Global warming is bringing a constant increase in temperature, as well as extended spells of scorching, dry weather.
This affects not only the wildlife, but also the most urban parts of the planet. Consequently, the demand for air-conditioning systems has been on the constant rise and the requirements have been increasingly demanding. The reasons for this is the well-known link between indoor air quality and our health and our wish to be as environment-friendly as possible by using as little energy as possible.
As the technology involved continues to develop, so have various ways for the healthiest and most efficient use of these devices.
These tips and tricks that should help you and your family enjoy better quality air.
Make sure you use it only when necessary
If your windows provide no or little protection from sunlight, it’s going to take much more time, power and resources to cool down the temperature.
Install proper shades, shutters or thermal backed curtains and keep all your windows and doors closed during the hottest period of the day. This should help your AC reach the optimal temperature more easily and efficiently.
Also, you need to inspect the insulation of your windows and doors and possibly consider weather stripping to prevent air leaks and further improve the efficiency of your air-conditioner. You should also check to see whether or not you have insulation in your roof – being such a huge part of your home, this can trap the heat from the day long into the evening making it very difficult to cool your home.
Selection is the key
Many people feel overwhelmed by the choices available today. The ranges are wide, both in terms of price and functionality, and it’s vital you make an informed decision when buying a unit.
The first selection criterion is your need, i.e. the capacity of the room. Getting a device which is either too weak or too strong for the amount of air it’s supposed to cool is equally bad.
Next, you need to think about energy consumption. A system such as Energy Star should help you choose your new unit, but it’s also good to consult an expert on this matter.
Finally, often overlooked, but possibly the most important element, is the impact on the health of those spending time in the room. You don’t want your family, especially children to be exposed to poor indoor air quality, since it’s been proven to cause various health problems. The quality of filters and cooling agents is another subject you should raise with an expert and/or shop assistant.
Indoor air quality
Most AC systems just recirculate the indoor air, thus improving energy-efficiency, but also making the air a bit stale. Such air has a very negative effect on the respiratory system and with the number of children suffering from pulmonary diseases and allergies, this is a matter that should be taken seriously.
To prevent unwanted side-effects, we need to air the house out regularly throughout the day, especially right before and after sleep. On the other hand, those allergic to various types of pollen should be aware that early mornings are the times of the day when the pollen count is the highest.
Another important issue, since it’s only with regular and proper maintenance that the devices run efficiently. The entire systems needs to be cleaned regularly, not just the filters,we learn from Sydney-based specialists for aircon repairs.
It is also worth noting that no repair work should be delayed, since we need to have a perfectly functional unit to enjoy all the benefits. From cleaning and replacing air filters, to regular inspections of the whole system, no step should be missed.
As it turns out, ACs are irreplaceable devices at offices and homes, which means we have to make sure that they operate properly in order to maximise energy efficiency and prevent health issues among our loved ones.
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