The Advantages Of Split Air Conditioners
Unlike centralized air conditioning which uses ductwork, split air conditioners are comprised of an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor unit containing an evaporator and fan. These two units are connected with electrical wiring and tubing and the indoor unit has a drainage pipe for water to flow down. With no ductwork to waste or leak cool air, split air conditioners have good energy efficiency. You can even buy multi split units that have a large outdoor compressor and three indoor units to cool three separate rooms.
Keep On Top Of Cleaning
The best way to cut the running costs of split air conditioners is to regularly do simple cleaning. The indoor units have wide guage mesh filters that can easily be removed. Washing these filters is as simple as turning them upside down in a kitchen sink and running hot water to remove the dust before drying them with kitchen towel. Cleaning the outdoor compressor units is also a simple DIY task. The fine compressor fins quickly get blocked with dirt and these can be cleaned with a high pressure washer.
Professional Cleaning And Servicing
Split systems must be professionally cleaned every 3 to 6 months. Technicians will check and top off the refrigerant levels in the compressor unit after having power washed it. They will remove the front from the indoor unit and power wash the evaporator too. This cleaning and servicing is essential to keep you power bills low.
Window Film Will Minimize Power Consumption
If any of your home's windows are in direct sunlight during the day, you should investigate whether they are single pane or double glazed and whether the glass is clear or not. To reject solar heat your windows should either be tinted glass or covered in tinted window film. There are three main types of film and not all are effective for reducing the transfer of heat into your home. The cheapest film is simple dyed vinyl sheet with special UV-absorbing chemicals. More expensive metalised film is more effective at blocking heat and will give a clearer view than dyed film. The most expensive film, nano-ceramic, will let in the greatest amount of visible light while rejecting heat and glare. For the cost of this film, though, you may consider real tinted glass that won't suffer from de-lamination or peeling issues as film can over the long-term.