DACS Air-Conditioning

Expert Tips

Match the perfect split system air-conditioning to your room

If your split system air conditioner isn’t performing as you’d like – it might be that it’s the wrong size for your needs. Here are 5 things to consider when choosing the perfect split system air conditioner for your home.

You need to purchase and air conditioner which has the capacity to match the size of your room If the air conditioner is too powerful, the room will get too hot or too cold and increase your running costs. If it isn’t powerful enough, it will have to work too hard to maintain the required temperature and suffer excessive wear and tear.

To make sure you don’t make an expensive mistake, it’s best to consult an air-conditioning professional for expert advice.

A proper calculation by an air conditioning expert will take all the room’s details into account.

  • The size of the room:length, width and height.
  • The type of room: living room, open-plan living room and kitchen, bedroom, etc.
  • The size and orientation of the windows and glass doors. A large west-facing window can let in a lot of heat in summer.
  • Shading and curtains on the windows.
  • Insulation of the floor, ceiling, and walls.

It’s always tempting to go with a cheaper option, but appropriately sized, higher quality systems tend to be more efficient, making them more likely to pay for themselves over time.

Get ready for summer now

Our summers are getting longer and so is our reliance on reliable air conditioning. So, the best time to get your air-conditioner serviced is when you won't need it so much. Winter is a great time to do this and make sure it is working efficiently. When the hot temperatures arrive, air conditioning businesses get really busy so you may have a hot and uncomfortable wait.

Regular servicing is not just for cars

Air conditioners, like any other mechanical equipment, require regular maintenance and proper care. So, you should treat your air conditioner like your car, and have it serviced on a regular basis.

Whether you have split system or ducted air conditioning, the benefits of regular, servicing by a qualified and licensed professional are the same. It will mean it’s less likely to break down when you need it the most.

The 3 main benefits of having your air conditioner serviced on a regular basis:

To save money

  • An air conditioner’s filters and coils need regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently.
  • Neglecting necessary maintenance will result in a steady decline of air conditioning performance and a steady increase of your energy bills.
  • You will save money of the cost of repairs when your system eventually breaks down (which it will if you don’t have it serviced!).

To protect your health

  • Without proper maintenance, your system can become dirty and unhealthy from a build-up of mould and bacteria, which you don’t want circulated around your home.
  • This is especially important if you have a family member that suffers from asthma or allergies.

To make your air conditioner last longer

  • Having your air conditioner professionally serviced on a regular basis can extend the overall life of your system.
  • Air conditioners should last for 10+ years before needing a replacement.
  • Your system will only last this long if you look after it properly with regular servicing.

Air con silence is golden

Air conditioners are supposed to run quietly so if you hear a rattling or clicking sound, it’s an indication that something may be wrong. The cause of the noise could be anything, from loosened parts to a broken compressor, so have it inspected by a registered air conditioning expert as soon as possible. An annual air con service will also help to keep it in tip-top condition.

Saving by degrees

Although our summers are getting hotter and longer, there are ways to save on your power bill. As a guide, your air-conditioning thermostat should be set somewhere between 22 and 24 degrees Celsius. Every degree of cooling you can do without means a saving on your electricity bill, so avoid setting it too cold in summer time.

Keep it clean

Your air conditioning filter is there to make sure your air conditioner operates efficiently and stays healthy. Old, dirty and clogged filters harm your system's performance and negatively impact air quality. Make sure they are cleaned or replaced regularly.

Smelly air

The air coming from your air conditioner should not smell, so if you detect an odour, there’s something wrong. It could be a number of things causing it, from a technical fault to mould. The best thing to do is contact your local air conditioning professional who can diagnose the fault and then fix it.

A load of hot air 

If your air conditioner is blowing out warm air, first check that it is set to ‘cool’ mode! If your setting is correct, try re-setting the unit at the mains power (via the circuit breaker or isolation switch) and leave it for 10-15 minutes before switching everything back on. If this doesn’t work, your unit could be short of gas or the evaporator coil could be dirty. It could also be a sensor giving a false reading. All these problems will prevent your system from cooling effectively and you’ll need an air-conditioning specialist to diagnose and fix the fault.