If you’re looking to furnish your new HDB with a spanking new – and cost-efficient – air-conditioning system, here are 6 aircon-related tips that’ll help you conserve your finances in the long run.
Unless you’re a technician or in the home appliance industry, it’s likely that the only thing you know about air conditioners is that they cool rooms. This lack of knowledge often drives us into the open arms of general retailers and causes us to choose the brands we’re familiar with.
Rookie mistake. Here are 3 reasons why you should side-step the retailer and go straight to an authorised installer:
Reputable aircon installation companies such as Newway make sure that all their technicians are well-versed in the various types of aircons in the market – even the latest district cooling systems in the newest BTO flats – to advise you on the best brand and aircon make for your home.
They also use Class O fire-rated insulation materials and premium, certified components such as “kalton refrigerant and keystone wiring to make sure your aircon setup is not a fire hazard.
This certification is a mandatory requirement by HDB to ensure all installed aircons are compliant and problem-free.
When it comes to maximising your savings in the home appliance department, you’ve got to start with the best energy-efficient product. This means setting your sights on a 5-tick energy label. Let’s put things into perspective for you. An aircon with a 5-tick energy label can possibly save you an estimated $80-120 more per year as compared to one with a 4-tick label.
This amount that you’re saving can then be channeled back your annual aircon servicing fund!
We’re sticklers for aesthetics – and all the more so when it comes to furnishing our homes. And while it might seem like a smart move to position your aircon far off in a corner or right above your door as some shops do, you might be setting yourself up for years of troubleshooting and aircon repairs!
Here’s why: Not only will the off-centre placement mean that your aircon won’t be able to cool the room effectively, but this inadvertently also gives rise to random “hotspots” around the room. The latter also subjects your aircon to constantly changing temperatures from opening and closing of the door that might cause condensation to form and result in pesky “leaking”.
You can trust the professional installer will possess enough field experience and theoretical knowledge to advise you on the best position for your aircon.
Bigger isn’t always better, especially in the case of aircon BTU (British Thermal Unit). If this term is new to you, you can think of it the same way you do horsepower. The higher the heat load, the more BTU you need – this translates to faster cooling too!
There’s a science to picking the best aircon BTU for your home and this boils down to a number of different factors such as the proximity of other appliances, exposure to direct sunlight and even the number of people the room will house.
A smaller BTU aircon in a larger room will be silently puffing up your utility bill every month on top of being more prone to issues and general wear and tear.
Getting that perfect fit in terms of BTU and room size can save you money, cool your room faster and even extend the lifespan of your aircon!
You might think that the ideal temperature for an aircon falls somewhere between 20-23°C, but you actually don’t need such a low temperature to achieve a cold room. In fact, the higher your aircon temperature, the more you save. Some say you can even save up to 10% of your total electricity bill just by setting your aircon a degree higher than what it usually is.
Pro-tip: For maximum energy and cost savings, set your aircon temperature at 25˚C and set the fan mode on AUTO. This will allow your aircon to regulate its fan speed according to the room’s temperature to keep it cool and quiet, and this, in turn, saves you energy and money.
Aircons are great for dehumidifying spaces and their filters trap all sorts of dust and microscopic particles, but a musty and overly congested filter also makes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mould. A dip in your aircon’s cooling power might also signal a clogged filter.
A good rule of thumb is to service your aircon every 3 months if you use it all-day, on the daily. This is especially important if you live in a household with pets or children as fur and dust are more likely to get trapped in the filter, clogging it faster. You can even do some of the “servicing” on your own by washing out the filters every 1-2 weeks for longer stretches between professional servicing.
Unlike the harsh chemical cleaners used by other companies, Newway uses their proprietary all-natural, probiotic solution made of fruits and vegetables and good cultured bacteria to penetrate and breakdown contaminants and microorganisms hiding in your filter and coils.
Plus, in addition to vacuuming, Newway uses a HydroJet to blast all dirt and residue into the drainage pipes which is 40% more effective than regular servicing.
They even offer a Major Servicing that uses an advanced probiotic HydroSteam to ensure a thorough cleaning. And if you’re a real hypochondriac, be sure to do their Chemical Overhaul on your aircon once a year to up its efficiency and improve your home’s air quality.
This advanced cleaning service will see your entire aircon dismantled for a 2-step clean. The cooling coils are washed with their water-based alkaline coil cleaning solution before undergoing a second round of cleaning with their probiotic wash to fully remove all contaminants.
The journey to furnishing and sprucing up your home is one that we all want to accelerate but there are some corners that shouldn’t be cut. Scrimping on your aircon installation and regular maintenance are some mistakes new homeowners make that are actually the cause of their skyward-creeping utility bills.
Newway specialises in aircon installation and aircon maintenance. With a team of technicians with over 30 years of experience, you won’t have to worry about the nitty-gritty details or the actual installation or maintenance process.
On top of this, Newway also has a number of impressive accolades to its name such as the Building & Construction Excellence Award, ISO 9002 Award for air conditioning and the bizSAFE Award, proving their dedication to workmanship and safe practices.
This post was brought to you by Newway.
Photography by Sharlene Lau.
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