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How can I make a split system air conditioner more efficient?

Posted by Andrew McNulty, Owner, Air Central on 14 February 2018

Are you tired of worrying about skyrocketing energy prices every time you turn on your air conditioner? With summer just around the corner, many people will be pondering if they can afford to run their air conditioner this season.  Let's look at some tips on how you can make your air conditioner run more efficiently to save money off your next summer electricity bill.

How to keep your air conditioner unit working at its optimal level

The best way to keep your split system air conditioner running efficiently year round is to ensure that it is regularly cleaned and well maintained.  Built up household grime and dust in your air conditioners filters require the air conditioner unit to work harder, which means the unit needs to use more power to cool your home.

Air Central recommends an annual clean for residential split system air conditioners that are mostly used throughout the warmer months. A more frequent cleaning schedule may be required for commercial units, dusty environments or for home units that are also used during winter.

A company such as Air Central who specialises in cleaning and sanitising split system air conditioners can do this for you. The added bonus of using a professional is that they can also access other difficult areas of the unit and remove any mould and mildew.

Take a look at our website if you are interested in finding out more about the cleaning process at www.airconditioningcleaning.com.au. You will be surprised at what builds up inside the unit over time!

When the temperature outside heats up, the efficiency of your air conditioner can drop dramatically. Did you know that the optimal temperature to set your air conditioner at is 24 - 25 degrees in the summer months. This is the ideal temperature for maximum energy efficiency of your air conditioner, while keeping you cool and comfortable inside. Just by lowering this even one to two degrees you can increase your energy consumption by 10-15 %.

Don't fall into the common trap most of us are probably guilty of - that is lowering the temperature a few extra degrees at a time to attempt to cool the house down quicker.

Keep curtains and blinds closed through the day, especially for east and west facing windows. This will reduce the amount of work your air conditioner has to do by limiting the amount of direct sunlight into your home. Then in the early evening, you can open them to allow heat to escape through the windows. Ceiling fans can help move cool air around the house to ease the work load of your air conditioner. The energy used by fans is much less than air conditioners, possibly allowing you to turn the air conditioner off at night while still enjoying a comfortable breeze.

Keeping your outside air conditioning unit out of the sun will also help it run more efficiently. Ideally having it located on the north side of the house is best, however, planting shrubs or trees close by can provide shade and make your yard look nice too. Just make sure you keep leaves and debris away from the unit at all times.

We hope that you have found the information contained in this article useful.  If you live in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Port Stephens we can book in a professional clean of your split system air conditioner for you and answer any questions you may have in relation to the cleaning process.

Andrew McNulty, Owner/Operator - Air Central Newcastle, Lake Macquarie Port Stephens & Hunter Region

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Author: Andrew McNulty, Owner, Air Central
Tags: efficient air conditioning