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4 Misconceptions About Your Air Conditioner

Posted by Andrew McNulty, Owner, Air Central on 23 March 2018
4 Misconceptions About Your Air Conditioner

Air conditioners sometimes we take our air conditioners for granted.

When it's hot and uncomfortable outside, they provide us with the cool comfort we need.

When it's bitterly cold outside, they keep us toasty and warm.

So many of us just expect our air conditioners to keep on giving after all, it takes is a simple click of a remote and instant comfort.

However, if you stop and think about this wonderful piece of technology, it's an amazing and somewhat complex piece of equipment that sits in your home or workplace.

And as with any intricate and complex piece of equipment, the more you look after it, the better it looks after you.

There are many misconceptions about the humble air conditioner here are just 4 of the more common ones.

Misconception no. 1

Once you install an air conditioner, there's nothing more to do other than flick a switch and let it work its magic.

To some extent this may be true, however, air conditioners rely on air filters to keep dust and debris from entering the inner workings of the unit.

And subsequently, these air filters prevent this same dust, debris and any other contaminants from being circulated through the duct work and into your home or office.

Air conditioner filters should ideally be checked every month and cleaned or if really bad, they may need to be replaced.

Clean and unobstructed air flow also helps the air conditioner run smooth and efficiently.

Misconception no. 2

Air conditioners are meant for cooling only.

Certainly, their prime function is cool the air.

In addition, air conditioner units also help to reduce humidity in the air.

Reducing humidity not only helps to keep everyone comfortable, yet also improves the quality of indoor air.

Misconception no. 3

No additional cooling or air flow is needed with air conditioners.

An air conditioner unit will do it's best to cool indoor air.

However, running a fan in conjunction with the air conditioner can help to further cool the air and circulate the air, increasing the cooling coverage.

Using fans with air conditioners may also reduce the energy usage resulting in the air conditioner not having to run that often which in turn preserves the life of the unit.

Misconception no. 4

Having your air conditioner professionally maintained on a regular basis is a waste of money.

Many people feel they can look after air conditioner units on their own after all, how difficult can it be?

Well, it's not quite that simple.

As mentioned earlier, air conditioners are a somewhat complex piece of equipment consisting of electronic components, moving parts (fans and compressors), air filters and delicate coils and fins.

Someone unfamiliar with these parts and components could either damage the unit and/or cause harm to themselves.

Additionally, a minor problem left unattended could escalate to a major one resulting in a costly repair bill.

A small investment in regular maintenance can help to pick up any developing issues which can be rectified at a fraction of the cost of a major repair.

If you'd like to find out more about a professionally managed maintenance and cleaning program, contact Air Central today on 0417 210 025.

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

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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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