps with ice and hailstones, very heavy rains, flooding and dust storms over the hot months. This can cause problems with equipment breakages and water damage causing power failures

  • Electrical spikes

Electrical spikes are a temporary voltage increase; these can be caused by lightning strikes and electrical storms, short circuits and tripped circuit breakers. Normally these can cause a short power outage unless they have also caused major electrical damage to lines or equipment and then there could be a delay while repairs are made

  • Vehicles

Many of the power lies that service our homes are located along roads and highways. This makes them vulnerable to motor vehicle accidents. Broken power poles and electrical power lines take time to repair and replace so often this causes power outages

  • Bushfires

Bushfires can destroy miles of electric power lines and other power infrastructure as well as preventing repair people from gaining access to restore the power supply. When there is a bushfire, you must have your local electrician on the Gold Coast check your home’s wiring for faults or problems caused by power surges or spikes during the fire

  • Animals

The Gold Coast is home to a variety of wild animals such as rats and mice, centipedes and large insects, possums, snakes and birds that often find their way into different types of electrical installation and equipment areas used to control the power supply looking for food or shelter. If the come into contact with live connections such as fuses or connectors or transformers they could cause a short that results in a power outage until the problem is located and the fault repaired

 

Fortunately, power outages are quite uncommon on The gold Coast, they usually happen during bad storms from lightning or flooding. Bird strikes, vehicle accidents and bushfires are also major reasons for power outages around The Gold Coast area.