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Buying an air conditioner is an important decision that will affect positively the comfort, way of living, and even health of you and your family.  This is why this decision is something that cannot be taken lightly.

Take into consideration that an air conditioner at home guarantees better rest, relaxation, mental and physical health, and even increased productivity if you work from home.

On the other hand, if you buy an air conditioner that doesn’t meet your needs you can encounter some annoyances like low energy efficiency and discomfort.

So, before buying your air conditioner, do your research and read the following factors that you should consider to make the best decision.

What air conditioners to choose from?

The most common types of air conditioning systems are the following:

  • Split system

It has a good performance and aesthetic design that does not clash.  This one is the easiest to install.

  • Multi-head system.

They consist of several split indoor units in different rooms, all connected to the same outdoor unit.  This system is used when it is difficult or impossible to install multiple outdoor units.

  • Portable

It can be used in different rooms because of portability and does not need installation.

  • Ducted system

It is important to have ceiling space to install ducts that distribute the cold or heat in the house.  They do not alter the aesthetics much because indoor unit is not visible.

What to consider?

The size of your place

The size of the place is an essential factor to decide which air conditioner is the best fit for you.

The power of the air conditioning system, typically in kilowatts, must go hand in hand with the size of the room.  For example, a very large room cannot be cooled by a device with a small kilowatt rating.  Likewise, a device with many kilowatts would be wasting power in a small room.

For this reason, it is more important to know the power required by the rooms to be air conditioned to buy the device.  It is not complicated to calculate it – just ask an AC expert.

Remember that the higher the power, the more you will have to pay.  That is why it is important to bear in mind that choosing a device with more power than you need will not mean better air conditioning, but simply a higher cost upfront and in your monthly energy bill.

Specifications of your place

It is not enough to know the size of your place, you will also need to know other specifications like the impact of the light, how many windows are in your home, where they are located, and how many people usually spend the time in each area of the house.

Also, you should know about the weather of your location, the orientation of your house, how many degrees it is exposed to the sun, the square meters of windows and doors to the outside, and even the length of walls on the facade.

In general terms, the worse the energy rating of the property, the harsher the climate, the more exposed the house is to the sun, and the more people live in it, then the more powerful the air conditioning required.

The installation distance

At the time of installation, you not only have to take into account the place, but also the distance.  This is because the greater the distance between the indoor unit and the outdoor unit, the lower the efficiency of the system will be.

For example, an installation with 10 meters of separation represents a loss of performance of between 3% and 5%, and a 15 meter separation represents a loss between 7% and 10%.

Also, when it comes to the outdoor unit, its location is very important.  Being able to have adequate ventilation is essential.  For example, if it is installed near a wall, you must ensure enough suitable distance for the air to flow easily.  Its is also better to have it in a shady place where possible.

The difference in temperature from being in direct sunlight or being in the shade can be from 5ºC to 10ºC.  This difference can result in up to 20% excess consumption and we are sure you will want to prioritize energy savings.

air conditioning in wall

Energy saving

Talking about energy saving, the amount of energy used by an air conditioning system is another aspect that also must be taken into account, especially to contribute to the environment and at the same time-saving in electricity consumption, which leads to a significant reduction of expense in the long run.

Remember that energy efficient air conditioners have a cycle that goes on and off less frequently and tend to have less wear and tear over time.

Also, because they perform so well, they don’t need to be replaced as soon or as often as less efficient systems.  So, an increased lifespan is an amazing reason to get an energy-saving system and know exactly how to choose one.

controlling an air conditioner

In conclusion, as we have seen, you need to consider several factors to choose the most suitable aircon system for your home.  The size of your place and its specifications, the installation distance, and how much are you willing to spend on your new aircon at the moment of buying it and in the long run are key factors to make a decision.

Remember that a wrong choice can lead to excessive electrical costs and poor system efficiency, so make sure you research your options and/or find help with an expert if you think you need so (or just want to save some time!).

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) is a significant cost to any home or business.  This is especially true when it comes to commercial buildings and offices, where HVAC systems account for up to 50% of the energy usage and costs!  

In today’s business-world, owners are trying to (and managers are expected to) do far more with far less.  That is, less money, less time, and less resources.  Business concepts like Return On Investment (ROI) and Value for Money (WFM) are more important now than ever before.

With such high costs involved and such a demand for cost-savings, how can we get smart with the HVAC&R systems in our businesses?  There are 2 key ways; Routine HVAC&R Maintenance and Steril-Aire Installation.

Commercial Maintenance

There are many options available to a business when it comes to saving money with a heating and cooling system.  However, it’s important to be aware that not all available options are equal, nor is there a one-size-fits-all solution.

It is a common misconception that a business will save money by reducing the frequency of their commercial HVAC services.  For example, reducing from monthly servicing as per Australian Standards down to say quarterly or less.  The short-term savings of decreased HVAC maintenance are far outweighed by the long-term implications and expenses, including but not limited to:

  • Decreased efficiency of the heating and cooling equipment,
  • Increased running cost of such equipment,
  • Decreased compliance with acceptable Building Standards,
  • Decreased compliance with tenancy agreement (where applicable),
  • Decreased efficiency of other business equipment if not cooled correctly (e.g. IT equipment),
  • Increased running costs of other business and mechanical equipment,
  • Decreased lifespan of all equipment due to wearing out prematurely,
  • Increased equipment replacement costs,
  • Increased down time due to damaged or underperforming equipment,
  • Decreased worker satisfaction and team morale due to such issues,
  • Decreased productivity from people and equipment,
  • Decreased HVAC system-related indoor air quality,
  • Increased viral and bacterial spread in the workplace,
  • Decreased compliance with health regulations,
  • Increased number of sick days taken,
  • Decreased health of employees in general, including poorer health outcomes,
  • Increased incidence of chronic disease,
  • Decreased compliance with Workplace Health and Safety requirements,
  • Decreased customer satisfaction and repeat business,
  • Decreased sales due to customer dissatisfaction and reduced productivity, and,
  • Increased business risk due to all points listed above.

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One of the most powerful solutions is to engage a commercial HVAC&R specialist to perform routine maintenance of all relevant equipment onsite.  This way, the maintenance is set-and-forget; you can rest easy knowing that one major area of your business is under control without requiring constant attention.

UVC Sterilizer

Another powerful solution to ensure commercial HVAC&R systems are clean and healthy is UVC light installation.  Again, the options available are certainly not all created equally.

The most powerful, effective, high quality, and evidence-supported UVC lamp on the market is Steril-Aire.  Steril-Aire was founded in 1994 and is a global leader in Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) improvement and energy savings when it comes to HVAC&R systems.

This cleaning and maintenance solution could save you thousands, with return on investment (ROI) typically seen within 2 years (often within just 1 year!).  The use of ultra-violet C (UVC) sterilisation in the Cairns Regional Council heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems is a prime example.

UVC light lamp

Steri-Aire is a single-ended, very high output germicidal ultraviolet-C (UVC) light emitter that can be installed in new and existing HVAC&R systems.  It is designed to improve business operations and profits in countless ways, including but not limited to:

  • Improved energy efficiency,
  • Improved system operations,
  • Improved indoor air quality,
  • Improved human productivity,
  • Improved mechanical productivity,
  • Decreased energy costs by up to 15%,
  • Decreased water usage,
  • Decreased maintenance costs,
  • Decreased need for AC chemical cleaning, and,
  • Decreased sick-leave and down-time costs.

There are many UVC products on the market, but only Steri-Aire devices are engineered to work within HVAC systems in the presence of cold, moving air.  It has also been independently tested to deliver up to 6 times greater output compared to other ultraviolet devices.

As a UVC sterilizer suitable for use in food and refrigeration settings, Steri-Aire can help manage mould and bacterial growth with major implications.  This application improves the bottom line of such businesses in many ways, including but not limited to:

  • Improved food safety,
  • Improved quality,
  • Increased production yields,
  • Increased shelf-life,
  • Decreased wastage, and,
  • Decreased incidence of food poisoning.

How does Steril-Aire Work?

The C wavelength on the UV light spectrum attacks microbial DNA, destroys their cells, and prevents replication.  By preventing reproduction, the microorganisms are inactivated and become harmless.  The resulting matter simply washes away with the condensate (water) produced within the system.

Steri-Aire UVC light energy breaks down and inactivates biofilm, which otherwise causes significant HVAC&R operational issues and indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns.  Biofilm is a slimy, sticky matrix of microorganisms and matter that builds up on coils, drain trays, and anywhere else where moisture is present.

Biofilm can be made up of many different forms of bacteria (often antibiotic-resistant), mould, fungi, and debris.  It’s no wonder why it’s a major cause of health and operational issues in most HVAC&R systems.

The UVC emitter germicidal lamps also destroy viruses and bacteria that pass through an HVAC indoor unit.  If not destroyed, these recirculate and spread throughout the indoor environment.

The high energy output of the Steril-Aire UVC devices, combined with the recirculating air in a typical HVAC system, facilitates the deactivation of large volumes of airborne microorganisms.  This makes it an extremely powerful method of improving the health of both the HVAC system and people being exposed to it.

Where can you use Steril-Aire?

For these reasons, and many more, Steril-Aire UVC lamps are most suitable for use in, but not limited to, the following commercial and residential settings:

  • Food processing,
  • Agricultural product storage,
  • Manufacturing warehouses,
  • Research laboratories,
  • Pharmaceutical production,
  • Medical storage,
  • Medical centres,
  • Hospitals,
  • Aged care facilities,
  • Childcare centres,
  • Schools and educational buildings,
  • Airports,
  • Shopping centres,
  • Government facilities,
  • Office blocks,
  • Dirty work environments,
  • Sites serviced infrequently and/or in an ad hoc fashion,
  • Sites where access to unit, coil, and/or drainage is limited,
  • Sites containing sick and/or vulnerable populations,
  • Sites containing allergy suffers, including asthma, and,
  • Any home or business where improved IAQ is desired.

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As you can see, Steril-Aire is suitable in a wide range of settings for a wide range of applications in both homes and businesses.  It’s high output, specifically engineered UVC lamps enable significant improvements in health and cost savings.

Return on investment and value for money are 2 key concepts that every smart business owner understands and seeks out in the current commercial climate.  Routine HVAC&R maintenance and Steril-Aire represent investments that tick just about every box.

For a quote on commercial AC servicing and/or Sterile-Aire supply and installation, it is recommended to contact a commercial HVAC&R specialist.  Ice Blast is a wholesale provider of Steril-Aire devices that can work with you to find the most suitable solutions for your needs.

Would you be surprised to learn that aircon servicing can actually save you more money than you spend?  Well, read on to find out more.

Cost can vary significantly from one company to the next, one service type to the next, and is dependent on the number and type of air conditioning system/s you have.  There are many other factors involved that determine the cost of servicing air conditioning that we will explore here.

By paying more, are you getting a better service?  Not necessarily.  It’s more about finding the commercial air conditioning servicing arrangement that best suits your business requirements.

We’ll explore the cost of servicing commercial air conditioning in this article.  Hopefully this will help you weigh up the array of service options available and find the best solution for you.

Is AC servicing necessary?

Air conditioning servicing is designed to support heating and cooling systems in place and ensure they are operating correctly, now and into the future.  It is designed to help extend the functional life of the air conditioning units.  In turn, fully operational and well-maintained AC systems are designed to provide comfortable conditions for occupants within the building.

Maintenance is particularly important for commercial air conditioning.  Commercial AC is typically designed to function as a larger Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system.  HVAC systems support business operations, systems, equipment, and heavily impacts the health and wellness of all occupants.  Such occupants can include:

  • Staff,
  • Contractors,
  • Visitors,
  • Suppliers,
  • Customers,
  • Family members,
  • Children,
  • Vulnerable populations, and,
  • Anyone who enters the indoor environment.

Adequate air conditioning servicing is required to help reduce the spread of germs in the workplace.  Furthermore, AC units can actually be a source of disease themselves if not properly maintained.

Air conditioner bacterias

Condensate (moisture) within an air conditioner is a normal part of air conditioner operations.  Dust and matter also enter the unit as part of the standard flow of air.  This dark, moist, nutrient-rich environment within the AC creates the perfect home for bacteria, mould, fungi, and other organic matter to thrive.

Filters are designed to help filter out dust and other particles that otherwise serve as fuel for microorganisms and reduce matter build up on the internal heat exchanger coil.  However, regular internal maintenance is also required to effectively manage the air conditioning system.  Air blown out of an air conditioner is only as healthy as the internal environment of the unit.

HVAC systems impact the health of building occupants in many ways, including but not limited to:

  • Temperature management,
  • Humidity regulation,
  • Moisture control,
  • Air filtration,
  • Fresh air provision/intake,
  • Exhaust ventilation,
  • Air purification,
  • Pollutant removal,
  • Ozone removal, and,
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ) improvement.

What is done in AC Servicing?

It is a requirement of Australian Standards (3666.2.2011, 1851.6.1997, 2467.13.1997, HB32:1995) and the Workplace Health and Safety Act that commercial air conditioning equipment and plant be inspected on a monthly basis to maintain an acceptable commercial environment.

Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) also calls for monthly maintenance of commercial heating and cooling equipment.  Some aircon servicing tasks are recommended monthly (e,g. checking/clearing drains, checking/adjusting major components, etc), while a combination of other service tasks are prescribed at three, six, and 12 month intervals.

AC Servicing

Some of the checks on an annual level service visit include but are not limited to:

 

  • Full inspection of the AC equipment,
  • Remove, clean and re-install filters where required,
  • Check/clear condensate drain,
  • Check/clear drain tray,
  • Check/clear safety drain where required.
  • Flush drains where required,
  • Place condensate tablet/s in tray of main drain,
  • Check for signs of oil or refrigerant leaks,
  • Check refrigerant charge where required,
  • Check for signs of animal/vermin damage,
  • Check condition of evaporator coil,
  • Check condition of condenser coil,
  • Check belts,
  • Tighten/realign belts where required,
  • Check bearings,
  • Check motors and mechanical components,
  • Check pipework for damage to insulation,
  • Check operation of reversing valve where required,
  • Check electrical terminals,
  • Tighten/adjust terminals where required,
  • Check air flow,
  • Check air temperatures,
  • Check for fault codes,
  • Check thermostat/sensors,
  • Adjust/calibrate sensors where required,
  • Check voltage reading,
  • Check full load amps reading,
  • Check general operation and condition of unit,
  • Make minor adjustments where required,
  • Report on and/or rectify any issues found, and,
  • Complete life cycle assessment on equipment.

How much does AC service cost?

Commercial air conditioning service costs are often worked out by calculating the number of hours required over the year, times by the hourly labour rate, then divide it by the service frequency.

For Example:

  • 36 hours of servicing required over the year,
  • x $100 per hour,
  • = $3,600,
  • ÷ by 12 months of the year,
  • = $300 per month.

To calculate the hours of servicing required, a good AC company will use Australian Standards to work out all the tasks required for all equipment over the year.  The hours and subsequent cost of servicing depends will depend on many factors, including but not limited to:

  • Complexity of components,
  • Access to equipment,
  • Type of equipment,
  • Size of units (physically and capacity),
  • Nature of controls system,
  • Skill level of technician/s required, and,
  • Frequency of visits.

Industrial air conditioner condensers

In a direct sense, commercial air conditioning servicing may be more expensive compared to home air conditioner servicing over the course of a year.  However, the indirect costs (or rather cost savings) make commercial AC servicing an overall positive return on investment (ROI)

What happens if AC has no service?

There are many benefits of air conditioning, IF the systems are maintained correctly.  If not, the list of possible issues is endless.

Failure to implement adequate commercial HVAC maintenance has a range of negative outcomes.  For example, lack of routine aircon servicing can have extensive impact on business equipment preservation, including but not limited to:

  • Increased operating costs as equipment works harder when not cooled sufficiently,
  • Decreased efficiency of operational equipment,
  • Decreased lifespan of equipment due to working harder and burning out quicker,
  • Increased power costs,
  • Increased equipment replacement costs,
  • Increased unreliability of equipment,
  • Increased down time due to failing, faulty, or completely broken equipment,
  • Decreased satisfaction of workers due to issues with equipment,
  • Decreased production and output,
  • Decreased sales due to time spent dealing with equipment, rather than sales activities, and,
  • Increased risk to business operations.

As you can see, lack of air conditioning servicing creates costs, reduces returns, and introduces unnecessary risk into business operations.  The impact of aircon serving on business equipment is just one example!

The health of building occupants is a major focus of air conditioning servicing.  As discussed, lack of commercial aircon servicing results in negative staff and customer outcomes, including but not limited to:

  • Poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ),
  • Increased illness and disease,
  • Poorer health outcomes,
  • Increased staff sick days,
  • Decreased productivity,
  • Decreased sales,
  • Decreased staff satisfaction,
  • Negative customer experiences, and,
  • Decreased repeat business.

Sick woman because of poor air quality

Routine scheduled maintenance is key to ensuring HVAC equipment is managed in the most appropriate way.  Failure to maintain commercial air conditioning can have a wide range of compliance implications, including but not limited to:

  • Failure to comply with Australian Standards,
  • Failure to comply with Building Standards,
  • Failure to comply with Workplace Health and Safety Requirements,
  • Failure to comply with Health Regulations,
  • Failure to comply with Lease Agreement (where applicable), and
  • Failure to provide an acceptable commercial environment.

As you can see, there is certainly a direct cost involved in implementing and continuing commercial air conditioning servicing.  However, the indirect costs of failing to implement such critical maintenance into a business far outweigh the direct costs involved.

Hopefully this article helps highlight the importance of aircon servicing and benefits to a business far beyond the obvious costs involved.  For an obligation-free air conditioning maintenance proposal, please do not hesitate to contact our commercial HVAC servicing team today.

There are many different forms of air conditioning, with ducted air conditioning being one of the most common.  Commercial ducted systems are commonplace due to the many benefits of ducted aircon for a business.  They are also increasingly popular as home air conditioners due to their discreet look and array of control features.

There are 6 Key Factors that impact the cost of ducted aircon.  In Part One of this topic, we discussed the 3 main points impacting the upfront cost of ducted air conditioning:

  1. The addition of zoned AC control.
  2. The air conditioner installation cost.
  3. The ducted air conditioner price.

Here in Part Two-A, we will discuss one of the main ongoing costs of ducted air conditioning:

  1. The cost to run the air conditioner.
  2. The aircon servicing and maintenance.
  3. The price of air conditioning repairs.

Considering the size of the investment, it is recommended to consider the ongoing cost of ducted aircon before going ahead with any ducted installation.  The cost to run a ducted air conditioner is one of the main ongoing costs.

Interestingly aircon energy efficiency is the number one deciding factor when choosing an air conditioner.  However, the truth is, the cost of running ducted air conditioning varies dramatically depending on many factors such as size, quality, features, and usage.  Your energy provider and tariff will also impact costs involved.

Electric bill charges paper form

These factors have an impact and can even extend standard air conditioner running costs outside of expected ranges.  An ducted air conditioning specialist should be happy to chat about all the specific costs involved and help you along the way.  We will also provide some key points to review here to understand the cost variation and help save wherever possible.

Cost per hour

One of the most common questions when it comes to using ducted aircon is how much does it cost to run?  Specifically, how much does it cost to run ducted air conditioning per hour, per day, per week, per month, per quarter, or per year?

Cooling or heating an indoor space depends on many different factors.  Average costs are:

  • Cool down a room: Between 25 cents to 80 cents per hour. 
  • Warm up a room: Between 13 cents to 36 cents per hour.

On average, this works out to be:

  • ~50 cents per hour to cool down a room.
  • ~25 cents per hour to warm up a room.
  • ~$20 (heating 20hrs/week) – $80 (cooling 40hrs/week) per month per room.

Therefore, for an average 3/4-bedroom home, ducted air conditioning generally costs between $1.00-$3.20 per hour to run in cooling and $0.52-$1.44 on heating.  However, as mentioned, there are many factors at play, which we will explore further.

Size

Sizing of a ducted air conditioner impacts running cost in more ways than one.  This includes the way that it runs and the amount of power it consumes.

kW Rating

When people talk about sizing of air conditioners, this typically refers to kilowatt (kW) rating.  kW is a measure of power that indicates the capacity of an aircon unit.  AC energy efficiency and therefore running costs are largely dependent on capacity.

Ducted AC cooling efficiency is measured using Energy-Efficiency Ratio (EER).  In heating, Coefficient of Performance (COP) is used.  Wall splits have this summarised via a star rating, but unfortunately ducted units do not.

The higher the EER value, the more energy efficient an aircon is.  EER is a ratio of the output (capacity) divided by the power input.  Therefore, as size increases (i.e. output, capacity, or kW rating), energy efficiency automatically decreases.  This means larger AC units will automatically be more costly to run.

Reverse cycle ducted air conditioners have two kW ratings; one for cooling (main figure) and one for heating.  Heating is more energy efficiency, and therefore heating capacity of an air conditioner is usually greater.  This is why an air conditioner costs significantly less to run in heating.

If you access the technical data sheet for your air conditioner, you may be able to work out specific costs involved in running your air conditioner via the SA Government’s appliance running cost calculator.  You can always contact your ducted installer for assistance with such technical information.

Correct sizing

Taking a step back, there are many factors impacting what size aircon you need initially.  However, unfortunately, the correct ducted AC system is not always installed.  This can cause excessive running costs.

If a ducted air conditioner is oversized, it will consume more energy while running, be less efficient, and cost you more in power.  If a ducted aircon is too small, it will have to continually run, work harder, and wear out faster which will cost you more running and replacements costs.

Ducted air conditioning in ceiling

However, there are situations where ducted air conditioner size may be limited.  Common scenarios include physical space in the ceiling and/or single-phase power only available.  A smaller ducted aircon can be used IF set up correctly.  Suitable sets ups include a day/night zoning system or smart zoning option like iZone.

These set ups can save significant money in terms of running cost.  A day/night system means a half-sized ducted AC can be installed and run.  AS discussed, smaller kW rating (assuming suitable for the area served), will automatically be more energy efficient and cost less to run.

Quality

There are many different air conditioning brands to choose from.  They vary in terms of quality, features, technology, and price.  At the end of the day, most of us what value for money;  The highest quality product at the lowest possible price.

Units

Popular ducted AC brands include Daikin, Mitsubishi Electric (ME), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Panasonic, Hitachi, Temperzone, ActronAir, Toshiba, LG, Fujitsu, Samsung, and Carrier, just to name a few.  These name-brands vary dramatically in terms of quality and price, but many represent good value for money upfront.

Technology advancements and additions make higher quality/more energy efficient ducted aircons more expensive to produce.  Examples include larger heat transfer coils, more efficient motors, energy saving modes, and new technologies to result in more efficient operations.

However, price doesn’t always correlate with efficiency.  Sometimes the cost reflects clever marketing and media hype.  It pays to visit reputable sites such as Canstar Blue and Choice to conduct your own research, as well as speaking to reputable AC companies.

On the flipside, some brands and models don’t even advertise all their features.  For example, when looking at Daikin wall split systems, the indoor coil size step up from a Daikin Cora to an Alira isn’t promoted, but increases energy efficiency and reduces running costs.

In the ducted range, Daikin splits their ducted units into Premium inverter and Standard inverter models.  The Premium models have a range of internal features that improves efficiency of the units.  Furthermore, Premium inverters have a greater ability (about 10%) to ramp up or down in response heating/cooling demands.  This makes them about 10% more energy efficient, saving on running costs and electricity usage.

Parts

Some of the cheaper AC brands on the market save you money upfront but then cost you far more over the year due to the cost of replacement parts and repairs.  For example, Samsung ducted units are relatively cheap to purchase, but their replacement parts are relatively expensive compared to other brands.

In comparison, Daikin ducted units might cost a little more upfront than other brands, but their replacement parts tend to be far cheaper compared to their competitors.  This is especially true if you look up Daikin Dealer near me online.

Some brand may be popular through clever marketing and successful advertising, but then start to have poor part availability after about 7 years.  One example is Fujitsu who use familiar faces to promote their brand, but fall short in the customer service and part availability department during the life of a ducted AC system.

Features

There are many features available with modern-day air conditioners, and many of these are designed to save you time, money, or both.

AC Unit

Some air conditioner features are nice to have, such as a coloured touchscreens and quiet mode.  Some are designed to decrease running costs, such as sleep mode, eco mode, timers, and motion sensors.  Meanwhile, some features can be both when used correctly, such as precision control (0.5 degree adjustments rather than 1 degree) and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Wi-Fi control of a ducted air conditioner allows the system to be turned off remotely, usually via a smart phone app.  This could be when you are away from home and have forgotten to turn the AC off, or laying in bed and want to warm it up before stepping out from under the doona.

Man using a smartphone app to control air conditioning

Furthermore, Wi-Fi control can be used to switch on the ducted aircon before anyone gets there.  This allows you to start the heating or cooling process early, rather than overloading the system and causing excessive power draw as soon as you get home.  If there is already a large heat load in the room from the hot summer sun, it will take longer to bring the temperature down to desired levels and cost more for you to do so.

Zoning

Another major feature that can be paired with ducted air conditioning, affecting running costs, is zoning.  A ducted zoning system has a significant impact on overall AC system efficiency.  Firstly, it pays to understand zoned air conditioning and the many options available.

Zoning allows greater control over the heating or cooling demand from an air conditioner by managing each room or zone independently.  Furthermore, you can include a bypass in the zoning system, which means that air recirculates to the indoor unit to control pressure, rather than having to spill out into a constantly open zone in the house.

Another feature that improves efficiency of a ducted system and reduces running costs is the presence of individual room sensors.  These allow more accurate temperature sensing and control, which results in more tightly controlled temperature adjustments.  This not only creates a more comfortable indoor environment, but also reduces demand on the ducted aircon, power consumption, and subsequent running costs.

Usage

Ducted air conditioning can be used in many different ways in a variety of settings and environments.  The way in which the ducted system is used makes a significant difference to the running costs associated with the ducted air conditioner.

Heat load

Air conditioning can be a significant contributor to household and business energy expenses.  In Australia, heating and cooling can contribute up to 40% of the average energy usage.

However, are many other appliances that also contribute to a large degree.  For example, in a home this includes:

  • Cooking devices (ovens, cooktops, grilles, etc.),
  • Cleaning devices (dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, etc.),
  • Drying devices (clothes dryer, hair dryers, etc.), and,
  • Lighting (florescent, spotlights, feature lighting, etc.)

These other devices also increase the heat load of the indoor space in which they are used.  This increases demand on the ducted air conditioner and subsequent cost of running the AC.  Therefore, it is recommended to run such devices outside of peak ambient temperature times (e.g. avoiding middle of the day in Summer).

Other factors that impact heat load and ducted air con running costs include window treatments, insulation, shading, building orientation, opening/closing of doors, equipment in use, and number of people inside, just to name a few.  A ducted air conditioning specialist can assess all of these factors and help you work out the estimated running costs for your home or business.

Settings

One of the key ways to manage heat or cool load is to turn on or set a timer for the ducted aircon to come on early in the morning before a hot and humid day begins.  Similarly, when you have a cold night ahead, start gentle heating early on to keep the chill off in the most cost-effective way.

Furthermore, many of the ducted aircon features outlined previously play a part in how a ducted system is used and running costs are managed.  Many of the features are outlined by the ducted installer and it pays to understand the full functionality of the system upfront in order to save on costs over the life of the system.  You can also access ducted unit brochures and zoning system information online, if not provided on installation.

One of the main settings that affects the cost of running ducted air conditioning is temperature.  Just 1 degree difference in cooling can make a 10% difference to your air conditioner electricity usage!  This adds up to a significant difference in running cost at the end of the day, and end of the quarter via your power bill.

Hand turning thermostat

In Brisbane and South-East Queensland, the following is recommended:

  • Cooling/Summer:       Set temperature to 24-25 degrees.
  • Heating/Winter: Set temperature to 17-18 degrees.

A small adjustment in temperature makes very little difference to the perceived indoor temperature.  However, it can make a massive difference to the cost of running a ducted air conditioner.  Therefore, it is recommended to make minor setting adjustments over time, to achieve significant saving without noticeable impact to indoor comfort levels.

There are many factors that impact the running cost of a ducted air conditioning system.  Ducted aircon can be a cost-effective heating and cooling solution for a home or business, but only if installed and used correctly.  If you need any help reducing the cost of running your ducted aircon, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Ducted air conditioning is one of the most common types of air conditioning.  It is found in homes and businesses throughout the world due to the many benefits of air conditioning.  Like any heating or cooling system, there are an array of costs involved in installing and maintaining such a system.

The true cost of ducted air conditioning varies significantly based on 6 Key Factors.  These 6 key factors can be divided into 2 main categories: Upfront Costs and Ongoing Costs.

Part One – Upfront Costs:

  1. The ducted air conditioner price.
  2. The addition of zoned AC control.
  3. The air conditioner installation cost.

Firstly, we need to know what ducted air conditioning is and how it works.  We can then move onto understanding upfront costs of a ducted air conditioner.  This is Part One of ducted air conditioning costs, which is the topic of this article.

For ducted air conditioning Brisbane, estimate of supply and install pricing is as follows:

  • Small home or studio:                                     $5,000 – $10,000 + GST
  • Standard 2-3 bedroom home:                                 $6,000 – $12,000 + GST
  • Standard 4 bedroom / small double-storey: $7,000 – $15,000 + GST
  • Standard 5+ bedroom / double-storey home: $8,000 – $18,000 + GST

Considering the number of factors involved and broad price-range, it is recommended to get a free ducted air conditioning quote based on your specific property, personal preferences, and price range/budget.  A ducted air conditioning specialist can save you a lot of time, money, and pain every step of the way.

Part Two – Ongoing Costs:

  1. The cost to run the air conditioner.
  2. The aircon servicing and maintenance.
  3. The price of air conditioning repairs.

It is strongly recommended to consider the cost to run the air conditioner, as well as maintain it, when making such a significant investment.  For this reason, we will go through ongoing costs of a ducted air conditioning system in Part Two of this topic in a separate article. Stay tuned!

Ducted Air Conditioning

There are many frequently asked questions in relation to ducted air conditioning.  This is understandable given the complex nature of a ducted aircon.  There are many moving parts, located inside and outside a building, with connections between both units and rooms being air conditioned.

Male technician installing a ducted air conditioning

What is Ducted Air Conditioning?

Ducted air conditioning refers to a refrigeration system use in conjunction with ductwork to condition the air inside a building.  Furthermore, ducted aircon typically refers to a split ducted air conditioner.

A split ducted air conditioner consists of two units; the outdoor condenser unit and indoor evaporator unit.  The AC condenser (“outdoor”) is designed to sit in a well-ventilated location, usually outdoors, and transfers heat with the external environment.  The AC evaporator unit (“indoor”) is typically concealed in the ceiling or roof space and distributes conditioned air to the indoor environment.

The two units are connected by refrigeration pipework and interconnect cabling.  Indoor rooms or spaces are connected to the indoor unit via ducts.  Supply air outlets in each room allow air to flow out of the ducted system and into the room.

The whole ducted aircon system is controlled by a wall controller or sometimes a remote control.  Wi-Fi control is a common extra available with most modern-day ducted air conditioners.  Furthermore, adding an AC zoning system is highly recommended and becoming commonplace.

How does Ducted Air Conditioning Work?

Ducted air conditioning can be a complete system of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), making it a popular HVAC system.  Air conditioning can be further broken down into temperature and humidity control.

The heating or cooling effect is felt as a result of air moving over refrigerant-filled heat exchanger coils.  An evaporator fan is located within the indoor unit to blow air over the coil and out into the room.  There will also be condenser fan/s in the outdoor unit to blow air through the unit and reject heat into the outside air.

With a ducted air conditioner, heat is transferred directly with the refrigerant within the system, making it a direct expansion (Dx) system.  It is worth noting that ducted Dx air conditioning, referred to in this article, is different to central air conditioning which involves heat transfer via a secondary medium such as water.

Refrigerant in the ducted system undergoes conversion from vapour (gas) form to liquid form as it moves around the refrigerant cycle, converting from high pressure to low pressure as it passes through the expansion valve.  The path the refrigerant takes depends on whether a reverse cycle aircon is heating or cooling.

DX refrigeration cycle

What is Ducted Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning?

Reverse cycle refers to the ability of an air conditioner to heat and cool using the same device, although not at the exact same time.  Ducted reverse cycle air conditioning is most common form of ducted aircon used as a home air conditioner.

Ducted reverse cycle comes standard for all air conditioner brands as the price between cool only and reverse cycle is minimal.  The advantages of ducted reverse cycle air conditioning out-way the relatively small price difference.

Commercial air conditioning may only be required to cool the indoor environment, with heater banks, heater elements, and other heating equipment in place to warm the workplace.  However, there is a trend towards reverse cycle ducted in the workplace as it simplifies the HVAC system; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning can all be performed by the one device.

Upfront Costs

The upfront cost of ducted air conditioning includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ducted air conditioner units themselves, including indoor evaporator/s, outdoor condensing unit/s, and controller/s,
  • Freight of the ducted units to the installer and then transport to site,
  • Ductwork components including flexible duct, supply/return air plenums, t-pieces, joiners, return air grille/filter/s, supply air outlets, etc.,
  • Freight of the ductwork components to the installer and/or transport to site,
  • Ducted connection materials, including pair coil/pipework, interconnect cables, duct tape, insulation materials, etc.,
  • Mounting equipment and materials, including lifters, supports, brackets, straps, slabs, etc.,
  • Ducted AC drain materials, including drip tray, safety tray, main drain, drain run, p-trap (where applicable), insulating materials, etc.,
  • Electrical materials, including circuit breaker, safety switch, junction box, isolator, cables, etc.,
  • Coverings such as electrical conduit, j-box, pipework capping, etc.,
  • Collection and transport of all of these additional materials to site,
  • If chosen; Zoning system, including wall controller/s, module/s, zone motors/actuators/barrels, connections, cabling, sensors (individual room temperature and/or in duct, where applicable), Wi-Fi module and connections (where applicable), etc.,
  • Freight of the zoning gear to the installer and/or transport to site,
  • Install labour, include technician/s, apprentice/s, and electrician where applicable,
  • Hourly pay rate of each employee/team member involved, both technical and admin,
  • Superannuation,
  • Staff days off, including public holidays, sick/careers leave, annual leave, etc.,
  • Business overheads, including licences, insurances, vehicles, tools, phones, upkeep on all equipment, office outgoings and rent/mortgage, training, downtime, administration expenses, advertising, etc.,
  • Clean up materials/equipment, including wet/dry vacuum cleaner, cleaning sprays, wipes, rags, bags, etc., and,
  • Rubbish disposal or collection fees, especially when a ducted aircon is changed over and the ductwork is also replaced.

Industrial workers

As you can see, there is a lot more to a ducted air conditioner price than first meets the eye.  Any new ducted installation or ducted aircon replacement is a relatively large-scale job, like a mini-project, assuming it is thoroughly planned out and executed to the correct standard.

With all this in mind, it pays to use the services of a reputable, experienced ducted installer.  Otherwise, there are many common air conditioning mistakes that can be made that can cost you a great deal of time, money, energy, and sanity in the short term and long run.

Ducted Air Conditioner Price

The first expense to consider is the ducted aircon unit cost itself.  That is, the indoor and outdoor units that make up the system.  Most ducted units also come with a wired wall controller or remote as part of the kit.

Pricing also depends on where you buy the complete AC system from.  Sometimes air conditioning retailers offer discounts or specials.  Some air conditioning manufacturers offer cashback offers at certain times throughout the year, especially winter.

An air conditioning company will typically be able to offer better pricing than in stores.  This is due to wholesale pricing, buying in bulk, lower retail overheads (by using existing warehouse and staff), and often smaller mark ups on AC units.

For the cheapest air conditioner buy price, it is recommended to contact a local AC company directly.  They may have the price of ducted air conditioner units listed online, or they may be able to advise special pricing over the phone or via email.

Size

The first thing that will impact the cost of ducted air conditioning is the size of the system.  This predominantly relates to the KW rating of the system.  The smaller the system, the cheaper the ducted aircon becomes.  However, it’s a fine balance, as an undersized system can end up cost you a lot more in the long run due to excessive run time, overworked units, shortened lifespan, etc.

There is more than just floor square meterage to consider with ducted aircon sizing.  Other factors such as building usage (residential or commercial AC application), heat load, airflow requirements, ceiling heights, building orientation, insulation materials, size/number/treatment of windows, future renovation or fit out plans, etc.

Architecture Composition

The size and number of return air (RA) grille/s and filter/s will also play a small part in the ducted aircon cost.  RA grilles and filters literally filter the circulating air before it returns to the indoor unit.  Some larger ducted units and buildings require a larger and/or more than the one standard grille and filter to allow sufficient air to circulate.

Brand

There are many well-known brands in the ducted air conditioner market; Daikin, Mitsubishi (Electric or Heavy Industries), ActronAir, Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Fisher and Paykel (Haier), LG, and Samsung, just to name a few.  There are many other brands of ducted aircon available, of varied quality and price.

The quality of the ducted AC unit makes a big difference to the overall cost of the ducted air conditioning system.  Like just about any piece of equipment, there is a wide range of brands available with a wide range of quality to match.

The cost of the air conditioner generally correlates with quality, as you would expect; the better the quality, the greater the cost.  This is because higher quality ducted air conditioner units are the result of superior parts, careful assembly, being built to last, more research and development, greater quality controls, and greater after-sales support.

Model

Within each AC brand, there can be a range of models to consider to further increase choice when it comes to the matter of ducted aircon cost.  The Daikin ducted air conditioner range is a primary example of this diversity.  For example, when considering Daikin units, you may need to decide between the standard inverter and Daikin premium inverter ducted air conditioners.

Ducted outdoor units come with a wide range of differences, contributing to their overall quality, performance, and cost.  This includes vertical or horizontal discharge, single, dual or quad fans, and single or three phase power.

Daikin Air Conditioner

Indoor units vary to some extent also, including slimline, bulkhead, or standard height, low, medium, or high static pressure, and splitting or non-splitting versions.  Sometime the indoor unit requirement dictates what outdoor unit will be required.  For example, limited ceiling space may limit choices for that given space, and therefore system options in general.

Supplier

As mentioned, the cost of ducted air conditioning generally correlates with quality, synonymous with a brand.  However, buyer beware.  Before you buy anything, it’s important to speak to reputable ducted air conditioning specialist who has accounts set up with a wide range of air conditioner manufacturers.

This way, the ducted aircon supplier can offer you a range of brands, of different qualities, at an accurately reflective price.  As an example, one small installer may only have accounts with Fujitsu and Carrier, making other brands that may be more suitable, such as Daikin and Haier, more expensive options in comparison for that particular installer.

By finding a comprehensive ducted air conditioning provider, you can choose from a diverse range of ducted air conditioners at the best price possible.  Pricing should be consistent with quality and features, to ensure you only pay more for a ducted aircon if it is warranted.

Ducted Air Conditioning Zoning

AC zoning is an optional extra that impacts the cost of your completed ducted system in many ways.  From upfront pricing, to installation, to operational costs, to ongoing maintenance and repairs, zoned air conditioning can vary the costs involved with ducted aircon dramatically.

House plan for Brisbane air conditioning zone controller – izone system designed and installed

First is pays to understand what AC zoning is and what are the best zoning options available.  Ducted zoning involves dividing up any indoor area on paper, whether it be residential, commercial, or industrial.  More specifically, the areas where individual control is desired.

Size

Similar to the ducted unit itself, the size of the ducted zoning system will impact the price.  Specifically, the number of individual zones chosen.  Most zoning controllers allow up to 8 zones as standard.  However, this can be extended to 14 and even more (up to 27 zones created in one case) with smart zoning systems such as iZone.

There are many components that make up a zoning system.  For each zone, you require:

  • Zone motor/actuator,
  • Zone barrel,
  • Cable/s,
  • Connections,
  • Sensor/s (room and/or in duct, if elected),
  • Sensor cables (if elected),
  • Installation of all parts, and,
  • Programming/set up of all parts.

Therefore, for each additional zone, there is additional material and labour costs involved.

Brand

Similar to ducted AC brands, there is a wide range of brand/manufacturer options when it comes to ducted air conditioning zoning.  Some zoning systems are brand-specific, like Daikin and Mitsubishi Electric, while some come from a third party, like Polyaire (AirTouch) or All Air (iZone).

Price is reflective of quality in most cases, although specific features also play a large part in the cost of a zoning system.  It’s worth asking your installer if they have a preferred zoning supplier, or take the time to shop around and secure a number of cost-competitive zoning options for you to consider.  At the end of the day, you want value for money and the optimum combination of factors for you.

Optimum Air Conditioning Price

It is worth taking some time to review the different types of air conditioning zoning available.  Zoning doesn’t come standard with ducted air conditioner units, and it can make a significant impact to ducted aircon costs, AC system functionality, and overall satisfaction with your heating and cooling system.

Features

Like AC brands, every zoning system has its own list of functions and features.  The primary difference between them starts with the degree of control possible for each area.  Zone control starts with basic on/off, works up to control of airflow percentage, then individual temperature control with room sensors, and you can even have individual room controllers.

Then there are a range of features available for the whole zoning system.  This includes Wi-Fi, touch screens, electronic bypass, motion sensors, timers, child lock, smart home control, and integration with complete home automation.

Some of these features come standard with certain ducted zoning system, while some can be added as an extra.  However, they do add to the cost of the zoning system and therefore complete ducted air conditioning system.

It is worth reviewing each feature and consider how it could be used in your home or business.  While some of them are nice to have (e.g. touch screens), some can actually save you money if used correctly (e.g. electronic bypass).

Wi-Fi or Timers are handy features to have to pre-cool your home before the hot summer sun heats it up while you are away from home.  Meanwhile, Sleep Timer or Mode can improve sleep and save you money also.  It can really pay to chat to an air conditioning company nearby about the different options and your particular requirements.

Timing

The timing of your zoning system installation affects the cost of your ducted aircon system as a whole.  Zoning tends to cost less when installed at the same time as a new ducted aircon system, compared to separate installation down the track.  This is because men are already in the roof, running ductwork, and can more easily install each zoning component.

A later installation date of the zoning may also limit your options.  Current zoning systems are not all compatible with older models of air conditioner unit.  Alternatively, additional costs may apply for special adaptors or components to make the zoning gear compatible.

While not impossible, if you are considering zoning, it is recommended to do it when the ducted air conditioning system is being installed.  While it is an additional cost upfront, it can save you considerable money and prevent option restriction down the track.

Woman turning air conditioning on

It is also worth noting that having zoning, or any ducted air conditioning components for that matter, installed in the cooler months of the year will typically save you money.  Many AC companies offer off-peak/winter discounts when suppliers have sales, better unit availability, and it is is safer for staff to work in roof spaces.

Air Conditioner Installation Cost

When is comes to ducted air conditioner installation costs, it’s important to note that installation typically includes everything except the actual ducted air conditioner units themselves.  That includes labour, materials, and equipment required for the installation and connection of a ducted aircon.

Size

Installing an air conditioner depends on many different factors such as the type and number of units, space available for all components, the degree of difficulty of the installation, and materials required.

The size of the ducted aircon has many implications for installation cost.  Larger units are physically more difficult to handle and put in place, thus require more labour and/or additional lifting equipment to install.

Larger units are also more expensive due to being mostly three-phase power units (~18kW and above).  Aside from the considerable step up in pricing from single-phase units (~17kW and below), electrical cabling and materials required with three-phase units is more costly.  A three-phase ducted unit installation can also be more labour-intensive to install.  These differences between single and three-phase power impact the cost of ducted air conditioning.

Company

When looking at getting ducted air conditioning installed, there are usually many companies to consider.  It can be difficult to know where to start and evaluate what costs are reasonable.

Firstly, please do not be tempted to DIY or use an unlicenced contractor when it comes to ducted aircon installation.  Ducted aircon is one area where licensing and certification is really worth it, for warranty, insurance, and legal reasons.

Claim Form

By installing a ducted air conditioner incorrectly and/or illegally, you can cause extensive damage to your home, the electrical grid, the air conditioning itself, and worst case yourself and those around you.  Warranty would also be void, related insurance claims can be declined, and you risk losing a life.  It surely isn’t worth the cost savings upfront, given the costs you are risking down the track.

A good ducted install company will look after you and provide good value for money.  They typically negotiate best pricing possible from suppliers in order to help keep costs down.

The best AC companies also calculate and manage their overheads to further ensure the provision of high-quality ducted installs at the best possible price.  At the end of the day, value for money should be more important than bottom-line pricing upfront.  This philosophy can help you save far more in the long run.

Quality

The quality of a ducted air conditioner installation can vary significantly, to say the least.  Pricing from different companies and cowboys can vary dramatically because of this.  As mentioned, price is often an indication of quality.  This is with some exceptions, as there are too many companies out there taking advantage of customers and overcharging for their services.

On the flip side, it is important to note that the cheapest installer may not always be the best.  If they don’t have the experience, knowledge, longevity, and ethics of a reputable ducted installer, you can end up with a nasty, frustrating, and expensive experience, upfront and ongoing.

The materials available for use with a ducted aircon install also vary in quality and price.  A good ducted installer will use higher quality, suitable materials.  This helps prevent air, water, and gas leaks as well as premature material degradation, while improving energy efficiency and allowing the system to operate as designed.

A good quality installation typically saves you far more than the cost difference between a cheap and nasty vs reputable and professional air conditioning installer.  This includes not only money, but also peace of mind and AC lifespan.  There are many mistakes made when installing air conditioning, and many of them come down to the quality of the service and materials provided.

Locations

Before considering ducted conditioning, you will need to ensure there is suitable roof space to house the ductwork.  If you are replacing an existing ducted aircon, then this shouldn’t be an issue as ductwork is already in place and can be reused or replaced.

One of the next things to consider when installing ducted air conditioning is the location of both the indoor and outdoor units.  One of the many common air conditioning installation mistakes is incorrect unit locations.  This can be due to access issues but also additional costs involved with installing the units correctly, whether it be due to additional labour and/or materials required.

For the indoor unit, it is cheaper to install it in the most convenient location for the installers.  This may be not far in from the return air grille where the unit entered the roof, along way away from the manhole, hard up against the roof, and/or close to a structural beam preventing ease of future access to the internals of the unit.  It is worth paying a few hundred dollars more now to save potentially thousands in ceiling repairs down the track if cutting the ceiling becomes the only way to access the indoor unit.

Similarly with the outdoor unit, it may cost a bit more initially to get it installed in the most suitable location for system longevity but is usually worth the additional cost.

Air conditioning technician installing air conditioner

The outdoor condensing unit is the more costly of the 2 units (indoor vs outdoor), as it is the powerhouse of the whole ducted system.  The easier and more efficiently it can work, the more efficient the whole system is and the more money you save in the long run.  When discussing outdoor unit placement, it’s recommended to negotiate a cool, shaded location if possible and practical.

Ducted air conditioning system costs present significant upfront costs.  It is a real investment in the indoor temperature and climate control of your home or business.  We hope this article has been of use in understanding ducted aircon costs, what to expect, and what to look out for.

However, once your new ducted air conditioner is installed, that’s only half of the story.  Then comes the running, servicing, and repairing of the system, until it reaches end of life and requires replacement.  Stay tuned for Part Two on the topic of ducted AC costs to learn all about the ongoing costs of ducted air conditioning.

Summertime is the best season to enjoy time with your family and friends and to disconnect a bit from work and responsibilities. Just keep in mind that to get the most out of it you want to have everything ready before the hottest days arrive.

As summer gets closer, the days get warmer and longer and the first thing you should do 10 or 15 days beforehand is to prepare your home for the hot weather and make it as comfortable as possible.

In this article, we will give you some key chores to do before the summers arrive.

Illumination

If your house is already getting hot, we recommend that you dim the lights to the lowest level so that the room temperature is cooler.

If you don’t have dimmers installed, it may be a good time for you to get ones because this will help you modify light to your needs. Also, by using dimmers you will notice how your electricity bill drops considerably.

Textiles

It’s time to change the home textiles if you haven’t already. Get rid of dense or dark upholstery, both indoors and outdoors, switch to light and breathable fabrics, such as cotton or linen, and combine with natural fibres.

A white environment is always perfect for summer decoration. It is a perfect colour for the light and feeling of freshness and well-being.

Air conditioner

Make sure your air conditioning is working properly, otherwise, it will be a disaster for you and your family to stand the heavy hot weather, even if it is just for a few days.

For this reason, you need to do proper aircon maintenance and clean the filters beforehand.

Remember that the air filter should be checked and cleaned regularly, at least once at the beginning of the hot season and once during it.

Also, remember that when the air conditioner takes away dust and dirt, it cools much less and consumes more electricity, so proper cleaning is important. Keep in mind that It is usually noticeable when the filter is not 100% good since the ability to cool your home drops significantly.

Relaxed woman with air conditioning in summer

Appliances

Appliances emit heat, especially the oven, dishwasher, washing machine or dryer, so the idea is to use them in the hours of lower temperature. Also, it is a great idea to get highly efficient appliances to favour savings.

Also what you should do to avoid undesirable heat is turning off those appliances that nobody is using during the day, such as the television or the computer. Remember to disconnect them as well

On the other hand, do not sacrifice essential appliances like air conditioning, which we are pretty sure will be on almost at all times due to the high temperatures.

With efficient use of appliances can save up to 30% on the electricity bill during these months. Also, do not forget to maintenance is key for the appliances to work perfectly as dust on inlets and outlets worsen the performance of the equipment.

Protection

If you protect your house from the sun, you will be more comfortable, you will make the most out of the aircon and also you can have energy savings of up to 10%. For this to happen you need awnings and blinds that will make less heat enter and therefore you do not have to put the air conditioning so strong.

Also, this will help you to protect from exposure to ultraviolet rays and avoid discolouration of the furniture.

Blinds

You may be thinking that opening the windows is a good idea to cool down the house, however, windows can be responsible for up to 40% of heat gain in your home.

If you have windows that face the sun, close the curtains or blinds to keep the sun out from coming directly into the house. Also, by using shades you can lower the temperature up to 20 degrees.

Curtains

You can invest in neutral-colour, white curtains or in blackout curtains to reduce the heat up to 33%.

These curtains should be made from a heavy material like velvet as its purpose is to keep the sunlight from streaming into the home when it is not wanted.

Windows

Check your windows as they are the most vulnerable part of your home. This is because it is a part of the house that cause more energy losses. Aluminium windows with double glazing will be a good ally to achieve good thermal comfort in the house.

Also, different glasses with low thermal transmission and low solar factor or windows with thermal bridge break can be considered.

Also, be sure to close the windows when the aircon is turned on, not doing it is a common air conditioning mistake you should avoid.

Lights

Put an end to incandescent lights to reduce heat but also consumption, you must change all the bulbs in your house for LED light or low-consumption lamps.

Incandescent bulbs convert 90% of the energy they consume into heat and what you want to avoid this summer is excessive heat in your house.

Isolation

Improves the insulation of ceilings and walls because good insulation can reduce the energy consumed by air conditioners by more than 30%.

Keep in mind that in summer what you want to do is get the most out of your air conditioning and a good way to do it is by improving energy efficiency.

Garden

Finally on our list is the garden. Such an important place when it comes to summer because you and your family will be spending most of the time here.

But keep in mind that keeping your garden healthy during the summer months is one of the biggest challenges you may face, as excessive heat can be very damaging to your plants.

To avoid that remember to water the roots but never the leaves and add compost to your plants regularly. Also, you can use some useful tools and decorations to keep it vibrant at this time of the year.

Big family spending time in garden in Summer

Remember that organization and planning is key to make the most out of your time, in this case, organizing yourself and do these chores 10 to 15 days before summer will make it a more enjoyable experience.

Moving into a new house can be stressful, but planning for the big day can help you feel calm and have everything in order.

Take into account that it can be exhausting to do it all in one day. So our advice for you is to divide it into at least two days. One day to carry the small things in your car or with the help of family or friends and a second day to move the bigger things like furniture and appliances with a moving company.

Also, many people think that packaging and unpackaging should be their only concern. However, it’s the things that you do before and after the moving that can make all the difference. So, to help you with the move, we have put together this quick list with 6 key factors to consider before moving into a new house.

1. Make an early inspection of your new home

It is important for you to make an early inspection of your new home, regardless of if it is rented, pre-owned, or brand new. Check the electrical circuit box or main board and make sure that every switch has a label – for the kitchen, living room, bathroom, and so on. Check that all the lights work well and make sure all rooms have their light bulbs or tubes installed.

If your home is rented or you bought it from a previous owner, double-check the following:

  • Everything that was included in the sale is in the house.
  • All the agreed repairs were made by the previous owner.
  • Things like switches, outlets, and fixtures are in safe, working order.

You can hire an air conditioner technician to check the status of your aircon and check if it’s good to go for at least a few more years. Also, you can hire an electrician to check the state of the electrical box or switchboard and see if it needs to be repaired or replaced with a new one.

Furthermore, check your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (if applicable) to see if they are working well, need batteries, and/or need to be replaced.

If it is a new home, then make sure you equip it with the appliances you need. Also, if you want to save in the long run then you should consider buying an energy-efficient air conditioner as this is the device that may consume the most energy at home. Of course, if possible, look for other energy-efficient appliances as well.

Make sure any alarms or security systems in place work well and you have everything functioning so you can make use of these the moment you move in.

Air conditioning male technician

2. Make sure your new place is childproof if you need to

Before you can install the whole set-up in your new home regarding children safety, make sure you do some initial childproofing to keep your child or children safe until you can work on it definitively.

You can quick childproof your home on moving day or you can do it before. Our recommendation is to do it before because on moving day you will be doing so much that you can easily forget about this really important factor.

Some of the things you can work on are checking all the windows and secure them, keep dangerous stuff far out of the reach of children, and watch out for hanging cords (you should fasten them out of reach or knot them).

3. Find the right moving company

Find the right moving company and hire the one that fits your needs and your budget. We recommend getting three quotes before choosing your moving company. Make sure any company you choose is licensed, insured, and guarantee their work in case something breaks.

Keep in mind that a licensed company means that the moving company is allowed by law to work – you don’t want to be scammed. The guarantee implies that the moving companies are bound by your contract. Finally with insurance your things will be safe in case something happens along the way.

Also, as we mentioned before, it is ideal for you move the small things by yourself or with help from family and friends to save money.

4. Inform everyone about your new address

Report your new address to the post office and contact the bank, credit card companies, anyone who sends you bills, and any source of important reminders. so they can update your information.

Remember to do this before you move. You should also notify the post office of your address change to make sure you start receiving mail at your new home straight away. Otherwise, they will keep sending your mailing to the old address.

Furthermore, contact credit card companies to avoid missing a statement and skipping a payment because it arrived at your old address or was lost. Also, you should update the important documents one month before moving in – update your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and electoral role details.

5. Do your packing early

Pack early and pack smart. If you have space that you don’t use in your current home, then designate it as a packing room and store all the boxes there. In this way, you will be able to pack everything without interrupting passages at home.

Make a checklist with all the things you have packaged and the boxes you put them in, so you don’t get lost when you unpack them.

On moving day, make a final inspection of both houses. In the new home, use your moving checklist to make sure you have all your boxes and other belongings before the moving workers leave.

In the old house, make sure the water and lights are off, the doors are locked, and all of your closets and drawers are empty.

Couple in new house

6. Contact utility companies

When you get to your new home you will want to have the basic services straight away, such as electricity, gas, water, internet and/or telephone. So contact those companies in advance to set the date of transfer for services to your new address.

On moving day, you should verify that your electric, gas, water, heating and cooling, phone, and internet are set up. Then call your local waste management facility to ensure that your new home is set up for garbage pick up as well.

These key points should help make moving into a new house that little bit easier.  It will never be easy, as moving is ranked as one of the most stressful life events. However, the process can certainly be helped, and we hope that this article will help you.

There are a lot of benefits of controlling your air conditioner from your smartphone. The main advantage is that you can set the right temperature before arriving home. By doing this, the moment you enter your home you will find that the temperature is exactly how you wanted it.

Furthermore, you will be able to turn off your air conditioner if you forgot about it when you left home. Also, you can control when you are in other rooms of the house where you cannot control it directly with the remote. Similarly, if you are lying in bed and want to warm up the lounge, you can! You can even customize the power of your unit to save energy.

Another great advantage is that you can control your air conditioning in situations where your aircon control doesn’t work properly. Also, you won’t have to remember what the settings are that you like the most when it comes to temperature control – in the app, you can save these parameters and access the temperature you like with just one click.

In this article we will discuss several apps that can help you control your air conditioner in the best way possible. Also some of them include other features that can be helpful when it comes to comfort and utility.

Air conditioner remote control apps

In the Play Store or App Store, many remote control apps work with many different devices. You just have to make sure the app you want to download is supported by your phone. Also you need to make sure that your brand of air conditioner is compatible with the specific app. After making sure of those two things, you can start downloading the app.

1. ASmart Remote IR App

Asmart App

The first app we will show you is called ASmart Remote IR. It is compatible with the most popular brands of air conditioners and it is very easy to use. The first thing you have to do after installing is clicking on the “+” button to add a new device and select the air conditioning brand you have.

The functions you have are turn on, turn off, increase, or decrease the temperature. Also, you can save your settings for quick access to the temperature you like the most. Furthermore, you can use this app with other appliances in your house.

2. Tado Smart Air Conditioner App

Tado Air Conditioning App

The Tado Smart Air Conditioner App helps you control your heating devices as well as your air conditioner easier than ever. This app helps you make your home air conditioner more intuitive. It can connect using an infrared connection which helps you even connect with old air conditioners.

This app works based on your preferred settings. So this means you can turn it off when nobody’s home, lower the fan setting, or even put it in quiet mode. Also, it acts as a remote control for your air conditioner, which means that you can change the temperature from your bed or your couch without having to stand up.

3. AirTouch

AirTouch Air Conditioning App

The AirTouch app is not only a remote control but it has a monitoring system that will help you manage your home’s temperature in the best way possible.

It will help you turn your air conditioner on and off, change and monitor setpoint temperatures, use alerts to know when to perform specific actions, change your aircon from heat, cool, fan, or automatic (if it has these options) and control from 1 to 4 air conditioners.

This app is one of the most complete ones out in the market. Also it is really easy to set up and understand. However, it does require AirTouch components being installed as part of your air conditioning and/or zoning system.

4. Cielo Home – Smart AC App

Cielo Air Conditioning App

The Cielo Home App adds a lot of convenience to your daily life as this gives you the best user experience matched with automation and control.

This app provides you with global control as you can control your aircon from anywhere in the world. It also gives you a usage history, which means that it saves your usage patterns and helps you achieve saving goals.

You also have access to weekly scheduling where you can schedule your desired air conditioner settings at any time. Finally, it helps you keep track of your air conditioner air filter cleanliness so you can be aware of when to give maintenance to your air conditioner.

5. Ambi Climate

Ambi Air Conditioning App

The final app on this list is the Ambi Climate app. The best feature of the Ambi Climate App is that it has a great ability to record all the actions that you perform with your air conditioner. Also, it analyses and acts on the information you give to the app.

In this way, this app will know and internalise the settings that you like the most and will build a profile based on your habits and preferences. So, it mainly saves you time by knowing what air conditioner settings you prefer according to the outside climate, the day, and the time.

Also, you can use this app to set specific levels of temperature and humidity when you are not home.  This keeps things under control, ready for your return home.

Remember that when you use an app for your air conditioner you can save a lot of money from energy usage. This is because when you leave your air conditioner running after you leave home there is nothing you can do about it. This situation represents a waste of energy, and therefore money.

On the other hand, if you have an app where you can control your air conditioner from wherever you are, then it is easy to turn off your air conditioner when you are not home.

At this point, you may be wondering if having any of these apps is worth it. The answer is yes. You have seen all the advantages they have, so do not discard the idea of downloading any of these apps without considering them first.

You need to know that all of these apps are different because they solve slightly different problems, and they execute their functions differently. So, it is up to you to decide which one works best for your needs.

Most people think that to save money they have to build a smaller house or use cheaper materials. However, the truth is that the real savings can be seen in the long term and you can take action from the very beginning.

Throughout the useful life of a home, there are many expenses from month to month, quarter to quarter, that you will have to pay. These include the cost of heating, air conditioning, water consumption, and electricity. The main problem with conventional houses is that they are built without taking energy efficiency into consideration.

There are several reasons why you should think about building an energy-efficient house. For example, you will save money as you use less energy and you will also be helping the environment as you will minimize power consumption.

In this article, we invite you to discover 5 key elements that will allow you to know how to design or choose an energy-efficient house.

Strategic orientation

Designing and/or choosing a good orientation is key to start with for an energy efficient home. The house should follow a northern orientation in the southern hemispheres and a southern orientation in the northern hemisphere.

It is also important to take into account the weather of the place where you are going to live. Based on that, you must decide on a suitable size for the windows and see if you can take advantage of existing trees or other resources to keep the house cooler by shading.

Also, the design strategy for optimal orientation of the house will depend on the land and its size. You must not forget to establish where the main facade of the house will be as it should be optimal.

Thermal insulation

It is important to use materials with high thermal resistance in the home. Building materials need to have good thermal insulation as this is key to avoid energy losses.

Thermal resistance is the ability of a material to establish a barrier to the passage of heat from inside and outside the house. This material will naturally assist with indoor temperature retention.

Keep in mind that all materials are thermal insulators and have some degree of resistance to the passage of heat. However, some material has a higher resistance and thus thermal insulation. For example, fibrous or porous materials have traditionally been used, such as mineral wool, extruded polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, and polyurethane foam, among others.

Remember that having good thermal insulation implies a significant saving of money via reduced heating/cooling/energy costs in the short, medium, and long term.

Roofer Builder Worker

Energy-self sufficiency

A big problem related to the energy consumption in residential houses is that they are typically powered by non-renewable fossil fuel energy sources. Many of these sources are in the process of running out.

Consequently, the price of these energy sources is increasing and will continue to do so. The solution is to build self-sufficient houses that depend less on external, non-renewable energy sources.

Alternatively, if this is not possible for you yet, try to invest in energy-efficient elements. For example, when choosing the appliances for your home you can choose energy-efficient ones.

On average, home appliances like clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, air purifiers, air conditioners, and humidifiers will account for 20% of your household power bill.

This is why you need to know how to choose energy-efficient appliances, especially for air conditioners, as they are the ones that may consume the most amount electricity. However, this does depend on your geographic area and weather conditions.

Natural and controlled ventilation

Natural ventilation is a passive cooling strategy that is highly recommended, especially for climates with moderately controlled temperatures. Meanwhile, if you live in a place with extremely hot or extremely cold temperature, you will need to use heaters and/or air conditioners to ensure you don’t suffer or perish due to extreme temperatures.

Natural ventilation is effectively the strategic location of openings, such as doors or windows, that allows the circulation of the air with the interior spaces of a building.

To achieve maximum control and avoid heat losses, it is important to have airtight windows of very good quality. It can be recommended to have double or even triple glass if the subsequent impact on house energy efficiency is significant.

Remember that while very good quality windows represent a considerable investment, it is an expense usually worth paying because the long-term benefits are typically greater. Just think about this; about 18% of energy is lost through doors, windows, and thermal bridges, a product of poor quality and inefficiency of these elements.

Ecological Lighting

You can use LED lighting all over your house to save energy consumption. LED lighting has a lot of versatility and lets you create all kind of environments. Also, LED bulbs are not as expensive as they were before. Nowadays you can find LED bulbs near the price of incandescent bulbs.

Also keep in mind that with the installation of LED bulbs in the home, significant savings are achieved in the electricity bill, since they consume much less energy than traditional lighting systems. Even less than so-called energy-saving light bulbs, which use the same principles as fluorescent tubes.

Bioclimatic Design

Bioclimatic design

A bioclimatic design is focused on achieving thermal and acoustic efficiency in a building. This means that you will be able to live in a comfortable environment, but with minimal energy consumption. One of the key factors to consider in building an energy-efficient home with a bioclimatic design is climate.

This strategy seeks, through the use of materials in walls, ceilings and floors, to passively regulate the heat that is transmitted from the outside to the inside of the house. Keep in mind that the interior climate also depends on the air that enters and leaves through windows and on the sunlight that falls directly on walls, rooves, and windows.

Remember, if you are thinking about building a house, make it energy-efficient and enjoy all the benefits that come along with it. For energy-efficient air conditioning and lighting, please don’t hesitate to contact us to assist.

It can be a difficult task to find the perfect air conditioner for your business. With so many options in the market, how to choose? You have to think about your commercial premises; is it just a small office? Then you may choose to go with ductless air conditioning. But if you need to cool down several offices, then ducted air conditioning may be the best option for you.

Remember that choosing air conditioning that does not suit your purposes can result in issues like excessive cost, failing to create a comfortable environment, and poor energy efficiency.

Take into consideration that employees that are comfortable while working are more productive, happier, and less stressed. Suitable ducted air conditioning can provide outstanding return on investment.

What is ducted air conditioning?

Ducted air conditioners consist of the outdoor device, which is normally installed outside on the ground, wall bracket, or roof. It is connected to an indoor unit of rectangular shape that goes above the ceiling of a room/indoor area. The two units are connected by refrigerant pipework.

In this way, it will go unnoticed and help ensure the pleasant aesthetics of the office or work space. From here, running off the indoor unit, there will be a series of ducts that are located in the ceiling space running to all rooms/zones.

In each room or zoned area, there will be supply air grille/s, through which air is expelled. There will also be return air grille/s located elsewhere via which air returns to the indoor unit. This ensures proper air circulation.

Many key design elements must be taken into account. For example, all ducted air conditioning equipment requires a control device that often also acts as a thermostat. This is usually placed in the main room or in the hallway, where you can control and operate the ducted aircon.

So, what are the advantages of ducted air conditioning?

There are many factors you should consider before installing ducted air conditioning.

More productivity

Regardless of the weather condition outside the workplace, it will maintain an optimum temperature throughout the indoor workplace. This will lead to people feeling comfortable, thus they will be more productive.

On the other hand, if they feel that their office is really hot then workers will not be focused. This is the last thing you want. Remember that if you are serious about creating a perfect work environment then you need to have aircon to help staff be healthy and productive.

Energy-efficient and thermal insulation

Ducted air conditioning has great thermal insulation and this feature significantly limits the energy consumption of the entire ventilation system. Furthermore, the aluminium coatings present on both sides of the panel ensure excellent waterproofing and vapour blocking performance.

Also, it is proven that ducted air conditioners are capable of reducing your energy consumption. Furthermore, the performance can be higher, even higher than conventional aircon units. Additionally, ducted systems are often the most aesthetically pleasing option you can find in the aircon market.

Air conditioning mounted in ceiling

Uniform temperature

Another one of the great advantages of ducted air conditioning is the uniform temperature. With correct ductwork designed and installed, you can achieve more uniform air conditioning and climate control across the different areas of your office or business space.

The reason for this is that a centralized system allows you to distribute better air through different outlets. In this way, it optimizes its performance compared to a single air outlet where you need higher power or lower temperature to cool down the areas that are far away from the machine.

Capability of zoning

Zoning is amazing if you are going to climatize different offices and areas because not everyone likes the same temperature. Some may feel it is too cold while others may feel it is not cold enough. The temperature battles in offices around the country can be endless. However, zoning can help this.

Not all centralized air ducted systems allow zoning but they are the main aircon type that has this feature and it is an important advantage. You will be able to manage every room independently through the controller. Also, you will be able to close the circulation of hot or cold air by zone if you want to. The degree of control depends on the zoning system in place.

This is a great way of making sure that the power and consequent expenses are focused only on those rooms where people are using the aircon. This lets you save money in the long run as well as preserve the ducted air conditioning equipment.

Secure

The air conditioning ductwork is relatively light and it requires few anchor points to install. Thus, it is much safer in case anything falls due to an accident or even earthquake.

Another important advantage in safety terms is the excellent fire resistance. In the commercial setting, R1.5 (fire rating) or higher is often recommended and used, compared to R1.0 in homes.

Useful for summer and winter

Unlike other systems, ducted air conditioners can help you in winter and summer. Reverse cycle air conditioning is standard for ducted aircons. This allows achievement of a perfect temperature with only one air conditioning unit/device.

This is why ducted air conditioning offers you a complete solution for its whole lifespan. This  can be up to 20 years if you give it proper AC maintenance.

What may be some disadvantages?

The ducted air conditioner has a lot of advantages, but it also can have some disadvantages depending on your budget, needs, and location.

If your office does not have the pre-installation of ductwork done, then you will have to include installation of the ducts in the air conditioning installation. This may increase the cost of the complete aircon system and installation.

It is a possibility that your office does not allow you to run refrigerant pipes because of the building structure. For this reason, you may have to reject this air conditioning system type.

Also, investment in ducted air conditioning systems is often high depending on the spaces to be air-conditioned.  However, as we mentioned before, you can save money in the long run because it’s likely that you will be choosing an energy-efficient device and this will reflect in the quarterly energy bill.

Finally, ducted air conditioners have a particularity because in very cold regions it is better not to install them. Otherwise, the air conditioning equipment can suffer and have poor performance when the temperature outside exceeds -5ºC.

Male technician cleaning an industrial air conditioner

Ductless or ducted air conditioning?

It all depends on the size of the place that you want to air condition. Remember that if you need more personalized advice, you can contact us and we can help you find the right solution for you!

Children, especially newborns, are very sensitive to sudden changes in temperature. This is because temperature alters them easily. For example, at night if they are feeling too cold or too warm they can wake up and feel distressed.

Remember that air conditioning can be very beneficial for your family, especially for your children, but only if you know how to manage it properly. Air conditioning is not harmful to the health of your children at all, but you have to use it with a series of precautions and not use it excessively.

If you make responsible use of the air conditioning, you can help your newborn achieve a better sleep. You can also keep him or her away from some diseases related to extreme heat.

Temperature and humidity

With the presence of very young children, it is necessary to control the humidity and temperature of the room where air conditioning is in operation. In other words, indoor climate control.

Remember that air conditioning is an excellent ally to be able to cope with the extreme temperatures of summer days and nights. In this way your child will be much more comfortable, thus enjoying a fresh and pleasant atmosphere and avoiding any bad experience related to extreme temperatures.

You just have to ensure that temperature and humidity are suitable as an atmosphere too cold and dry can affect the baby’s respiratory tract. A temperature of 25 degrees will be ideal so the heat does not negatively affect adults and there is limited risk of over-cooling in young children.

Keep in mind that as you are looking not to have a dry atmosphere, it is also necessary to avoid excess moisture. This is because moisture favours the growth of mould and fungi, increasing certain health risks.

The moisture at home should oscillate between 30 and 50%. Also, you must try to “air out” all the rooms regularly. To control these parameters, it is useful to have a thermometer and even a hygrometer at home.

Finally, it is preferable to have air conditioning throughout the house and not only in certain rooms. In this way, you and your children will avoid abrupt temperature changes, which can have a negative impact, especially on newborns. These changes can weaken the immune system of minors, which increases the risk of diseases.

Tips for using air conditioning when you are at home

When you have a newborn you must be careful with the use of air conditioning. If you are going to use it, keep these tips in mind:

  1. To avoid sudden temperature changes. The difference between the inside of the house or the car and the outside should not be very large. Ideally it should not exceed 10 degrees of difference.
  2. Do not place the baby near the air conditioning. If the cold air gets on the baby directly, this can make him/her ill. All the rooms should have the same temperature if the air conditioning is functioning properly, then there is no need to place the baby that closes to the air conditioning.
  3. Remember that excessive air conditioning of the indoors can cause stinging or eye itching and drying or irritation of the respiratory system. You must get some degree of humidity at home.

For this reason, you may choose to use a humidifier. That is, a container with water in the bedroom or use an air conditioning system that also regulates the humidity at home.

  1. If you use a humidifier, keep in mind that you should never surpass 50% humidity. Otherwise, this may encourage fungi to grow in the environment and induce baby allergies.
  2. Do not turn on the air conditioner and the humidifier constantly. It is important to leave time for good outdoor daily ventilation.
  3. Do proper cleaning and maintenance on your air conditioner, because pollen, dust, mites, and fungi accumulate inside the filters.

Newborn baby family in room with AC

Tips for using air conditioning when you are not home

When you and your family leave the house there are some things you should do.

  1. If you have to go outside when it is very hot, turn off the air conditioner for a while before your children get in because they are now used to the outside temperature. As we have pointed before, you have to avoid sudden temperature changes.
  2. When you walk out with your new-born, you have to always put them in warm clothes. This is because you may go to a store, restaurant, or shopping centre where air conditioning has a lot of power and the temperature is typically very low.
  3. As for the air conditioning in the car, before getting in you have to open the windows so that the hot air goes out. Also, when using the car, you must be very careful with new-borns. You have to mitigate the heat with frequent stops and low air conditioning.

Benefits of using air conditioning for a new-born

Unstable temperatures at home and poor air quality can cause children to suffer from several health problems like skin irritations or rash, bleeding nose, scratchy throats, congestions, infections, itchy eyes and extreme fatigue, just to name a few.

Also, a new-born living in an overly warm place can experience psychological stress because their bodies are trying to regulate their internal temperature.

For this reason, an air conditioner can be the best ally for your children. It improves indoor air quality and keeps the temperature regulated. Keep in mind that the cooled air reduces humidity levels and mould in your home.

Air conditioning is designed to purify the air, removing allergens and pollutants. However, you can further improve your indoor environment with something like the Daikin air purifier.

Mother and Daughter near air conditioner

Remember that a home air conditioner is greatly beneficial at any time of the year if it is used correctly. Getting adequate air conditioning greatly improves quality of life for people living there. This is especially true with energy-efficient air conditioners or more digital devices where you can easily schedule it to obtain a friendly environmental outcome.

Keep in mind that, especially in summer, you must use common sense to protect children from heat since they are not only more susceptibility to changes in temperature but also depend on adults to control everything related to their environment. This is especially true for newborns, who depend solely on adults for their health and survival.

If we tell you that you can save money and take care of the environment while having an air conditioner at home, would you believe us? Well, the truth is that it is possible, if you choose an energy-efficient air conditioner.

You can find energy-efficient appliances including air conditioners in almost all their forms. It may be a higher investment at the beginning compared to a regular air conditioner, however the long-term savings can make up for it.

What is energy efficiency?

Energy efficiency refers to the optimization of resources to achieve a goal. This means using less energy than normal for an appliance to work but achieving the same results. Thus, energy efficiency includes all those actions that aim to save energy without representing an impact on your qualify of life.

Using energy efficiently also means not using it in unnecessary ways and doing what you require with the minimum possible consumption. To achieve this, it is essential to explore new technologies and systems that save energy to achieve a sustainable life.

The efficient use of energy contributes to protecting natural resources and reducing environmental impact. For this reason, it is not only necessary to have efficient technologies, but also responsible for consumers like you.

How to measure energy efficiency?

To make sure that you are truly increasing energy efficiency throughout your home, optimizing the performance of your appliances, and achieving your objectives it is essential to measure energy consumption.

The easiest way to measure your energy savings is through the annual cost of electricity. If your power bill is small/smaller, it means that the energy efficiency in your home is high.

The importance of energy-efficiency

The energy efficiency of the air conditioning is measured based on the amount of energy generated for each kW of energy consumption. The higher the energy generated for each kW spent, the more efficient your system will be.

Furthermore, all appliances have a label that explains their energy efficiency. This efficiency is measured with different letters, from “A” to “G”, with “A” being the most efficient and “F” and “G” the least efficient.

Remember that energy efficiency is one of the main saving factors that must be taken into consideration if you want to ensure optimal use of your air conditioning.

How to choose an energy-efficient air conditioner?

To choose an energy-efficient air conditioner you need to think about your own needs but also identify the models that consume less energy.

Energy

For you to make sure to invest in an air conditioner that doesn’t consume too much energy you need to look at its label, which can range from A +++ to B depending on kW rating.

You should have a higher budget to install your air conditioner because cheaper alternatives often offer low performance and high electricity consumption.

The EER rate

To measure the true efficiency of an air conditioner, it is essential to compare the EER rate or Energy Efficiency Rating of each model. This refers to the amount of electricity needed to obtain a defined cooling capacity.

To sum it up, the more energy it takes to reach the desired objective, the more power the device uses.

Energy consumption

Energy consumption is an excellent indicator to anticipate the impact of air conditioning on the annual electricity bill. It is measured in kWh and you can simply compare the information for each model to make an informed decision.

Sound of the air conditioning system

The sound of an air conditioner varies between 45 and 60 dB. What you should do to not have any problems with your air conditioner is looking for the ones with the lower levels.

The good news is that energy-efficient air conditioners possess high-level technology with hardly any sound.

Casual woman using air conditioning

How to optimize your energy-efficient air conditioner

Look at the label

An energy-efficient air conditioner can save up to 60% more than a conventional one. For this reason, as we stated before, there are appliances that are cheaper but they are not energy-savers but in the long run. You will pay for them eventually!

Always keep your appliance in good condition

Performing regular maintenance on your air conditioner is key to extending its lifespan. Also, avoiding dirty aircon filters is essential for the proper functioning of your air conditioner. It also keeps away all the mould and bacteria that may affect your health and the health of your family.

Technician cleaning air conditioner indoors

Having habits to minimize the heat in your home

The best tip that we can give you to minimize the heat in your house is to ventilate your home at night, so this will cool down the environment in the morning. For the rest of the day, it is better to keep the windows closed so this will avoid increasing the temperature of your home.

Keep in mind that if you are going to leave the house, you should turn off your air conditioner and turn it on when you come back. In this way you will be saving energy and money.

Monitor and regulate the temperature

The main reason to buy an air conditioner is to be comfortable at home. However, it is a great idea to make your air conditioner work as efficiently as possible. For this reason, we recommend you set your aircon at 22-24ºC. For each degree you adjust beyond that, you can increase the cost of your bill up to 10%.

Help yourself with other elements

When the heat is not suffocating, having ceiling or portable fans installed can help you save energy and money as you will not be using the air conditioner as frequently.

Even when you do have the aircon on, fans can further enhance the cooling effect and reduce demand on the air conditioner. This leads to further energy savings and comfort.

Get advice from a specialists

It is not the same to cool down a small place vs a large place or design an air conditioner system for a room vs a whole house with several rooms. There are many other factors that effects which size of air conditioner you need to have greater energy-efficiency. For this reason, it is better to get advice from a specialist.

Remember that being more efficient does not mean giving up a degree of well-being and quality of life. It is simply a matter of adopting a series of responsible habits, measures, and investments at a technological and decision-making level.