Air Conditioning In Winter: How To Use Ducted Air Conditioning Efficiently!

Phill Crawley

Smarter Air & Electrical

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Air Conditioning In Winter

As winter approaches, now is the perfect time to master the efficient use of ducted air conditioning to manage running costs effectively. Shorter days and colder weather often mean increased time spent indoors, which can result in soaring energy bills.

However, enjoying a warm and cozy home shouldn’t break the bank. In this guide, we’ll explore eight actionable energy-saving tips to help you optimize your ducted heating system for minimal energy consumption and maximum comfort.

Air conditioning in winter

Tip #1: Optimize Temperature Settings

The key to slashing your energy bills starts with fine-tuning your air conditioning settings. If you’re a homeowner in sunny Queensland, our recommendation is to aim for 24°C for cooling during those scorching summer days and a comfy 20°C for heating when winter rolls around. Tweaking your temperature settings even slightly can make a big difference in energy usage, leading to noticeable savings on your power bills! Now, if your roof is decked out with solar panels, you’re in for a treat. You can comfortably run lower temperatures on sunny days, knowing your solar panels are offsetting the operational costs of your air conditioner. Just a heads-up, though: if you don’t have a battery system, make sure to adjust the temperature back up at night when your solar setup isn’t generating electricity.

Smart Ducted Air Conditioner

Tip #2: Make the Most of Built-in Timer Functions

Air conditioning is a real lifesaver in summer ensuring we always have a comfortable indoor environment, particularly when all you need is a good night’s sleep. However, running it continuously through the night can be a quick way to drive -up your energy bills. This is where the built-in timer or scheduling functions come in handy. These features are standard in most modern air conditioning units, such as those from Mitsubishi Electric. A savvy approach is to check overnight temperature forecasts from a reliable weather source such as Weatherzone to work out  the most suitable time for your air conditioning to automatically switch off in the evening. Once the system is off, simply open your windows to let in some fresh air.

For those looking to further enhance their home’s efficiency, consider incorporating smart home products & sensors like Shelly for added functionalities. Automation platforms like IFTTT or Zapier can be particularly useful. For example, in summer, you could set up an IFTTT recipe to turn off the air conditioner when the outdoor temperature is lower than the indoor temperature then for that extra touch of user-friendliness, you can set your Google Home to play a melody, serving as a geeky reminder to open up your windows for natural ventilation.

Tip #3: Invest in Quality Insulation and Sealing

Wondering why your energy bills are through the roof? One likely culprit is poor insulation and sealing. Inadequate ceiling insulation allows hot air trapped in the roof cavity to transfer through the plasterboard and into your home, making your AC unit work harder and increasing your energy bills.

“It’s almost daily I’m in a customer’s home to provide a quote on ducted air conditioning, and when I come out of the roof space, more often than not the client is completely unaware that they have no ceiling insulation. So we always start with that. Adding high-quality ceiling insulation such as Knauf Earthwool is a no-brainer investment in your home and comfort. Aim for R3.5 or higher!” – Phill, Smarter Air & Electrical

Sealing is insulation’s trusty companion. Small cracks around windows and doors can significantly impact your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. Periodically check these areas and seal any gaps with weather stripping or caulk.

To put it simply, good insulation and sealing will not only reduce your energy costs but also make your home more comfortable year-round. It’s a smart investment for any modern home aiming for maximum efficiency.

Ceiling Insulation

Tip #4: Regular Maintenance is Key

Over time, dust and debris can accumulate in your air conditioner, affecting its efficiency and potentially posing health risks. To maintain optimal performance, clean your filter every month and schedule professional air conditioning maintenance or annual service. At Smarter Air & Electrical, we offer high-quality repair and maintenance services at affordable prices.

Service Costs

Tip #5: Choose Energy-Efficient Models

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, pay attention to the blue and red energy rating stars. These ratings indicate the unit’s efficiency in both cooling and heating, and even minor improvements can lead to significant long-term savings.

Tip #6: Consider a Ducted System

For larger homes requiring climate control in multiple rooms, a ducted air conditioning system is often the most energy-efficient option. Many ducted systems allow you to add smart thermostats like MyAir or Airtouch, which offer smartphone controls and advanced temperature-sensing technology.

Tip #7: Implement Window Treatments

Adding curtains, blinds, or drapes to your windows can further insulate your home and reduce energy consumption. These window treatments block direct sunlight, keeping your home cooler during the day, and offer the added bonus of enhancing your interior décor.

Tip #8: Seal Your Doors and Install Weatherstripping

A straightforward way to minimize energy loss is by keeping doors closed, especially when the air conditioner is running. Installing weatherstripping around your doors can offer extra savings by preventing drafts and heat leakage.

Get a Quote for Winter Air Conditioning

Smarter Air & Electrical is your go-to for professional split system and ducted air conditioning installations. We offer competitive quotes, quality workmanship, and excellent customer service. For personalized advice or a quote on quality air conditioning on the Gold Coast, contact our friendly team today at 1300 476 421 or Contact Us Today.

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