Energy Saving Tips: Timers and Thermometers – Energy #ianformation


If you are looking for some top energy saving tips this winter, the team at Mattair have you covered. Our Technical Sales Director Ian Fisher, well known as ‘Energy Ian’, believes that with winter on the horizon, it’s important to take a look at the air conditioning and the controllers to see what’s going on.

Do you know what is installed in your home or building and how to use it?

  • Start by reading any information available on the operations and maintenance of the equipment and take advantage of any energy saving features.
  • Try to understand the building design parameters – the use of space may have changed over time.
  • Air conditioning systems can provide efficient heating as long as they are clean and in good working order. You can save up to 40 per cent of your heating energy bill and save around 60% in carbon by running air conditioning as a heat pump instead of radiators from a gas boiler.

Have you checked the timer settings on the air conditioning and thermostat?

  • Set up a regular review of the time schedules for the air conditioning and heating.
  • Significant savings can be made by turning the system off early, especially at the end of the day.

Are your systems well-maintained?

  • A system that is well looked after uses less energy than one that has been neglected.
  • Modern or complex systems use air to air heat recovery systems including wheels, heat exchanges or run round coils. Check each section and make sure they are clean and in good working order.

Is the thermostat being constantly changed?

  • Everyone has a comfortable temperature, however constantly turning up and down a thermostat can waste a lot of energy. Try putting thermometers in different parts of a room to help work out the actual room temperature before you decide if any adjustments are needed.

Do you need a system temperature lock?

  • Don’t let users turn the heat right up, then turn it down or off when they feel like it. This doesn’t heat your space any faster and instead results in excessive and expensive energy use. Consider setting system locks to prevent over-heating or over-cooling settings.

More #ianformation hints and tips to come over the winter period.

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