It is not necessary to spend a lot of money to be comfortable in sub-tropical Queensland while minimising energy use. Before turning to your trusty air conditioner, focus on the climate-friendly elements already in your home to ensure it won’t have to work as hard – ensuring the longevity of your air conditioning system for many months to come. You can be comfortable while saving money on your energy expenses with proper design and attentive management.
Fans & Air Circulation
Set up pedestal fans where ceiling fans don’t reach and place furniture to take advantage of their impact. Consider lowering fans on droppers if you have high ceilings to prevent pulling heated air from the ceiling down into the room.
You may also boost the efficiency of your air conditioner by using fans. When both are turned on, the air conditioner can operate more efficiently at a greater temperature for a shorter period of time. Look around for the most efficient and effective fans—noise levels and performance differ.
Set up a cool zone
The more room you need to chill, the more energy you’ll spend. If you need to use the air conditioner, make sure you just chill the room you’re in and close the doors to neighbouring rooms.
Set your thermostat to 25°C to 27°C and turn on ceiling fans if you have them. Dehumidifiers are available on some air conditioners. In humid regions such as Far North Queensland, this will consume less energy while still providing a comfortable interior atmosphere, especially when combined with a fan.
If at all feasible, schedule activities and physical activities during the cooler hours of the day. To get away from the heat of the day, plan excursions to the supermarket or other air-conditioned locations. This can play a part in reducing your overall energy consumption over summer, along with keeping you out of the heat.
If you’re still feeling the heat, you’ll need to resort to your trusty air conditioning unit; if your system isn’t cutting it or just needs some maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team immediately.