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
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