3 Ways Newcastle Weather Can Impact Your Air Conditioning
Due to climate change Australia has been subjected to extreme weather conditions. In 2019, the summer temperatures broke all previous records, becoming 15 degrees higher than ever before. This in turn provoked bushfires, which pushed already high temperatures even higher. As a result the air became muggy and everyone became extremely uncomfortable. What’s more, the heat made going out dangerous for some people.
Of course, there’s nothing to be done about outside temperatures, but inside, there was the air conditioning solution. Gasping house owners with air conditioning in Newcastle reached for their thermostat controls, hoping for relief. In turn this caused power failures and also caused damage to many air conditioners. As a word of warning, we at Impact Air & Electrical would like to tell you 3 ways Newcastle weather can impact your air conditioning.
Most air conditioning units come with or should come with, a SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. They are manufactured to work at a maximum capacity of 100 degrees or less. 95 degrees is really the optimum. To tell if your air conditioning unit is worth the money, the SEER rating should be at least 14. Higher than that is even better and you can be assured of a quality system. Less than that rating and your air conditioning unit may not be fit for purpose under extreme weather conditions.
- Air conditioning works to not only cool the inside of your home or business premises, but also extract hot air to the outside. In the middle range of outside temperatures, this works with efficiency. Unfortunately, when outside temperatures become extreme, it overworks your system trying to maintain a comfortable environment inside. The unit’s compressor can well be damaged because an overload of work.
- Filters can also become a problem in times of extreme weather. Prolonged bouts of very high temperatures mean constant use of air conditioning and at a greater capacity. During dry seasons there is the constant bother of dust. This will clog your filters and dirty filters lower the efficiency of your unit, requiring the whole system to work harder to maintain the comfortable atmosphere that you wish.
- Unfortunately, the other extreme of weather conditions can also impact the efficiency of your air conditioning. Thunderstorms with torrential rain can also damage your unit and effect its efficiency. So too can hail, high winds, and lightning. Strong winds can lift and carry debris, which can cover or get inside your unit.
If you have doubts or worries over the conditions mentioned, Impact Air & Electrical are ready and willing to answer them. We have been installing air conditioning in Newcastle for years. Get in touch using our message page or just give us a call.