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Re­place your air­con­di­tioner’s fil­ter or have your cen­tral air pro­fes­sion­ally ser­viced. You’ll breathe eas­ier not hav­ing to deal with air­cool­ing dra­mas in the sum­mer heat.

Cool­ing to 26C should keep your home com­fort­able and save you money — set­ting your ther­mo­stat just one de­gree cooler can up your cool­ing bill by 10 per cent

If your air­con­di­tion­ing unit is out­doors, re­move any leaves, weeds or de­bris from the sur­round­ing area on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Set the timer to min­imise the hours your air­con­di­tioner is in use. It can also come in handy to en­sure you don’t ac­ci­den­tally leave the unit on when you leave for work in the morn­ing, and to make sure it’s off when you go to sleep.

If your unit has ad­justable lou­vres, make sure they’re pointed up­wards. This will di­rect cold air to­wards the ceil­ing, where it will sink and cool the room.

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