If you prefer to use air conditioning during the warmer months, our electrical contractors recommend setting the temperature at least one degree warmer than you normally would.
Brisbane is known for its long summers and high temperatures. We are always finding ways to keep cool, and while the immediate reaction is to keep the air conditioning running 24/7, this is not the most cost-effective solution. Our electrical contractors have some great tips for staying cool in Brisbane while keeping your energy bills low.
If you prefer to use air conditioning during the warmer months, our electrical contractors recommend setting the temperature at least one degree warmer than you normally would. The optimum temperature for air conditioning in Brisbane is 24 – 25 degrees and these temperatures can cut costs quite significantly. To further reduce your energy bill, making use of the built-in timers can also help. Rather than running the air conditioning all day and night, set a timer for 2 hours. That way, you’ll cool down the room and won’t have to worry about remembering to switch the air conditioning off.
Ceiling fans are a great alternative to air conditioning. They are eco-friendly and can reduce your energy costs by up to 40%. While a ceiling fan does not necessarily lower the room temperature, it can make a room feel up to five degrees cooler by providing air circulation.
To boost the cooling effect in your home, try running your ceiling fan and air conditioning at the same time. Not only will you save money, but you will keep the fresh, cool air circulating the room. Make sure to run your air conditioning unit at a slightly higher temperature than usual. This reduces the energy consumed whilst maintaining the same level of comfort if you had your air conditioning unit running at a cooler temperature.
Our electrical contractors in Brisbane can either install a new ceiling fan, or replace an existing fan or ceiling light with a fan.
Many people might overlook the need to regularly maintain their air conditioning unit, but trust us, it can help you reduce your energy usage and costs by up to 40%. Dirty and clogged filters can disrupt normal airflow, causing the system to work harder and in turn, decrease its efficiency. A well maintained air conditioning unit is key to reducing costs and keeping all occupants happy and cool. You can speak to our team about air conditioning servicing.
When you do have your AC unit running, especially during the day, it is best to keep your home free of any strong sunlight. Drawing your blinds, curtains or shutters will help keep the hot air out and the cool air in. Your air conditioning unit won’t have to work as hard, and guess what, you’ll see a reduced energy bill!
Consider to switch to LED lighting, as LED’s are much cooler as they produce less heat. Even your choice of light bulbs can make a huge difference to the heat in a room. Making the switch from halogen bulbs to LED lights can lower the temperature of a room and reduce energy costs. They use roughly 75% less energy than halogen light bulbs and last 5-10 times longer. It might seem like a small change, but our electrical contractors say it is worth considering, especially in the Brisbane heat!
As you can see, our electrical contractors’ tips for keeping cool still allow you to use your air conditioning! It’s all about being mindful and making sure you use the right settings and temperatures and making your home as summer-friendly as possible. Get in touch if you would like our team to help you with the installation of ceiling fans or maintenance of your air conditioning system.