7 Factors That Can Affect Air Conditioning Operating Costs

Mar 21, 2022 | Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

With air conditioning and refrigeration, one small issue can quickly result in loss of cooling, efficiency, higher running costs and even a costly breakdown. But what exactly are these issues and how can you prevent them from affecting your unit and increasing your air conditioning operating costs?

No Maintenance Plan

Air conditioning units can suck up dust and particulates, which can impact operation, blocking filters and heat exchangers. This can cause an increased operating current from the compressor, stress on the unit and higher running costs. Regular servicing reduces the likelihood of worn parts putting stress on your unit and prevents blockages, which not only ensures optimum efficiency and lower running costs, but also reduces the risk of a costly breakdown.

Poor Indoor and Outdoor Unit Airflow

The indoor and outdoor units both require adequate airflow to function. A common issue that causes inefficient cooling and higher operation costs is poor airflow in and around these crucial components, which can easily be solved with proper professional installation and regular maintenance.

Poor Refrigerant Pipework Insulation

Cooling and heating can be lost through exposed or improperly insulated refrigerant pipework; causing lack of performance and increased stress on mechanical components. This results in higher running costs and inefficient operation.

Thermostat or Controller Settings

Lack of thermostat and controller settings seen in lower value models can ramp up costs very quickly. You’ll want to have maximum control over temperature and functioning so that your air conditioning and refrigeration is optimised for cooling, as well as energy efficiency. Also, a lack of understanding of your unit’s thermostat and controls can be an issue; if you don’t know how it works, you won’t use it effectively, which means higher costs and poor operation. This is where we come in – we are there at the first point of contact right through a unit’s lifetime to ensure that it not only runs smoothly and efficiently, but also to guide you through its use and optimisation.

Poor Property Insulation = Poor EPC Grades

Poor insulation is a frequent problem causing loss of efficiency and higher energy consumption due to heat loss or gain through the fabric of the building, which results in poorer Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) grades. And because air conditioning units consume electrical energy, reducing costs and complying with statutory requirements are of utmost importance – especially for commercial buildings.

Incorrect System or Size

There are various types of air conditioning available in the UK and choosing the right one for your room is vital if you want lower running costs and provide better climate control. For example, wall-mounted or floor-standing units are usually more suited to smaller residential properties than shops and offices. In contrast, larger systems with ducted air conditioning or cassettes are effective for bigger commercial spaces. Ultimately, if you have the wrong system and incorrect unit size, you won’t be maximising the potential savings on offer.

However, with proper maintenance, professional advice and installation and high-quality products and services, you’ll enjoy better cooling and heating, lower energy bills and a longer lifespan from your unit – which means even less unnecessary repair and replacement costs overall.

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