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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.