Hey! Matt & Pat here.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and in case we haven’t told you recently, we love you! To prove it, we’re giving a Valentine’s Day chocolate hamper to the first 5 customers who book us for work this month.
There are more details below plus some tips to help you stay cool while avoiding those scary air conditioning power bills. Haven’t we had some scorchers this summer?
Matt Cox & Pat Dobbs
Sharing the love
We seldom have a chance to thank our customers for their ongoing loyalty to the Ku-ring-gai Electrical team. But the trust you place in our skills means the world to us.
With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, we’d like to share the love by giving the first 5 customers a deliciously decadent chocolate hamper when they make a February booking with us.
Don’t forget, you need to mention the chocolate hamper at the time of making your February booking.
Feeling hot under the collar about your summer power bill?
We’ve had some record breaking temperatures this summer. On the hottest days, if you’re lucky enough to have air conditioning, you won’t care how much it costs to run … until you get your summer power bill.
So here are our top 5 tips to help you manage the heat and your power bills.
Tip 1: Understand your thermostat
Don’t set and forget your air conditioning thermostat at the beginning of summer.
The effectiveness of your air conditioning system is limited by the outside ambient air temperature. As a result, if it’s 40°C outside, you will never achieve an indoor temperature in the low 20s. At best, your air conditioner can only reduce the indoor temperature by 8°C less than the outdoor temperature.
The greater the difference between the outdoor temperature and your thermostat setting, the harder your air conditioner will need to work. That will turbo-charge your power bill without providing more relief from the heat. It will also wear out your air conditioning unit faster.
Instead: Keep an eye on the outside temperatures and set your thermostat to fit within the 8° difference. On any day, just setting your thermostat 1° higher in summer will reduce your energy usage by 5-10%.
Tip 2: Use your solar power – even when no-one’s at home
While it might seem wasteful, if you have solar power, turn your air conditioning on during the day – even if no-one is at home.
You’ll return to a refreshingly cool home using free, solar power during the heat of the day. Once it’s dark and there’s no more solar power, turn off your air conditioner. Your home should remain cool for several hours.
Tip 3 – Look at your options
Don’t automatically turn to your air conditioner for cooling. There are many things you can do before the heat builds up. They include:
- Pulling down blinds and closing curtains to keep the sun and heat out
- Installing awnings or shutters on North or West facing windows
- Overnight or as soon as the cool change comes, open windows to catch the cool breezes – just be mindful of your security by ensuring window locks are in place
- Install ceiling fans in bedrooms and living areas as they provide the cooling breeze you need at a fraction of the price of operating your air conditioning
Tip 4 – Cooling apartments
Depending on your apartment complex, you may have restrictions regarding the installation of air conditioners.
Many buildings are unable to cope with the energy load of multiple air conditioning units. In this situation, the main switchboard would need rewiring. But, providing you obey any by-laws regarding noise etc., you may be able to install a small air conditioning system to cool a single room like a main living area or a bedroom.
Tip 5 – Servicing is important
You may not realise it, but it’s important to regularly clean your air conditioner’s filters. The manufacturer’s manual will provide this information. In addition, it’s important to keep your air con unit in tip top operating condition with an annual service by a qualified technician.
At Ku-ring-gai Electrical Service, we use and recommend Nathan from Compair AC. He’s also a first class installer of new air conditioning systems. Contact Nathan on 0412 211 622 and tell him we sent you.