The working from home trend in Australia, predominately driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, has been on the rise since March 20201, which means many people could be in their home office environment throughout the summer months. For those used to working in air conditioned offices, the at-home work space may not meet their indoor comfort needs to remain focused and productive on hot summer days.
If your home already has air conditioning installed, or you are considering air conditioning as your preferred temperature control solution, the following tips will help to create a comfortable environment so you can keep your cool while working.
1. Don’t set the temperature too low and ensure mode is changed to cooling
When the temperature outside is unbearable, it can be very tempting to lower the air conditioning temperature indoors to cool your home faster. However, this can put unnecessary pressure on the system and can contribute to an increase in energy use, leading to a higher than normal bill at the end of the quarter. In summer, ensure the air conditioner mode is changed to cooling, and Fujitsu General recommends setting the temperature to 23 degrees Celsius, to create a comfortable environment while minimising energy consumption.
2. Use timers and start cooling earlier in the day
Use programmable timers to start the air conditioner earlier in the day. At the beginning of the day, the air inside and outside your home is generally cooler. This can assist the air conditioning system to use less energy reaching the set temperature. Switching the air conditioner on during the hottest part of the day can make the system work much harder and take longer to cool down your home.
3. Use Wi-Fi innovations to manage air conditioning systems from smart devices
Smart technology makes it easy to control an air conditioner from the desk using a smartphone or tablet, or using voice command when available. Fujitsu General offers a suite of Wi-Fi controller options for those with existing Fujitsu General air conditioning systems up to 10 years old operating a wireless remote control with infrared technology, or those purchasing a new system. The Fujitsu General anywAiR® technology range currently includes an infrared Wi-Fi device for wall mounted units, a plug-in* Wi-Fi adaptor for compatible Fujitsu General Lifestyle indoor units, and the anywAiR® technology ducted controller for ducted systems.
4. Control the areas being cooled to avoid wasting energy
Optimise air conditioner use during the extreme temperatures of summer by cooling the spaces where your home office is set up. Ducted air conditioning systems can enable this when the optional zone controller is installed, to direct air flow to specified
areas within your home. However, if your home has one wall mounted unit installed in the living area, and your home office is set up in another room, you may want to consider relocating to the living room on those really hot days. Additionally,
closing doors to rooms not being used during the day will guide the cool air to where you need it.
5. Keep the indoor and outdoor units clean
Dust and debris can build up on both the indoor and outdoor unit, restricting airflow. This can cause the system to work harder, leading to higher energy usage and increased running costs. Wipe them down, and clean the indoor unit filters regularly.
For more information on Fujitsu General air conditioning systems or Wi-Fi remote control options, visit www.fujitsugeneral.com.au or contact Fujitsu General Assist on 1300 364 484 to speak to a member of our friendly customer service team.
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