When it’s hot outside, you might have to fight your family for the air conditioner remote. Those notoriously hot Adelaide Hills days can sometimes get too much and cause people to get hot-headed at times (pardon the pun).
Yet, we know little about how to actually use air conditioner remotes. Most of us just know how to turn it on and off, then go straight for the up/down button. If it’s 40 degrees outside, you’ll want the temperature as low as possible. This is all well and good – until you get your next power bill!
It’s important to have an understanding of your system so you can stay comfortable on those hot days (but also when you see your electricity consumption). Each degree you reduce the thermostat by will cost you between 3-5% on your air conditioning costs. This means if you normally have it set to 21 and you’re paying $150, just raising it to 25 could reduce the bill by approximately $25.
Pull Out The Manual. Learn How to Use The AC Remote
The best thing you can do is to read the manufacturer’s handbook. Know exactly what each symbol and button means, so you can learn how to use the air conditioner remote – both to keep cool, but without spending more than you need to on power.
A Daikin remote, for example, will be different to a Panasonic or LG remote. Even different models under the same brand could have different remote control features, so keep this in mind. In Daikin’s split system ducted air conditioner, they advise users not to access the controls behind the flap on the bottom half of the remote – once the desired temperature, fan speed, and mode of operation are set.
Some of the features that are on the remote include:
- An on/off button
- Operation indicator
- Centralised control indicator
- Air cleaning
- Test indicator
- Program time
- Selected temperature display
- Fan speed
- Filter clean
- Defrost indicator
- Timer mode start
As you can see, there’s a lot more to air conditioning remote controls than just an on/off mode and setting the temperature. While you might only use these two functions, it’s essential to know what the other parts are there for.
If you’re looking for professional advice from a local air conditioning provider in the Adelaide Hills, contact us. Your system might be working overtime because it needs servicing. We’ll inspect it and make sure it’s purring and not burning money.