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How to Optimise Your Air Conditioning Units for Energy Savings

Graphene Manufacturing Group outlines strategies for optimising your air conditioning units to make them more energy efficient.

For many businesses, the cost of running air conditioning is a major expense, especially in the hot summer months. In fact, power bills for cooling and heating in Australia were predicted to exceed $12.4 billion in 2023. Because of the costs related to these systems, you may be searching for ways to make cooling your business more energy efficient. In this blog, we outline five strategies for encouraging energy savings with your air conditioning units.

Regular Maintenance
Regular maintenance and cleaning are effective ways to ensure that your air conditioning units are working efficiently. Dirty filters restrict airflow, making your units work harder, so you should clean or replace these semi-regularly. You should also clean any accumulated dirt on the unit’s condenser coils to help them maintain optimal heat exchange efficiency.

Scheduling a maintenance inspection can also help you pinpoint and rectify issues affecting the efficiency of your system. The Australian Government’s energy.gov.au recommends scheduling a regular service inspection before peak use (for example, in late spring).

Optimise Your Temperature Settings
Adjusting the temperature you set your units to can help reduce your energy costs. Energy.gov.au recommends maintaining a temperature between 25°C to 27°C and using a timer to maximise your energy savings. Consistently optimising temperature settings not only conserves energy but also extends the lifespan of your air conditioning units, as they will operate less frequently and experience less wear and tear.

Enhance Airflow
When possible, it is an energy saving option to use ceiling fans rather than air conditioning. Furthermore, proper ventilation can go a long way in helping your business stay cool. Keeping vents and registers clear of obstruction can help with this, as well as turning your air conditioning units and simply opening your windows and doors on cooler days.

Reduce Heat Gain
Making some changes to avoid heat gain indoors can also help your air conditioners run more efficiently and encourage energy savings. You can use curtains and blinds to block out sunlight during the hottest parts of the day to reduce the heat entering your business. Ensuring that the seals of your windows and doors are intact and not allowing air leaks can also help to contain cold air. On a larger scale, installing insulation is another long-term option for significantly reducing the load of your air conditioner.

Invest in a Graphene Coating like THERMAL-XR®
Another incredibly effective option for improving the efficiency of your air conditioning units is to invest in an HVAC coating application. Graphene coatings in particular, however, allow for superior heat transfer thanks to the high thermal conductivity of graphene. This results in energy savings as it helps HVAC systems to achieve desired temperatures more efficiently, enhancing their overall performance. THERMAL-XR®, powered by GMG Graphene, is an effective option, as it coats and protects heat exchange surfaces, effectively reducing energy consumption and extending the life of air conditioning units.

If you’re interested in the energy savings that THERMAL-XR® can provide, contact us about this product today.