Tips to get the most out of an air conditioner
The UK has experienced its driest summer since 1961, with average temperatures of 20.9C. We’ve had one of the hottest summers on record, and it’s set to continue till September. Which is why you should invest in an air conditioner, a much-needed relief from the approaching second heatwave, where temperatures are set to rise to above 30C.
Whether you call it air-con, air con, portable cooling or portable air conditioning, it doesn’t really matter as they all work in the same way. An air conditioning unit is very simple and in operation is like a refrigerator. The hot air from the room is passed over a cold coil that makes it colder and removes some of the moisture that makes the air feel sticky.
This cooler air is blown back into the room to provide a fresh feeling.
Air from the room is blown over the coil that is now hot, to discharge this heat to the outside via the flexible hose.
Air conditioners are great in the heat – here’s our advice on how to get the most out of them:
Seal the air!
To make the air conditioning unit work as efficiently as possible, it is essential that the hose discharges the hot air to the outside and not back within the room. To help the air conditioning unit work as hard as possible, keep the room well sealed by closing doors and windows wherever you can. Blinds will also reduce the amount of heat coming in through windows.
Empty water frequently
Most of the water collected during the cooling process is evaporated down the hose, but there will always be a small amount that collects into the small reserve tank in the air conditioner. So occasionally your unit will turn off and will wait for you to empty the tank, which is done by removing a bung at the bottom of the rear of the machine and draining the water away via a hose. Expect to do this more often on humid days and especially when there is thunder in the air.
Prepare in advance
To get the best from a machine try and run it in the room before you need to use the room. For example, running the air conditioner in a bedroom for a few hours before you go to bed will probably mean that you can turn the air con off when you get into bed. A much quieter and more satisfactory solution.