Some climates require air conditioning to make living easier and, in some cases, safe. It’s imperative that your AC unit is kept in good condition and is set properly to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home.

To maximise your air conditioner’s performance, read on to discover our summer air conditioning tips!

Get An Early Start
It’s logical to think that you should only run your air conditioner during the hottest parts of the day, but that’s not the best way to keep your home cool or the most cost-efficient strategy.

The best way to keep your home cool throughout the day is to turn your AC on in the morning and let it run. While it’s true that it’s the coolest part of the day, your home is at its lowest temperature, and you may not feel the need to run the AC, however, it has been shown to be more effective.

First, if you wait until your home is as hot inside as it is outside, your air conditioner will have to work much harder to try to keep up. This will put more strain on the unit and it’s essentially just the equivalent of fighting an uphill battle.

Second, your AC’s inverter technology will control the unit based on your set point temperature. Inverter technology is just a fancy way of saying that the temperature inside the house will control the motor speed without the need to turn the unit on and off manually. While it maintains a consistent temperature inside your home, it will cycle accordingly. When the house has reached the setpoint temperature, the unit will shut itself off. When the temperature rises above the setpoint temperature, the AC will start up to cool the house back down to the desired temperature. In the long run, the AC will not need to run continuously which will save energy and wear and tear on the AC unit.

Select the Correct Room Set Point Temperature
The setpoint temperature refers to the internal temperature setting of the AC unit itself, which can be manually adjusted by the owner as needed. Your AC unit will work optimally when the setpoint temperature is close to the outside temperature. The recommended setting is 22 to 24 degrees Celsius using a medium or high fan setting. This will effectively keep your home cool in temperatures that range up to 36 degrees Celsius.

Choose the Best Fan Speed
Another one of our summer air conditioning tips is to use the high-speed fan setting especially during the day. When the outside temperature cools, you could save the AC unit some work by lowering the fan speed. If you are using a zoned AC system, you could also limit the number of zones that are being cooled during the night in addition to lowering the fan speed.

Control the Zones
A zoned air conditioning system allows you to control the temperature of each room individually, but if you are trying to keep all the rooms cool simultaneously in high temperatures, the performance of your AC will suffer. This is due in part to the inefficiency of cooling rooms that aren’t needed and to the limitations placed on the AC units by the manufacturers. Most AC units have a temperature capacity that is set at 36 degrees Celsius. Higher temperatures will put more stress on your AC unit as a general rule, but there is nothing that can be done about the manufacturers’ settings.

The best way to manage zones is to use the day/night principle. Every morning, turn on the zones you will use most in the daytime, such as the kitchen and living areas. In the evening, turn off the daytime zones and activate the areas used at night like the bedrooms. This will keep your AC functioning where and when you need it the most.

Maintain Air Flow
You can keep cool air flowing throughout your home by leaving the doors to rooms that are being cooled ajar so that the air can circulate. Conversely, keep the doors to rooms that aren’t being cooled closed to prevent warm air from making your AC unit work harder.

Understand the Settings
Your AC unit should have settings called heating, cooling, and auto mode. Using the auto mode is less efficient because it can switch between heating and cooling even though you might not need or want it to do so. It’s best to use the cooling mode when you want to cool your house and the heating mode when you want to warm your home.

If your unit has a dry mode, you can use it to dehumidify rooms that are being cooled. You can set the dry mode to operate even if a room isn’t being cooled or heated so that moisture can still be removed. This is especially beneficial in areas of high humidity.

The fan mode will circulate air without the use of heating, cooling, or dehumidifying. This mode might be used at night when the inside temperature is comfortable but air circulation is desired.

Conduct Proper Cleaning and Maintenance
Regardless of the type of AC unit you are using, it will have some type of air filter. Dust and other particles from the air collect inside the filters and keep them from circulating air properly. If your unit uses washable filters, they should be washed every 6 to 12 months. Disposable filters should also be replaced every 6 to 12 months. If your filter is damaged or if you are having any other issues regarding your AC unit, it’s best to call a qualified expert for service. A regular maintenance routine will also keep your AC unit operating in top condition.

Whether you are looking to add an AC unit to your home, make repairs, or set up a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule, the professionals at Southside Air Conditioning are here to help.

Call today to find out more and don’t forget to follow our summer air conditioning tips!