Cleaning aircon filters an energy saver: ENERGEX

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6th of Dec 2011:Cleaning aircon filters an energy saver: ENERGEX

With warmer weather forecast for the coming days, simply cleaning out your air-conditioner filters can deliver a 10 per cent boost to performance - that means a saving on energy use and the power bill.
ENERGEX’s Mike Swanston said the late arrival of summer heat this year means that most air-conditioning systems would not have had a good clean and it was highly likely filters could be heavily clogged with dust particles, pollen and bacteria.
“The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast temperatures in the early to mid-30s and continued moderate to high humidity during the days ahead so it is quite likely thousands of home owners will switch on their air-conditioners,” he said.
“Dirty filters means air-conditioners need to work harder to reach the desired temperature. Clearly it will benefit everyone to have these systems operating at their most efficient level – both from an operational viewpoint and energy efficiency viewpoint.
“And of course ENERGEX stresses that maintaining air-conditioning temperature settings, where possible, to 24 degrees Celsius is the most energy efficient for South East Queensland’s climate.”
Mr Swanston said regularly cleaning out air-conditioning filters was fairly simple and would reap big dividends for home owners. It is also important to consider safety when doing any work around electrical appliances, so before cleaning air-conditioning filters consult the instruction manual and ensure the unit is switched off.
Research collected by ENERGEX has shown that around a 1000 South East Queensland homes a week are installing air-conditioning systems and there are now around 72 per cent of houses, units and apartments in the region with at least one air conditioner. Around 30 per cent have two, three or more cooling systems and 80,000 SEQ homes have four or more air-conditioners.
This lifestyle choice has a major impact on electricity use with summer peak energy consumption rising by more than 50 per cent in the past seven years. In some South East Queensland areas the peak power use almost doubles from one cool, wet summer day to a hot, humid day the next.
ENERGEX has been heavily investing in electricity network upgrades to meet both this growth, as well as the rise in peak power demand due to the continued rapid population and business expansion across the region.

In the 2010-11 financial year ENERGEX is investing around $1.02 billion on upgrades to its electricity network while a further $342 million-plus has been set aside to maintain and operate the network – that’s an overall average of more than $3.7 million a day.


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