It’s nearly that glorious time of year when Kiwis toss our hot water bottles aside and start enjoying swims, sunshine and BBQs. With summer just around the corner in NZ, now’s the perfect time to get your air conditioner ready. By paying some attention to your A/C unit now, you’ll have a cool, healthy, comfortable house all summer long.
Here’s some tips from BOP Heat Pumps on getting your air conditioning unit geared up for summer. If you need to schedule a maintenance visit or want to install a Mitsubishi heat pump in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa or the wider Bay of Plenty, give us a call at 021 586 272.
Clean the Unit and Filters
Heat pumps should be cleaned regularly to let the unit work efficiently and give it the longest possible life. The transition from warming up to cooling down is a great time of year to clean the filter of any dirt, dust and debris that has built up over winter, when the heat pump was working pretty hard to keep you warm.
While you’re at it, give the front panel, heat exchanger and air conditioner fan a tidy. Mitsubishi Electric’s Quick Clean Kit is an excellent way to safely and efficiently clean your A/C so it can pump out cool, clean air and keep your summer electricity bills to a minimum.
Inspect the Exterior Unit
When you’re outside doing a spring cleanup of the garden, take a moment to check your heat pump’s exterior unit. Clean any mud, dirt or fallen leaves that have built up on the unit and make sure overgrown tree roots, hedges or plants aren’t encroaching on the air conditioner’s space. You want to clear about a metre of space around the unit for it to efficiently draw fresh, cool air inside and send old, warm air out.
Prevention is better than cure, which is why the team at Bay of Plenty Heat Pumps recommends you schedule a regular maintenance inspection once a year. Our technicians will inspect the fluid levels of your air conditioning unit, check its motor and examine the electrical connections to make sure you have a safe, healthy unit that will keep you cool during New Zealand’s warmer months.
Set the Right Temperature
It’s tempting to blast cold air as soon as summer hits, but the best way to use a heat pump is moderately. In summer, start by setting the air conditioning unit’s temperature to 21 or 22 degrees Celsius and wait for it to cool the room; if that’s still too warm, go down another degree. Setting it lower will overwork the air conditioner, but it won’t cool you down any quicker.
Haven’t got an Air Conditioning System?
If you’re starting to feel the heat, now is the perfect time to install a new Mitsubishi air conditioning system. Give the team at Bay of Plenty Heat Pumps a call and we’ll get you sorted for a cool, comfy, healthy house in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui or Papamoa before the summer heat hits.