It is easy to buy a new air conditioner if you know what to look for.
Buying the right air conditioner can save you both time and money
Does your house have insulation in the roof?
Make sure your house is well insulated. The placement and type of air conditioner can drastically reduce noise pollution both in your home and for your neighbours if it is installed correctly after buying.
What rooms need the air conditioner the most?
Don’t buy an undersized air conditioner to cool multiple rooms as this will cause unwanted noise and ongoing expensive maintenance. Air conditioning systems:
– Wall/Window Mounted
– Split System
– Ducted System
How efficient can you be?
Consider reverse cycle air conditioning for both heating and cooling.
Simple steps to avoid noise:
– Keep fan away from vegetation when buying an aircon
– Regularly check mounts
– Check for vibration in panels
With Adelaide sweltering through our hottest December night since 1897, hitting a fourth day straight of heatwave conditions, many SA residents are understandably keen to learn how they can help reduce the costs of running their air conditioners. With the extreme conditions making the use of your air conditioner more of a necessity rather than a luxury, don’t become too disheartened about your impending energy bills. It is still possible to keep your house cool without it costing you the earth. Follow our simple energy saving cooling tips to take some of the stress out of receiving your next quarterly bill!
Use curtains, shades or blinds
Your window coverings may not be the most obvious place you would look to help reduce your cooling costs but using adequate coverings can make a significant difference to lessening the load of your air conditioner. Window awnings can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows. You can use an awning to shade one window or have an awning custom-made to shade the entire side of your house. Window blinds are more effective at reducing summer heat gain than winter heat loss. A drapery’s ability to reduce heat loss and gain depends on several factors, including fabric type (closed or open weave) and color. With such a wide variety of draperies available, it’s difficult to generalise about their energy performance. High-reflectivity window films are extremely cost effective and will help block summer heat gain. The silver, mirror-like films are typically more effective than the coloured, more transparent ones and using them on east- and west-facing windows, because of their greater potential for heat gain, will give you the best results.
Set the temperature controls
Cooling expenses can be reduced by up to 10 to 20 percent by setting the thermostat between 23°C and 26°C when in cooling mode.
Consider replacing an air conditioner that is more than 10 years old with a newer more efficient model. Older units can cost you a lot more to maintain and are likely to use a lot more electricity than newer models do.
Consider energy star rating
Whether you’re buying a ducted air conditioner system or an inverter room unit, the efficiency of your chosen unit really matters. Every extra star on the Energy Rating Label can save around 10 per cent on the running costs of an air conditioner.
Check, clean and change the air filters regularly
Whether you have a ducted air conditioning system, an inverter room unit or a window unit, a dirty filter will reduce your air conditioners efficiency, making it use more energy. Check your system’s air filter monthly and expect to change the filter every three months.
Turn off any heat generating equipment or appliances that are not in use
Lights, computers, televisions, ovens all generate heat. Too much heat can force your air conditioning unit to work even harder meaning that it is consuming further unnecessary energy to cool your house down on top of the additional energy the appliances are already using. It’s a simple way to save. Always make sure that your appliances are turned off when not in use.
Minimise air leaks around the house
For many people a large percentage of their cool air escapes through air leaks around doors, windows, electrical outlets, plumbing and light fixtures. It’s more than just air escaping through the cracks in this situation, it’s also your hard earned money slipping through the cracks at the same time. Identifying air leaks and sealing them off will help you save energy and money too. A few easy tips include:
- Slowly and carefully wave a lighted incense stick around doors, windows, outlets, and fixtures. Any place where the smoke blows horizontally indicates an air leak at that location.
- Seal and weather strip doors and windows where leaks occur. This can also be used near plumbing, ductwork, or wiring that penetrates through walls.
- Seal off leaking electrical outlets with foam gaskets that can be purchased cheaply at most hardware stores.
Keep the doors shut
It’s one of the challenges most people with children face, but if you can keep doors shut to the rooms that do not need cooling then the ones that do will reach a cooler temperature quicker, and maintain the cool better if cool air isn’t escaping into unused areas of the house.
Install and use ceiling fans
Fans can make you feel 3-8 degrees cooler, which will allow you to set your temperature of your air conditioner to a more efficient range between 23°C and 26°C when in cooling mode. Make sure that your ceiling fans are spinning the right way. You need to make sure that the fan is blowing the air down to send the cool air past your body. Check by standing under the fan when it’s on full-speed. If you can feel the wind hitting you hard, then it’s blowing down. To verify, stop the fan, change the direction switch, then turn the fan on full-blast again and compare the difference.
Seek professional advice and service
There are plenty of things that the average householder does not know about their air conditioning unit. This is why it is essential to call in professional technicians to perform routine air conditioner servicing. A service call from an expert will help ensure that your unit is functioning properly and at maximum efficiency. This is an opportunity for your technician to carry out all necessary repairs to lower your running costs in the long term. Regular services and repairs will also help to extend the life of your air conditioning unit. BigFan Air Conditioning’s
qualified contract assessors will help you make energy-saving improvements and reduce your carbon footprint by helping you to select an air conditioner with the right output capacity for the room/s you are cooling. They’ll also help you understand how you can carefully maintain and manage your heating and cooling systems for maximum energy performance and savings.
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Online shopping is undeniably a popular trend in today’s modern world as it saves time, money & effort, but while trying to bag the best deals many homeowners also make mistakes by purchasing illegal aircon units on the internet and hiring unqualified installers.
Only an ARCTICK license holder is officially authorized to install Adelaide Air Conditioning Systems .
As a one-stop licensed air conditioning solution provider, we usually have numerous callers needing us to get their systems installed which they have purchased on the internet.
Let us check out one regular case where a customer was not getting the best deals:
–One of the callers had bought some cheap aircon systems
from Singapore and wanted us to install them in his house in Happy Valley. But the units contain non certified R22 refrigerant in them and hence against the law to import or install. So, we could not execute it.
–Another caller purchased a LG unit from a distributor on the internet. We could have helped him save hard dollars as we directly import units from LG itself. Be sure to choose an air conditioning brand that is internationally known, like Panasonic Air Conditioning.
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At Bigfan we aim to give you the most recent and up to date news in the air conditioner world, right here in our own convenient news tab. Today we are reporting about a scrap metal scandal here in South Australia.
Scrap Metal Thefts
We usually hear news of scrap metal thefts from old buildings or robbed of bronze, lead statues from churches but today another surge of strange property crimes are growing with the rising number of cases having reported on disappearance of air conditioning units in the night.
Soaring prices for the scrap metals have made thieves desirable to risk anything like electrocution and cold burns from refrigerant and steal condensers and pipework that are still in proper working condition.
Adelaide police says that such property crimes have become rampant today. Despite security fences being assured around the houses with various protection measures, thieves easily climb the fences with a ladder, detach the security camera and steal copper, cable, etc.
Hence, it is crucial to lock your aircon system with cages or apply other smart security measures. If you rely on a Samsung air conditioner to cool your home, make sure you check out the Samsung Warranty Details for your A/C to ensure your Air Conditioner is covered.
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