Spring is in the air and a young man’s thoughts turn to air-con!Written by Alex under Air Conditioners, Ceiling Fans, General | No Comments
If you’re buying AC for the first time or replacing an old unit with a new, upgraded energy efficient model there are a few things you should look out for. First of all you should look out for an air con unit which is specifically suited to the size of your home/office/workshop. If it’s not powerful enough you’ll keep it running on full power all summer long and you won’t get the benefit. That means you’ll get all the cost for no rewards. Getting one which is too powerful and you’ll be paying for something you barely switch on. A bit like buying a muscle car and only using it to take your grandma to the store on pension day.
When you’re installing the AC make sure you read the instructions properly and mount it correctly if it’s not a floor standing unit. Urban Green issued a report on April 14 which said that the average air conditioner leaked as much air as having a 6 inch hole in the wall. That’s still air that’s got to be paid for so, to save money and power, make sure everything is ship-shape.
If you use an air conditioner which fits into an open window make sure you close up all the gaps around the unit so that the cold air stays indoors rather than blowing straight out and cooling down the neighborhood leaving you even more hot and bothered than before!
A couple of other tips which seem counter-intelligent in addition to keeping windows and doors tightly shut is to keep the curtains and drapes closed too, keeping the sun out means that the cool air isn’t then warmed by the action of sunlight. You should also make sure that you clean the filters regularly, once they start to block they can quickly increase the amount of work the AC unit has to do, driving up costs and output down. Even when you have the air con on, try using a ceiling fan too, this will move the cold air around so that you don’t get one room that’s too cold while the others remain too warm.
Get that right and you should have the most energy efficient, comfortable home on your block.