Ducted air conditioning is a complex system that uses a range of components to control a property’s climate. When you think of ducted air conditioning, the first thing you think about might be the ducts themselves, which run through the ceiling of a property and circulate the conditioned air. Continue reading
In the economic boom following the second world war, air conditioning became a must-have accessory for Australians, especially for those living in the northern areas of the country. Today, nearly half of all Australian households have air conditioning, with roughly five million units helping to convert stifling heat into refreshing coolness, and keeping our fellow citizens comfortable1. Continue reading
For countries with scorching climates like Australia, air conditioning is a godsend that has become increasingly popular in the last few decades. A government report² from ten years ago found that three out of four Australian households had some form of air conditioning, a number that is likely to be even higher today. Continue reading
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If you’re sweating through a heat wave even when your air conditioner is on full blast, it might be time to give your unit a thorough clean. Cleaning your air con is not as intimidating as it sounds. With our quick and easy guide to cleaning a split air conditioner, you’ll be back to enjoying lovely, cool air in no time. Continue reading
On blistering hot summer days, it’s tempting to leave your air conditioner running constantly. But did you know leaving your air con on all day can wear out your AC faster and cause your electricity bills to skyrocket? In this article, we tackle some of the myths about leaving your air con all day. Continue reading
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Five Things You Need To Know About Maintaining Your Air Conditioner
Did you know that a poorly maintained air conditioner needs to work twice as hard to make your home feel cool in summer? To keep your air conditioner in peak condition (and keep those pesky electricity bills down), it’s worth following these super simple tips on maintaining your air conditioner.
#1 Clean Your Air Conditioner Filters
Your indoor air conditioner has air filters that need regular cleaning. The more clogged your filter is, the harder your air conditioner will need to work to push air through it.
If left uncleaned, a significant volume of dust can accumulate on top of and inside your air conditioner filters. This build-up can eventually clog your air conditioner, reduce its air flow, diminish its performance and result in higher running costs.
How To Clean Your Air Conditioner Filter
Most indoor air conditioners typically have one or two main filters. Your air conditioner may also have an air purification filter that can be removed and cleaned; this type of filter will eventually need to be replaced once every two years.
Cleaning your air conditioner is easy. Simply pop open the plastic cover and remove the filter, or multiple filters.
Take these filters outside and give them a shake. For a thorough clean, use a brush with gentle bristles or vacuum the filter with your vacuum cleaner’s dusting brush head.
If your filters are extremely dirty, we recommend giving them a gentle wash in a sink filled with warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse them clean with fresh water and ensure they are completely dry before placing them back inside the air conditioner.
How often should I clean the inside of my air conditioner?
Aim to clean your air filter at least four (4) times a year, in anticipation of summer and periods of heavy use. The more often you use your air conditioner, the more often you should clean its filters.
#2 Keep Your Outdoor Unit Free From Debris
Just like you need to keep the inside of your air conditioner clean, if your air conditioner has an outdoor unit (i.e. if you have a split system air conditioner), you should keep your outdoor compressor unit free from debris that can obstruct its performance. Debris can build up on your outdoor compressor unit’s cooling fins, limiting its airflow. Ultimately, this can mean your compressor will need to work harder to achieve the same result, leading to increased energy use and higher costs.
How often should I clean the outside of my air conditioner?
To clean your outdoor air conditioning unit, we recommend checking it once every few months to clear away dust, leaves and cobwebs from its cooling fins. We recommend installing your outdoor air conditioning unit in a place where you can keep it relatively clear of falling debris for easier long-term maintenance.
#3 Have Your Air Conditioner Professionally Serviced Each Year
No matter how astutely your clean your air conditioner with these methods, at some point you will need to have a licensed air conditioning technician perform a service on your air conditioner. Why? A professional air conditioning technician knows exactly what to look for, can spot potential issues, and fix any problems that you may or may not notice.
What will your air conditioning technician do during this service? First, they will check the refrigerant gas levels. Next, they will test your thermostat. Finally, they will ensure all of the air conditioner’s internal parts that help it work effectively are in good working order.
How often should I organise an air conditioning service?
A professional service should be arranged once every year. This will make sure your air conditioner continues to work smoothly and efficiently throughout its lifespan.
#4 Reduce Your Energy Output
To keep your air conditioner in good condition, it’s important to avoid unnecessarily overworking your air conditioner. We recommend seeking an air conditioner that comes with inbuilt programmers and features to improve its energy efficiency.
How can I reduce my air conditioner’s energy output?
On especially hot days, you can help reduce pressure on your air conditioner by starting your air conditioner before the day reaches the zenith of its heat.
Many modern air conditioners also have a human sensor feature that automatically switches the air conditioner to energy saving mode if no movement is detected in the room for 20 minutes.
#5 Don’t Set Your Temperature Too Low
Although it can be tempting on a sweltering day, don’t set your air conditioner’s temperature too low. Instead, pick the ideal temperature for your climate.
What is the ideal air conditioning temperature for southeast Queensland?
If you live in Southeast Queensland, the best temperature to set your air conditioner in summer is 25 degrees Celsius. If you have a reverse cycle conditioner, set the temperature to 18 degrees Celsius in winter. This will ensure a comfortable environment while reducing your energy consumption — keeping your air conditioner stress-free and saving you money in the process.
Final Thoughts On Maintaining Your Air Conditioner
Keeping your air conditioner well-maintained not only means making sure it’s clean and working correctly. It means taking steps to reduce unnecessary strain on your air conditioning unit, so that it can continue to work for you and your family for many years to come.
To keep your air conditioner in top working condition, you need to have it regularly serviced. Get in touch with H&H Air Conditioning today on (07) 3276 1800 (Brisbane) or (07) 5477 1777 (Sunshine Coast).
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According to research institute Canstar Blue, the average reverse cycle air conditioner in Queensland uses around 27 cents per kWh. While that doesn’t seem a large figure, it’s worth remembering that costs can add up very quickly over time, particularly if you live in a location that experiences long hot summers.
Running a split system for cooling four hours a day throughout summer is likely to add around $200 to your electricity bill. And if you have ducted air conditioning, expect to pay more for the luxury of running it during summer! So … are there ways you can reduce your power bills? Yes there are! Here are top 10 ways to lower air conditioning costs this summer.
#1 – Check the star ratings
Introduced in 1987, the energy star rating system is a label that’s required on various appliances in Australia and New Zealand, including on air conditioners that are for household use. The label essentially allows consumers to compare the energy efficiency of various systems and helps them work out how much power a particular model needs to run on. The ratings help make the process of working out an air conditioner’s efficiency easier, and can go a long way towards reducing electricity consumption and your power bills.
#2 – Maintain consistent temperatures
In terms of reducing cooling costs, one of the easiest ways to reduce the impact of air conditioning on your power bill is to set your system at the most productive temperature and maintain that temperature consistently throughout the day. This will ensure your unit isn’t working too hard and increasing your energy consumption. Generally, the best temperature in summer is 24°C and sticking to this will ensure both you and your wallet stay comfortable!
#3 – Reduce heat absorption
While it might be tempting to take advantage of both breezes and air conditioning at the same time, it can decrease your air conditioner’s effectiveness. And yes, that means increasing your power bill as well! To create the most ideal environment and lower air conditioning costs, close all doors and curtains and turn off any lights that are not in use. This will help to reduce heat absorption and make it easier for the system to operate, particularly in hot summer temperatures.
#4 – Have your unit serviced regularly
Sometimes this one is easy to forget, however it’s an easy way you can save money on air conditioning. Ensuring your air conditioner is properly maintained will not only help it run better, it can save you money on your electricity bills. Filters should be cleaned and vents and exterior components dusted regularly. You should also book in a regular maintenance check with a professional. They will replace any filters, flush the drains, check the refrigerant, clean the ductwork, measure the airflow and check the motor’s efficiency.
#5 – Insulate your home
Insulation in the home can take many forms from adding roof and reflective insulation to installing thermal bridging and vapour barriers to a new home. Adequate insulation will reduce the work your air conditioner needs to do in order to cool an area and ultimately will lower air conditioning costs. This is obviously easier to control if you are building a new home, however, it’s also something worth considering if you are weighing up the pros and cons of renting a property.
#6 – Consider alternatives
Yes, air conditioners are ‘nice to haves’, however there are other alternatives that may be worth considering if you are serious about reducing electricity consumption. Fans come in a range of styles from ceiling and pedestal fans to tower and desk fans. Evaporative coolers also work well in drier climates, and dehumidifiers, which work by refrigeration, can help to cool air as well.
#7 – Understand Queensland’s electricity market
The amount energy companies charge for power depends on a number of factors and location is one of them. However, daily usage charges often vary around Australia, and energy discounts are available because of the competition between energy retailers following the lifting of price restrictions over the last 15 years.
If you’re looking to save money on air conditioning, it’s worth knowing that many retailers will offer discounts if you meet certain conditions such as paying by direct debit and/or paying your bills on time. However, you do need to understand the fine print. Discounts are often only for a short period if you don’t meet the conditions you could be charged a fee, and some discounts are only applied to supply charges rather than usage charges. Because usage charges make up the majority of your bill, it’s worth checking with your supplier in terms of how the discount works.
#8 – Understand deregulation in the market
Although Queensland is behind other states in terms of the electricity discounts available, new energy companies have started to take an interest in our market since the lifting of pricing restrictions. The state government also become reinvolved in the market in 2017 with its joint venture with Alinta Energy and started to offer householders some of the cheapest deals in the market.
The arrival of Alinta into the market seems to have helped put a downward pressure on prices with most retailers now looking to keep pace as households continue to make the switch in order to save money on air conditioning. Indeed, many retailers reduced electricity prices in July this year, albeit only slightly. However, the Queensland Productivity Commission still insists that deregulation will boost competition over time and help ease electricity prices and therefore the cost of living.
#9 – Understand fixed vs. variable rate plans
Most of the electricity plans available in Australia are variable rate plans, meaning that the prices you’re charged can change at any time. Fixed rate plans allow you to lock in competitive prices now and potentially save money in the long run. However, they are less common and usually only offered by the bigger power companies. If you’re keen on reducing cooling costs, they may be worth considering though as locking in for one or two years with the same supplier may guarantee you price competitive plans.
#10 – Do your research!
Although Queensland has fewer electricity retailers than other states, you can still save money on air conditioning if you’re willing to do a little research. It’s really as simple as knowing what discounts you’re eligible for and what type of contract you’re on.
There are two types of energy contracts in South East Queensland – a standard contract and a market contract. If you’re still on a market contract, you’re probably paying too much, so ask your retailer to move you on to their cheapest market offer. And even if you’re on a market contract, you might still be paying too much because often the cheapest deals have limited benefit periods and come with a range of conditions.
Our advice? Keep careful tabs on your electricity bills, continually seek out competitive deals and remember, electricity prices don’t need to come down in order for you to save money. The increasing competition in the SE Queensland market will pretty much guarantee even more opportunities to save in the future. Sometimes it’s just about asking the right questions!
Like to know more about lowering your air conditioning costs? Contact H&H Air Conditioning today on (07) 3276 1800.
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