Technician Tips: Simple Ways to Live Cooler and Improve the Efficiency of Your Appliances


Technician Tips: Simple Ways to Live Cooler and Improve the Efficiency of Your Appliances


Living comfortably and keeping your appliances running efficiently can be achieved by implementing simple tips. In this article, we explore a few tips for creating a more relaxed environment by optimising your air conditioner, provide suggestions for getting the best performance from your refrigerator and highlight some laundry best practices to ensure effective and efficient use of your washing machine and dryer. Let's dive in!


1. Sealed Rooms for Enhanced Cooling:

To maximise your air conditioner's effectiveness, it is essential to keep the cool air inside your room to prevent external heat from entering. Here are a couple of tips to achieve this:

a) Ensure a tight seal: Make sure all windows are tightly closed to prevent cold air from escaping. If there is a significant gap between the door and the floor, consider installing a rubber skirting to seal the opening effectively.

b) Block out heat: Pull the curtains or blinds over your windows to prevent direct sunlight from entering your room. This simple step will reduce the strain on your air conditioner and help maintain a cooler environment.


2. Regular Servicing and Cleaning:

Maintaining your air conditioner through regular servicing and cleaning is crucial for optimal performance and energy efficiency. We recommend following these guidelines:

a) Filter and coil maintenance: Clean or replace the filters and coils of your air conditioner 2-4 times a year. Dirty filters and coils can hinder the unit's efficiency, making your AC work harder to cool your room. Replacing filthy filters with new ones can reduce your energy usage by up to 15% while preventing breakdowns or expensive repairs.

b) Duct and vent cleaning: Over time, debris can accumulate in your air conditioner's ducts and vents, obstructing the airflow and reducing cooling efficiency. Consider professional cleaning services to help remove any build-up and restricted air circulation to improve the overall performance of your AC unit.


3. Optimal Refrigerator Placement:

Efficient refrigerator usage not only keeps your food fresh but also reduces energy consumption. Consider the following tips:

a) Keep it cool: Place your refrigerator away from heat sources like ovens, dishwashers, or direct sunlight. Heat from nearby appliances or sunlight can force your refrigerator's compressor to work harder, increasing energy consumption and potentially affecting its cooling capabilities.

b) Allow food to cool: Avoid placing hot leftovers directly into the refrigerator. Allowing the food to cool to room temperature first will prevent unnecessary heat transfer and reduce the workload on the refrigerator's cooling system, helping it maintain its desired temperature more efficiently.


4. Laundry Best Practices:

Optimising your laundry routine can save energy and prolong the lifespan of your washing machine and dryer. Consider the following tips:

a) Prevent moisture build-up: After using a front-loading washer, leave the door open for an hour or two to allow any trapped moisture to evaporate. This practice helps prevent mould growth and keeps the machine in optimal condition. Ensure children do not have access to the washer while the door is open.

b) Right-sized loads: When using the dryer, aim for a load size that is neither too large nor too small. Overloading the dryer extends drying times; while under-utilising it wastes energy. Optimal load sizes will ensure efficient drying and reduce per-item energy costs.


By implementing these simple tips, you can enjoy a cooler living environment; enhance the efficiency of your appliances, and save energy. For professional assistance with servicing your appliances and air conditioners, Appliance Traders Certified Technicians are available to address your needs. Stay cool, save energy, and enjoy peace of mind in a more comfortable home environment with these valuable suggestions.