As the mercury rises across the UK and Europe this summer, in homes and offices more and more people are now buying air conditioning units than ever before. With hotter summers, coupled with a growing awareness for the importance of indoor air quality, UK retailers have reported a rise in air-con unit sales as people splash the cash to keep cool in stifling temperatures.
It’s not just these last few months that Brits have been investing in air-con to escape the heat. In 2018, 8.4 million air-con units (including residential, commercial and industrial uses) were sold across Europe including 200,000 of these across the UK, according to the Carbon Trust. With the Met Office forecasting that British summers could be 5C warmer by 2070, sales of air conditioning units may well continue to rise in years to come.
If you’ve been smart enough to invest in an air-con system for your home or office keeping your system in good working order will help it perform better. Although many people wait for their system to start making a strange noise or notice it’s running less efficiently to call for a service, it’s better to be ahead of the game and plan regular maintenance.
Whilst neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in its performance, here’s five additional benefits to keeping your air-con unit fully serviced.
Extended Operational Life – Regular maintenance will ensure your unit maintains up to 95% of its original efficiency and can double the lifespan of the unit. Filthy condenser coils and clogged up filters means your system has to use up more energy to do its job properly. Monitoring your unit for any damage on the pump, belts, and other parts allows you to keep the system running as efficiently as possible.
Reduced Energy Bills – If your air-con system is having to work extra hard due to a faulty part or clogged filter, it will be using more power and ramp up your energy bill, as well as increasing your carbon footprint. Regular servicing will be easier on your wallet and your conscience in the long run.
Reduced Repair Costs – One of the benefits of air-con maintenance is being able to locate problems and repair them before they become larger issues. Replacing faulty parts of your air-con costs less compared to replacing the entire unit resulting from severe damage or breakdown.
Improved Air Quality – A good air-con system should produce fresh, clean air but mounting dust or filthy pipes can have the opposite effect bringing risks to your health with allergies and other breathing problems. A dirty air-con system is more likely to leave an unpleasant smell in your home as well.
Home Safety – If electrical components inside your air-con system are gathering dust it can become a hazard to your home. For example, a clogged up filter could cause a circuit malfunction which can lead to your unit breaking down completely. A well maintained unit will reduce the risk of a … Read More