Air Conditioning Tips To Help Reduce Your Energy Bill


Air conditioning is an absolute necessity here in tropical north-eastern Queensland. But there’s no doubt that running air conditioners is an expense we’d prefer to do without.

Summer gets that much hotter when we see our power bills and hear the news announcements about sky-rocketing energy costs.

At Alphacool, as experienced and trusted providers of air conditioning maintenance in Townsville, we know a few tricks to help reduce your energy bills.


Good Habits

Make energy saving part of your everyday routine, especially in the seasonal higher temperatures. Use your air conditioning wisely, at the right time of day. Naturally, the sun’s rays heat up the air, so AC systems work harder to cool it down during the day.

During the night, heat escapes very quickly, particularly when there is no cloud cover.

Rather than trying to keep your interiors at sub-arctic temps and setting your thermostat too cold, keep your air conditioning on a moderate temperature throughout the day to avoid wasting money.
Once you turn off your AC system, open a window or two to allow some air circulate while you sleep.

You can also save money by making sure your thermostats and timers are set correctly.

As the hot season comes to an end and the days get shorter, so should the length of time you’ll need to run your AC unit.


Keep Cool

During our years of air conditioning maintenance in Townsville, we’ve come to know what makes AC units work harder. Some of these are easy to avoid. There are practical steps you can take at home or work to cool the air inside.

Use shade as much as possible. Wherever practical, close blinds and curtains throughout the day. If the air outside is hot, keep your doors and windows closed.

Turn off all electrical appliances you are not using. Don’t leave them on standby. Ideally, you should unplug them from the socket.

The number of gadgets and everyday “essentials” in modern homes and businesses is growing. All of these use electricity, which you pay for. If you don’t really need a machine telling you what time it is, turn it off.


Switch On

These are just some of the ways you can save money on air conditioning energy bills.

As experienced professionals in in Townsville, our air conditioning maintenance team knows all the ins and outs. To find out more, please explore our website or call us on 1300 3 ALPHA.

What’s Involved In Commercial Air Conditioning Design And Installation?

When it comes to commercial air conditioning design and installation in Cairns, there is a great deal more involved than simply fitting a few AC units is strategic positions.

Here at AlphaCool, we are expert in all aspects of commercial air conditioning.

In the following article, we offer a brief outline of the commercial AC design and installation process.

Site survey and calculating the requirements

A skilled design and installation team will firstly arrange for an onsite survey to discuss and consider the output and positioning requirements of your units.

Choosing the type of system to use will also be crucial to your needs and consideration of efficiency and energy usage.

Calculating your cooling needs

They will also use industry standard calculations to discover the minimum requirements of your commercial air conditioning design and installation in Cairns.

This is done by measuring the area and determining the volume of air that will need to be cooled (or heated). Such things as the position of windows and doors will also be taken into account to determine the optimum positioning of your units.

Considering practical issues for siting of the units

One of the key factors to consider when siting the units is that the distance between the outdoor (business end) of the units and the indoor delivery system ideally needs to be as short as physically possible. The optimum is always to site the outdoor units directly behind the delivery system but this isn’t always practical.  

Discussing your requirements with the experts

While the above provides only a brief overview of commercial air conditioning design and installation in Cairns, expert help is only a phone call away.

Call the expert air conditioning team here at AlphaCool now on 1300 325 742

Is My Air Conditioner Faulty?

We all rely on our air conditioning systems on the Coral Coast. Townsville is deemed tropical savanna, so it comes with the territory that some extreme weather conditions throughout the year.

Maintaining comfortable temperatures in your home, office or factory, means that your air conditioning is going to need to work hard. It’s not uncommon for air con systems to develop problems, in particular, some that may not be obvious.

Our experience, as the quick-response team on call for air conditioning service and repairs in Townsville, is that a preventative approach is the best. Diagnosing issues early on helps avoid costly replacements. It’s not only better for the AC system itself, it will also save you time, money and hassle.

Telltale Signs

One of the telltale signs of a faulty air conditioning system is unexpected temperature changes due to the AC unit failing to produce air at the temperature settings you specify.

Whatever the outside conditions, a healthy air conditioner will be able to deal with them and deliver a steady flow of air throughout your premises at the temperatures you select.

Air that unexpectedly heats up or cools down is a sign of trouble and, no matter how short these periods are, they should not be happening. This could be a signal that there are low levels of refrigerant in your system. It might also be a mechanical issue, such as a malfunctioning compressor.

Air conditioning relies on closed windows and doors but if you’re feeling a “lack of air” in your room or workspace, attention is needed. This reduced air flow can be due to mechanical or filter problems. Filters functioning at full capacity are vital to the health of your air conditioning unit.

Regular Servicing

At AlphaCool, we’ve made it our mission to provide air conditioning service and repairs Townsville residents and businesses can rely on. Here in north-east Queensland, the tropical heat and humidity make it almost impossible to carry on as usual without fully functioning air conditioning.

Just as your car was not designed to be maintenance free, the same is true for your air conditioner. Warranties might give you assurances during their coverage period. But, when the warranty period is over, you have nothing to fall back on except the common sense approach of periodical maintenance.

Scheduling a regular inspection is obviously the least costly option. Your AC system is sure to last longer with a guaranteed service agreement in place.

Regular servicing by AlphaCool will give you peace of mind and save you time and stress. Thanks to your air conditioning system running at its most efficient best, this will also help keep your power bills down.

Don’t wait until the day your air conditioner breaks down, simply get in touch with Townsville’s air conditioning help at AlphaCool today. While you’re there, please take a look around our website. Or just give us a call on 1300 3 ALPHA (1300 325 742).

As experts in air conditioning maintenance in Townsville we ensure your unit is always up and running when you need and want it. Taking good care of your air conditioner ensures proper functioning and a longer lifespan. There are many other good reasons why it is important you follow a proper maintenance schedule. You can do the job yourself if you are confident in your abilities, but we would always advise to call our professionals at Alpha Cool for a job well done.

More energy efficiency

When your air conditioner is properly maintained, it’s more energy efficient. Dirty or clogged machinery make the unit work harder, which takes more energy. Not only is this not good for your air conditioner, it also costs you more to run it. And it could mean costly repairs that could be avoided by paying for us to service or maintain it.

Fewer repair costs

When your air conditioner isn’t working properly, you will have to call someone to come and fix it. By paying attention to maintenance needs, you can cut down on repair costs dramatically. When your unit is in top running condition, it won’t break down as often or quit working, which will save you money in the long run. Paying Alpha Cool for maintenance might seem like an unnecessary expense, but we know it is worth it when you consider the alternative.

Better air quality

A dirty or malfunctioning air conditioner often smells bad and that lets you know that the air in your home might not be as fresh and clean as you want it to be. Regularly maintaining your aircon unit ensures that the air in your home is safe to breathe for your family. That means changing the filter on a regular basis, in addition to keeping the unit clean at all times.

Longer lifespan

As mentioned above, when your air conditioner is working properly, it will last longer. Failing to check for broken or damaged parts and not having them replaced or repaired makes your unit work harder and can cause damage elsewhere. When this happens, it’s often less expensive to simply get a new air conditioner rather than paying the parts and labour to have it fixed. You can save yourself the time and money by checking your unit often to be sure it’s working as it should.

The experts at Alpha Cool are ready to meet your air conditioning maintenance needs in Townsville and Cairns. Give us a call on 1300 325 742 .  


At AlphaCool, we know it can be expensive keeping cool in Far North Queensland.

We have years of expertise at providing the best advice and quality cooling equipment in the area.

Our team can help you keep costs down all through the year, including the summer.

We provide reliable air conditioning installation and service for Port Douglas residents and businesses in the region.

These are just some of our great cost cutting services at AlphaCool.

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