We all love a good life hack. Those little titbits that make our lives easier and happier. So this week we thought we’d share with you some simple and easy life hacks that relate to our favourite topic, air conditioning.
1. Temperature Settings.
When we experience extreme hot or cold weather, it’s tempting to crank the Air Conditioner up or down as high or as low as it will go in an effort to combat the uncomfortable environment. You’ve probably also noticed though, that this doesn’t have the desired effect. In extreme temperatures, pushing your air conditioner past its capacity output is just not going to give you that 20 degree temperature difference you’re looking for.
Resist the urge to dial up or down that temperature setting. You’re much better off keeping it set at between 22 and 24 degrees in summer and 20 to 22 degrees in winter. A more realistic temperature setting will ensure your running costs remain reasonable and put much less stress on your unit.
The best way to think about it is… For every one degree you set the gauge above or below the recommended setting, expect an increase or decrease of 10% on your next quarter’s energy bill.
2. Let your unit do what it’s designed to do.
The Outdoor component of your Ducted Reverse Cycle system is designed to absorb or reject heat via the fan system, drawing it across the coil surface areas. If there’s anything blocking the intake area or fan on the outside unit, it can’t do its job for you.
The simple way to ensure your outdoor unit can function at peak performance is just to keep objects and obstructions away from it. Don’t place any covers or shields in front or adjacent to the unit.
Unobstructed airflow around your outdoor unit enables your system to run easier, providing better performance and lower energy bills and mechanical stress.
Observing and Tracking Indoor Air Pollution
The popularity of energy efficient homes in the 80’s also popularized the “sick building syndrome,” a term describing a group of people suffering from a range of illness from living and working in a poorly ventilated building. To ensure this doesn’t happen, architects and builders spend more time planning to ensure proper ventilation in buildings.
To monitor the carbon monoxide levels in buildings, some companies install sensors in their ventilation systems. When the sensor detects high levels of carbon monoxide, the ventilation systems is put to work. A few other companies also use sensors that monitor elevated levels of VOCs in the air.
These sensors are not exclusive to workplaces. You can monitor the carbon monoxide and VOCs level in your home as well. Radon detectors are readily available to be installed in your basement to monitor and tell you when high levels of cancer-causing are leaking into your basement.
Carbon monoxide monitors are affordable and will warn you right away when it detects high levels of carbon monoxide in your home. Thanks to new technology, sensors that detect fine particles can be installed in your home too. It monitors the air regularly and sends a report to your mobile phone.
Another surprising source of indoor air pollution is fish. Yes, fish. Korea’s Ministry of Environment stated that frying fish in your kitchen without proper ventilation was the worst source of indoor air pollution. So, next time you plan on having grilled mackerel for dinner, better remember to open the window or the exhaust fan.
3. Clean air is just as important as comfortable air.
If you’ve got a wall hung split system, it’s worth noting that they’re quite susceptible to dust and grime. if you’ve taken out the filters to clean them (which ideally, you’re doing every 6 to 8 weeks) you’d be aware of some of the nasties in the air that your unit does such a great job of capturing for you.
Cleaning those filters regularly will allow them to continue removing that unwanted filth from the air before it enters your lungs. It’ll also enable more efficient running of your unit, reduce mechanical stress, and increase unit life.
But don’t stop at just the filters. The indoor unit’s fan barrel and blades also require regular cleaning. In some instances, they may even need mould and bacteria removed from them. We offer a special “Coil Clean” service that utilises a special chemical compound (not just a filter vacuum) to professionally clean your unit.