Uncool Mysteries | 3 Ways You Are Taking The 'Cool' Right Out Of Your Window Air Conditioner

Australian summers between November and March (the wet season) are scorchers with temperatures ranging from 30 to 50 degrees Celsius. At these temperatures, you'll likely turn on your AC throughout the day. But you may end up feeling cheated when it doesn't cool the room efficiently. While it's easy to blame the problem on a malfunction, the truth is that you may have taken the 'cool' right out of your AC with some poor choices. Uncover the mystery and rectify these mistakes to 'chill' out with your AC.

You Place The Unit On A North, East Or West Facing Wall

Keep in mind that east-facing walls directly encounter the morning sun, while west-facing walls are confronted with the afternoon sun. North-facing walls in Australia receive twice the amount of sun in winter than west or east facing walls. Placing your window AC on any of these walls will compel it to work harder and will influence its power to cool down the room because of the direct force of harsh sunrays. On the other hand, south-facing walls don't receive much sunlight as the others, making them a good choice for housing energy-efficient window air conditioners. If you don't have a south-facing wall, use a metal top covering to protect the outdoor part of the cooling unit from extreme sunlight.

You Fail To Run The AC For A Few Minutes In Winter

This may sound strange, but the fact is that an AC needs to run to remain efficient, just like an engine needs oil. Many homeowners shut the AC off completely during winters and literally forget its existence. When the unit remains untouched for extended periods, mildew and debris clog up the interiors, so running it regularly will ensure that these problems don't occur. You don't need to leave the unit running throughout the day. Just leave it on for a few minutes to protect it from corrosion during winters.

You Fail To Seal Your Room Properly

Many homeowners don't realise that existing air pockets around their doors and windows are causing cool air to escape from the AC-fitted room. Air leakage is responsible for winter heat loss of 15 to 20 percent in buildings and also contributes to substantial cooling loss from AC's. If the room is not sealed properly, your AC will strive harder to cool the room thanks to leaking air. To prevent this from happening, make sure your seal door and window air pockets with silicone sealants available at home upgrading or retail stores.

These mistakes are not plainly obvious; so many homeowners overlook them as possible problems for ACs. Find ways to remedy the problem to make your AC efficient again.

About Me

Staying Warm and Keeping Cool: An HVAC Blog

Whether you are trying to stay warm or keep cool, a lot of the same elements are involved. For example, you need a well-insulated home and a functioning HVAC system. This blog is going to contain numerous posts about both heating and cooling. I plan to write about troubleshooting your HVAC system as well as about supporting it with the right windows, fans or other elements. I may also write shopping tips and guides on when to call for professional help. Before you start reading, let me introduce myself. My name is Ken. I was born in Winnipeg, Canada, where weather fluctuations are a fact of life, and a sturdy HVAC system is essential. While I was spending a gap year in England, I met my wife, Ariella, an Australian, and we've been living in Oz ever since. This is my first blog, and I hope you like it.