Are you enjoying this warm spring weather? The team at Bay of Plenty Heat Pumps sure is! But when the temperature jumps from cold to hot in a flash, it can be hard to keep up. If you’re finding yourself sweating and it’s only October, following our air conditioning tips will help you stay cool and comfortable this spring.
Get an annual service
Now’s a good time to check your air conditioning unit and make sure it is in tip top shape for the warmer months ahead. There are some things you can do yourself – like clean the filters – but booking in a yearly service is important for ongoing performance and maintenance. An inspector will check electrical terminals and airflow, look out for any leaks and make sure your thermostat is working properly.
Set the right temperature
While it’s tempting to blast that cold air, your air conditioning unit works far more effectively when you choose a mild temperature and stick with it. Instead of working overtime, a stable temperature between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius will keep your home cool and your power bills down.
Keep your thermostat cool
Just as you want to stay cool, so does your thermostat. Don’t place any heat-emitting appliances – like lamps or televisions – near your thermostat and choose a location where the sun won’t beam down on it. This way, your air conditioner can read the temperature of the house more accurately and won’t run longer than it needs to.
Make the most of extra features
Extra features like timers or WIFI controls let you switch the cool air on before you get home, turning your home into a retreat from the heat right before you walk in the door. These modern features are a great way to keep your house comfy without wasting electricity.
Decide between the air conditioner and the breeze
Having the air conditioning unit running while doors and windows are open is a big no-no! For those milder or windy spring days, if you’d prefer a cross breeze to cool your house, go for it – just don’t use the air conditioner at the same time.
Keep the bathroom door shut
Heat and humidity make your air conditioner work harder, so keep the bathroom door shut, especially after a bath or shower.
Haven’t got an air conditioner to keep you cool this spring?
If you’re looking to get one installed in Tauranga or the Bay of Plenty, get in touch with the air conditioning specialists at Bay of Plenty Heat Pumps today – 021 586 272.