The Queensland heat has finally arrived here in Brisbane and if you’ve been holding off installing a new air conditioning system, you’re likely feeling it. There might be a variety of reasons as to why you haven’t installed your new air conditioning system yet, most likely to do with increasing energy costs. Staying cool during our Brisbane summer is important so let’s look at why now is the perfect time to install your system without increasing your running costs.

Choose An Efficient Air Conditioning System

When choosing an air conditioning system, there’s more to the equation than simply picking the right brand and model. The efficiency of your cooling system is also a significant factor in how much you’ll be paying for energy over the long run.

Here are some tips for finding an energy-efficient AC unit:

  • Choose an Energy Star-certified unit while remaining within budget.
  • Match your new cooling system with your home size and climate needs. A smaller system will suffice if you live alone in a small apartment, but if you’re looking for a more cost-effective option that can cool multiple rooms without breaking down frequently or running up high electric bills, consider upgrading to a larger model instead.

Technology has also changed. We now have more options for new air conditioning systems than ever before. Air conditioning is much more efficient and we now have management systems that allow you to select the rooms you want to cool and set timers all while managing from your phone. This alone reduces running costs dramatically.

Understand Your Needs

When you’re trying to keep your home cool and your bills down, it’s important to understand how much cooling power you’ll need. Consider the following questions:

  • How large is the area that needs cooling?
  • Do I need to cool my whole house or just a specific room?
  • Are my heating and cooling needs seasonal, or do I need them year-round?

Assessing your needs is important to cost savings. This provides you with the luxury of installing the most efficient air conditioning system while managing your budget.

Offset Your Electricity Bills with Solar

If you have been holding off installing air conditioning as a method of cost savings, solar panels may be a great solution. In terms of timing, the perfect time to install a solar system is now.

With the looming increase in electricity rates along with government rebates, the benefits of installing a solar system are vast.

In the short term, a solar system protects you from power outages due to a lack of supply. If you’re feeling the heat now while running your fans, imagine the scenario of a hot summer day with no power at all. That is something to sweat about. Now imagine the scenario where you are running your efficient air conditioning system on a hot summer day while the sun is picking up the tab.

With the steady increase in electricity costs, the long-term benefits of solar certainly hit the bank account. Reducing your costs by at least 30% if not zeroing your bills altogether is something to cheer about. The upfront costs of a solar system have become increasingly affordable with government rebates, a lower price of the product and flexible payment options.

In addition to cost savings, installing a solar system at the same time as your air conditioning system is environmentally friendly and a sustainable way of reducing your carbon footprint. Everybody is a winner.

If you’re looking to stay cool this summer while reducing your running costs- give us a call to discuss your options.