And other ways to increase the efficiency of your commercial air conditioning unit
Air conditioning is an integral part of any business when things get hot. Yours is no exception to this. No matter the type of operation you’re running, having a cool place to work leads to better performance and happier employees. Still, the cost of running the air con continuously can add up.
Read our five tips for increasing your AC unit efficiency this summer to keep your cool without cutting into profits – this includes booking an air conditioning service.
1. Close things up
If you’re not using the air conditioner, opening up a few windows is a great way to stay cool. If you are, though, that’s just wasting money. Before switching on the AC, make sure all the doors and windows are closed. Additionally, do some checks to see if there are any breaks or gaps that might open your office or shop up to the outside. Not only will this keep you from wasting money, it’s also helpful in keeping out pests.
2. Shut the blinds
Even with your windows closed, sunlight is still passing through the glass and heating things up. The heat through the blinds disperses throughout the area and heats the rest of the building. Shutting the blinds blocks out much of this light which can raise the temperature by up to 30% during the day. While you might have to sacrifice your views, it’s a worthy compromise if you’re trying to save money.
3. Set a timer
Many thermostats have a timer setting to automatically turn off the air conditioner after a certain amount of time or when a certain ambient temperature is reached. This sidesteps the costs of running the air con unit continuously by shutting it off after it has done its job, then turning it back on again if it’s needed. When combined with something like a smart meter, it’s incredibly easy to manage your energy usage and business temperature all at once, leading to less wasted money and a happier workplace.
4. Reduce hot objects
There are many objects, primarily electronic equipment, that generate a staggering amount of heat when they run. While you can’t rightly be expected to unplug the refrigerator just to be a little cooler, providing better insulation for gadgets like computers so that they run cooler helps everyone. Not only does this reduce the strain on the items themselves given how overheating can damage components of many devices, you’re putting less heat into the environment and making it easier for the AC unit to cool things down. Additionally, unplugging things like lamps or televisions when not in use also helps to keep that business electricity bill low.
5. Get your air con serviced
Many ways of keeping cool involve an indirect relationship with your air conditioner. While these are effective in their own way, it won’t matter much if the air con itself isn’t working properly. Simple checks like looking for leaks or listening to strange noises when turned on are as good as clearing vents to ensure there are no blockages, but a full air conditioning service, carried out by professionals really helps to illuminate issues you might not even notice.
The latest AC models are extremely energy efficient so can reduce energy costs versus older systems as they have a higher SEER rating. A service is also needed to ensure that your air con unit remains compliant with F Gas Regulations. Our engineers are F Gas certified, and our air con service will keep your air con units clean, hygienic, and compliant.
These five tips are an excellent way to ensure your air conditioner can run as efficiently as possible during the summer months.
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