The Optimal Air Conditioning Settings to Keep You Cool All Summer 

Perth Air & Power Solutions

In the hot summer months, air conditioning is vital in all commercial spaces from restaurants, to offices, to factories. It’s likely that you rely on your commercial air conditioning system to work effectively most days during the summer to keep you, your customers and your employees cool and comfortable. 

Air conditioning can lead to higher than average energy bills, but there are some tips we can offer to help lower your bills and regulate your energy consumption – all without compromising on comfort. Here are some of our tips for optimal air conditioning settings to keep you cool this summer:

Set optimal temperature

 

Set Optimal Temperature For Air Conditioner

As a general rule, the closer the set temperature of your air conditioner is to the outside temperature, the more efficiently the system will run. In general, a cooling mode temperature set between 22°C and 24°C is the best temperature to run your commercial unit at during summer. If you set your air con closer to 24°C, you will experience a reduction in energy consumption compared to cooler temperatures closer to 22°C. Each degree makes a difference to your energy consumption.

It’s worth listening to your employees. Some office settings can be notorious for over-cooling in summer, which can have the opposite desired effect, causing discomfort for the staff and visitors, and a reduction in productivity. The best temperature for your commercial space leading to optimal comfort levels may be higher than you think. 

Select a comfortable temperature and leave the unit set at that temperature – this is a much more efficient approach than blasting the air con at full power on the lowest setting. Doing so can put additional strain on the system, and lead to higher energy consumption. Set a comfortable temperature, and leave it at that. 

If you use your air conditioning for heating throughout winter, use the same approach. Find the ideal temperature to keep your commercial space comfortable, and maintain that temperature.

Ideal time of day to run air conditioning

 

Ideal Time Of Day To Run Air Conditioning

It may be beneficial for you to get in early – turn on the air con in the morning before the outdoor temperature heats up, and keep it running during the day. Depending on your commercial space, you may be able to switch it off at night once everyone goes home, and turn it on again the following morning.

Some systems have a function to ‘set and forget’, so that the air conditioning will switch on and off automatically as set by you. It can be useful to use a timer setting to ensure your commercial space is already cooling before the first person arrives in the morning. If you walk into an office or commercial space that’s already hot and uncomfortable, you’re more likely to want to blast the air conditioning at the lowest temperature, which isn’t great for energy efficiency or your energy bills.

Some appliances emit heat, such as ovens, computers and other energy-reliant appliances. If your commercial space involves the running of such equipment during the night, or if employees continue work into the night, you may benefit from leaving the air conditioning on. This will keep the space from heating up too much, which can reduce the risk of the air conditioner having to work extra hard the following day to cool it down. 

Depending on your unit, for some systems it’s more energy efficient to leave your air conditioning running rather than switching it on and off several times throughout the day. Speak to one of our qualified air conditioning technicians if you want to understand the most effective way to run your particular commercial air conditioning system. 

Regular maintenance of your unit

 

Regular Maintenance of Air Conditioner

Commercial air conditioning units should be regularly serviced and maintained to ensure they’re running efficiently and using as little energy as possible. Regular servicing of your air conditioner will also ensure your customers and staff aren’t affected by fluctuations in temperature, which can be very obvious and uncomfortable in the hot summer months. 

Maintaining your unit is a good way of avoiding potential breakdowns, which can lead to soaring indoor temperatures and, potentially, costly repairs. In addition, the filters of your unit or system should be regularly cleaned. This will help lower running costs, as the unit won’t have to work as hard to maintain a cool temperature. 

Here at Perth Air & Power Solutions, we are experts in commercial air conditioning repairs, installation and maintenance. We can help you find the optimal air conditioning settings for summer specifically for your air conditioning system, to ensure your set up optimises energy efficiency without compromising on comfort, and without driving up your energy bills. 

Get in touch with our highly qualified team today so that you, your team members and your customers can keep cool and comfortable this summer.

MORE ARTICLES

FOR YOUR BRAIN

article thumbnail image

What Temperature Should A Server Room Be?

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2022

When we think of air conditioning, naturally we think of it in terms of personal comfort for those in the building. As an employer in Australia, you're probably just thinking about the best way to keep the premises at an ideal 23 or 24 degrees for your employees and your customers....

Read more
article thumbnail image

What Does A Safety Switch Do?

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2022

A safety switch is an electrical safety device that is a vital component in every commercial property. So much so that every building in Western Australia has been required, by law, to have at least two safety switches installed....

Read more
article thumbnail image

Evaporative vs Refrigerated Cooling – Which is Best for My Business?

Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2022

When looking to manage the inside temperature of your workspace, it is a toss up between two types of air conditioning systems—evaporative vs refrigerated. They each have their pros and cons so let's go through and compare the two....

Read more
article thumbnail image

The Optimal Air Conditioning Settings to Keep You Cool All Summer 

Posted on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

In the hot summer months, air conditioning is vital in all commercial spaces from restaurants, to offices, to factories. It’s likely that you rely on your commercial air conditioning system to work effectively most days during the summer to keep you, your customers and your employees cool and comfortable....

Read more
article thumbnail image

What Causes An Electrical Power Surge?

Posted on Monday, November 08th, 2021

Electrical power surges can be caused by a myriad of reasons, and can have varying degrees of severity. They can affect your home as well as your workplace, and can have lasting effects - especially on businesses relying on their electronic equipment in order to operate....

Read more
article thumbnail image

Common Refrigerator Problems You Need To Keep An Eye Out For

Posted on Friday, October 08th, 2021

Commercial fridges and freezers are typically a lot larger than the ones we use at home and are often run at lower temperatures. It’s likely that a disruption to the fridge or freezer in your commercial space will influence and impact the running of your business, and potentially lead to loss of stock and income....

Read more
article thumbnail image

How To Efficiently Run Air Conditioning In The Office

Posted on Thursday, September 09th, 2021

Whether you’re looking to reduce costs in your workplace, lessen your environmental footprint, or make your office space as comfortable as it can be, how you run the air conditioning can make a big difference....

Read more
article thumbnail image

LED Buy Back Period

Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2019

You might not think it, although using traditional lightbulbs over a long term can be a costly exercise – particularly for big office spaces. The almost annual replacement of the bulbs...

Read more
article thumbnail image

When to Repair a Commercial Refrigerator

Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2019

Do you run refrigeration units as a core part of your business? If so you may have wondered how often they need checking for maintenance or when they needs repairs. You can never...

Read more
article thumbnail image

Avoid Costly Commercial Refrigeration Breakdowns with Regular Maintenance

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Commercial refrigeration installation for your business is a major investment, and running it on a daily basis can be costly. So it makes sense to keep it well maintained, right? Well, we know that but...

Read more