Each year thousands of Australians are forking out hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars in unnecessary and completely avoidable air conditioning costs. As the Gold Coast’s leading air conditioning specialists we see countless mistakes made time and time again by home and business owners. To make your life a little easier – and learn how to save money on air conditioning – here’s a list of the most common mistakes we see our clients making.
Neglecting your air conditioning filters
Your AC filters should be cleaned frequently. The time varies depending on the home, but a standard household should clean their filters every 1-3 months. If you have pets or people with allergies, a three-week rule is a smart idea.
But how do you know if your filter needs cleaning? Shine a light up to it. If you can’t see through it, it’s time for a clean! If unsure, our team of experts can be on hand to help.
Clean filters mean cleaner air, but also less energy consumption, meaning more savings for you in the long run.
Skipping annual air conditioning servicing
It’s important to ensure your AC unit is serviced at least once a year. A good time to do this is just prior to summer to avoid any unnecessary hiccups during those hot months. Our team have a decade of experience servicing Gold Coast air conditioners. If you aren’t sure what’s involved in proper maintenance, give us a call to get a quote today.
Not having a functioning programmable thermostat or zone system
Instead of cranking the thermostat to high each time it gets hot, having a programmable thermostat means your air conditioner is going to work for you. Your household can maintain the perfect temperature for when you’re home and when you’re out. Likewise, a zone system will regulate and redirect air to specific areas of your home. This allows customised temperature zones throughout the home for increased comfort and efficiency.
Keeping temperatures too cool / warm
Another big mistake people often make is dropping the temperature really low to get the room as cold as possible as quickly as they can. However, when you consider each one degree increase could save approximately 3% on your energy bill, it might be wiser to find a middle ground. On the other hand, some people don’t utlise their system enough, keeping their room temperature too high. Remember, to maximise energy efficiency, a standard air conditioner’s temperature should be set around 25 to 27 degrees in summer, and around 18 to 20 degrees for heating in winter.
Ignoring the correct operation of indoor and outdoor fans
Fans cool down rooms too. By using fans with your air conditioner you can spread the air throughout the room faster and ease some of your AC’s workload.
Poorly positioned vents
Blocking your vents with furniture can lead to poor air circulation. You’ll want to ensure your vents are free from obstruction for a healthy flow.
Wasting energy on empty rooms
Assess carefully where you want to cool down. By closing the vents in the empty spare room and focusing only on your living areas you’re cutting down energy use and cost by needlessly cooling down unused areas.
Effectively block out the sun
One of the easiest to avoid, but most common mistakes people make is to give their air conditioner an unnecessary battle against the sun. By blocking any direct sunlight from entering the room you’re going to save energy and money.
Inefficient operation through low gas/refrigerant charge
Refrigerant is essential for air conditioners to run effectively and when this fluid gets too low it can significantly effect the operation of the system and in some cases even damage it. If your unit is running low it might:
- Start making unusual hissing/bubbling sounds
- Begin to develop an ice build up
- Increase your energy bill
- Stop effectively cooling
If you notice any of these signs you should check your gas/refrigerant.
Negative health effects from mould and dirty indoor coils and fans
Dirty or mouldy air conditioning units can be a health hazard. And unfortunately, most people don’t realise they actually have mould in their air conditioning systems for a long time. This is another reason why annual check ups are so important.
Contact us today to discuss any of your air conditioning needs on the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sunshine Coast. We are happy to provide solutions, repairs or new systems.
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