The 2013/14 summer is drawing to a close, and it’s been a real scorcher. In the last two months, cities around the country have seen temperatures go into the 40s more times than they’d care to count. This weather is persisting around the country in a heatwave we haven’t seen the likes of for many years. We’re a resilient bunch, but clearly for life in the ‘sunburnt country’, a good air-conditioner is absolutely essential for the home.
That’s especially true, if as has been suggested could happen, these high temperatures do stick around through the Easter period. But air-con can get pricey when the power bills start rolling in, so we’ve put together some of the most important things to keep in mind when cooling your home.
Have the right features
Many older air conditioner models installed in homes don’t run as efficiently as newer models do. As air conditioning has become a standard, not a luxury, appliance-makers have been able to develop smarter technologies that don’t pose such a strain on the electrical grid. These economy or energy saving modes can make a big difference to power consumption, so it may be worth updating your AC model to one with greater functionality.
For a simpler approach, Fujitsu has its Designer range of air conditioners, which can actually detect human movement in a room, and adjust power use accordingly. So, when you’re out of the room for more than 20 minutes at a time, cooling power is slowed, and then it starts back up when you re-enter.
Once the heat is over…
Does the tail-end of summer seem like an odd time to install an air-conditioner? On one hand it does, but on the other, you have inverter systems! Once the hot weather finally breaks and the winter chill sets in, it’s nice to have an inverter system already set up that can heat the home as well as cool it.
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