I think we’re all well aware that our summer hasn’t quite arrived here in New Zealand. But, although it’s been pretty wet and miserable, the days have still been warm. And muggy!

We also need to remember we’re only halfway through summer so far and there are bound to be some 30+ deg days still. Yes, an air conditioning unit is one of the best ways to cool your house down over the summer. But, with that comes increased power usage and the dreaded increase in power cost!

Follow our tips below to help ensure you’re using your unit efficiently to keep your home cool over the next few months.

Make sure you pick the right air con unit for your home

Knowing which air conditioning unit is right for your home can be confusing. But choosing the right one is key to ensuring optimum comfort in your home or workspace. As every space is different and unique to the owner, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach simply won’t work.

You can take the guesswork out of the process by using our heat pump calculator. Enter some basic details about your space to see the units we’d recommend – it’s that simple! Alternatively, with our in-home consultations, we can come to you and talk you through your options.

Keep your unit maintained throughout the year

You’ve likely heard it time and time again already. Maintaining your unit will help your unit run efficiently, leading to big savings on your power bills over time. It also extends the lifetime of your unit, keeping your home comfortable for many years to come.

Ideally, you should have a service on your unit completed annually. However, there are some tell-tale signs your unit may need a service, such as:

  • Increased power bills
  • Strange smells or noises coming from the unit (both internal and external)
  • Not working as well as it usually does

Take advantage of our heat pump service package today – give us a call on 09 827 4784 to secure your spot.

3. Reduce internal heat wherever possible

Something that a lot of people forget or don’t realise is the amount of heat some of our appliances produce, and how this can work against our units.

Cooking on the stove, laptops and other appliances on standby, and even lights on in a room, all produce heat. And, when you’re unit’s working hard to cool your home, this added heat is competition and will see your unit working harder than it needs to.

  • Turn the lights off wherever possible
  • Cook outside on the BBQ when you can
  • Turn any unnecessary appliances off at the wall
Air Con Efficiency - Cook on the BBQ

4. Open your house in the evening/at night

If the evening is going to be cooler, make the most of this and switch your unit off! By opening your house up in the cooler periods of the day, you can welcome the cool air, naturally while giving your unit a break.

5. Close rooms you don’t need to cool

It goes without saying that there’s no point in cooling a room that you’re not going to use. Keep the doors closed to any rooms you don’t need to cool to maximize efficiency and minimise wasted energy.

The same goes for windows and doors. If you have any open, the cool air will be escaping and, again, your unit will be working harder than it needs to. 

Air Con Efficiency - Close Doors

6. Make use of your unit’s timers

Most units come with built-in timers that, when used properly, can really make an impact.

Mitsubishi Electric’s advanced infrared technology lets you programme your air con unit up to four times within a 24-hour period, for up to seven days. This allows you to programme your air-con around the clock, having different settings throughout the day. For example, you can have your unit switch on in the late morning to beat the heat, and automatically turn off in the evening, whatever you and your family require.

This means you can regulate your energy usage, rather than switching it on and off throughout the day.

Air Con Efficiency - Happy Home

When it comes to keeping your home or workplace cool – the range of Mitsubishi products has something for everyone. If you’re unsure what you need, try using our heat pump calculator or get in touch today to organise a free, in-home consultation today.