When those hot days roll around again, your employees will have the air conditioner cranking all day. More usage leads to higher bills and, often, extra servicing fees. But as with every business, we should always be looking for ways to reduce operational costs.
You can’t leave your employees sweating, but you can follow a few simple strategies to increase the life of your air conditioner.
Air conditioner maintenance tips
Set the temperature
Employees are notorious for playing with air conditioner remotes. ‘It’s too hot.’ ‘I’m cold…’ It’s best to keep the temperature consistent – 18°C to 21°C in winter and 23°C to 26°C in summer. If the system is being overworked, it will chew up more power and parts will need repairing earlier than usual.
Clean your system
Don’t let your air conditioner gather dust that can block airflow and cause your air conditioner to work harder for the same result. Hire an expert team to change the filters in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. This also helps to keep indoor air healthier, too – that can mean fewer sick days.
Updating your office?
Cover the system’s ductsIf you’ve got tradespeople working on a renovation or update, seal all ductwork joints. This helps to prevent dust and moisture affecting the running of the system and affecting staff working in other areas of the building.
Take care of the system’s coils
Every other week, lightly brush away any debris, dust and dirt from the air conditioner’s coils. If the coils aren’t straight, it can prevent airflow. Coils are easy to straighten with a fine comb.
Have the system checked every six months
Most importantly, invest in a check-up before winter and summer start. An air conditioning expert will inspect the system, top up the refrigerant, and adjust parts as needed. This step is extremely important for businesses with multiple systems. It’s an upfront cost, but simple maintenance like this can be the difference between hundreds of dollars or thousands of dollars on running costs. An expert will also be able to tell you when the system needs to be replaced.
Implement these actions in your business and you’ll see the difference in your bottom line, the happiness of your staff … and the temperature.
As with all appliances, if you keep it in good working condition, you’ll extend its life and avoid any safety emergency issues. If you’re looking for a local team of air conditioning experts in the Adelaide Hills to take care of your air conditioner maintenance, talk to us.
Stay cool, we’re here for you.