Peter Stannard

Expert Tips

Air-con efficiency

How you run your air conditioner can be just as important as its size and energy rating. Keep it on when you are home and don't make constant adjustments. Turn it off to give it a rest when you're out and clean the filters regularly. This way your air conditioner is more likely to work efficiently.

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.

Find your perfect match

If you want to cool a room efficiently, it’s important that you choose an air-conditioner which is the correct size for your space. There are a few things to take into consideration such as ceiling height, whether your home is insulated and which way your home is facing. If you choose a unit that’s too big, it will use more energy than is necessary. If the unit is too small, it won’t cool the room sufficiently. It’s best to consult an air-conditioning professional for expert advice.

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.