5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Air Conditioning
Having an air conditioner installed in your home, whether its split system or ducted, is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity. Can you imagine a hot summer day without an aircon? Probably not. When we feel uncomfortable,we can hardly perform our everyday tasks. That is why air conditioners are a must-have. However, if it gets broken or you do not maintain in according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, your aircon can cause you more trouble than good, including a high energy bill. Whatever device you decide to purchase, split system or mobile, there are certain tip and tricks regarding the maintenance. Part of the work you can do by yourself, while for some issues you will have to call a professional. For comprehensive info on how to get the most of the air conditioner, read the following guide.
1. Clean Your Aircon
Coils, vents, and filters, everything needs to be cleaned. There are plenty of websites that can help you understand how to clean the parts, but it is best to contact a professional. However, when it comes to filters, feel free to engage in a DIY project. If you have a split system, carefully remove the protective front lid, detach the filters and run warm water over them. I do the entire process in my bathtub. When the dust is out, you can even put a few drops of essential oils and your air conditioner will become an air freshener. You should repeat the procedure at least once a month. Dirty filters will not only prevent your aircon to work properly, but the accumulated pollutants can cause asthma or allergy attacks and respiratory infections.
2. Location, Location, Location
Your aircon needs to be in the best spot to ensure your house cools quickly. If your air conditioner is located at the window, make sure drapes do not block it because it can cause ice formation. If you improve the air flow and the ice persists, you might be dealing with the refrigerant leakage. If it is possible, put an aircon on a window that is in the shade. That way it will take less energy for the device to cool the air. Also, if you want to save energy, make sure that the window air conditioner is not located near the main AC exhaust.
Split systems should be placed in the middle of the area that needs to be cooled. Highly trained professionals can also advise you on the most energy-efficient locations for the device. They will probably suggest you to place the air conditioner on the north side of the house because it is the coolest side.
3. Close Everything
Ensure that all the doors and windows are closed, the house is well insulated so that the air doesn’t escape and you aren’t wasting energy. This will maximize the efficiency of your air con. There is no point of turning the air conditioner on if the hot air is constantly entering the room. Also, for the same reason, turn kitchen and bathroom vents off.
Some air conditioners, on the other hand, work better when doors and windows are not closed. These devices are used for large, open areas or lobbies. In any other case, make sure that all windows and doors are closed.
4. Get a Smart Thermostat
They regulate the temperature during the day and night, so you don’t have to. You can even control the system through the app when you are not home. That can drastically lower your energy bill. A smart thermostat allows you to set the temperature, and schedule operating hours according to your needs. That way, when you or your family members come home, the air conditioner will have already cooled the house.
Most of these devices are designed to complement the interior of the room. They are equipped with a touchscreen where you can set the timer and the temperature, wifi feature so you can connect to the internet. The thermostat can even warn you about the extreme weather conditions and that the filter needs to be changed. This piece of equipment is not cheap, but it will pay off in long-term.
5. Service and Maintain the System!
Get the most out of your air con by extending its life. Professionals can ensure it is working to its full potential, so you aren’t wasting money. Air conditioners require professional maintenance once a year, while you can clean the filters every month. However, do not forget an outside unit as well. Accumulated dust can cause fungi to form which is not only dangerous for the health but can also prevent a device from working properly.
You can contact our team that will come to your house, check the refrigerant levels, and clean the device to make sure there are not any fungi and other pollutants. An air conditioner that is not maintained can do more harm than good and can become a serious health hazard.
The Bottom Line
For your air conditioner to work at an optimum level, you need to maintain it at least once a year and clean the filters every month especially if you have pets. Only in this case,the device will perform according to your needs and will not compromise the air quality in the room which can lead to health issues. If you start suffering from respiratory infections or allergies, a broken air conditioner might be the one to blame. When it comes to cleaning the filters, inside and outside unit, you can do it yourself because it requires minimum skills. However, if the device is broken calling a professional team is definitely a must.
Other actions you can take to get the most of your air conditioner include closing the doors of the rooms you do not need to be cooled, setting the temperature at 23°C for energy efficiency, close the blinds to add some extra shade, and if the budget allows you, insulate the house.