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Energy-efficient Tips to Maximise your Air Conditioner and Reduce your Bill

Summers are beautiful, but as much as we love the warmth, hot days are here again and we have to admit that it can get scorching at times. Especially here in Australia, where the summer can be longer, having an air conditioner to cool your home is such a necessity to live comfortably.

But when it comes to the dreaded electricity power bill, the increase in energy consumption will lead to a larger air conditioning bill this summer. However, there’s still hope to save you money.

 

Here are some easy air conditioning tips to reduce electricity consumption while keeping you comfortable indoors.

1. Know the correct air conditioning unit for your home.

There are some things to consider when buying an air conditioner. Like for example, if you have a small space, you would do well with a split system for cooling. However, for a larger home, a ducted air conditioning system will be better. This is because ducting systems have specific parts that lead cold air towards the areas you want to cool down via different ducts. What’s good about it is the power to adjust internal room temperature individually, allowing you to have more control in reducing energy consumption.

2. Turn off the air conditioning during the night

The easiest way to save money is to keep your air conditioning working during the day and turning it off at night. The air is typically cooler during summer evenings, so you can expect gentle breezes to give you the cooling you need to sleep well.

3. Clean air conditioning filters regularly.

When the filters are dirty or clogged, your AC unit tends to work harder to keep the temperature cool in the room. As expected, because it works harder, it consumes more electricity. Aside from this fact, cleaning the filters every few weeks will allow you to get rid of pollen or dust in the air that can mess up with your breathing in the room. Lastly, a dirty filter might also hinder the air conditioning unit from cooling properly, so you might not get it to reach the performance that you need. There are a lot of DIY maintenance tips found online but if you’re not comfortable, ask help from your expert HVAC professional.

4. Have your air conditioner unit checked up by a professional.

Air conditioning units are not used all year round, and most of the time, they are left idle during the winter. This is not a good way to keep the AC working properly as its parts might seize up, and they might not work effectively when unused for a long time. Just like how you would have a car checked up after a prolonged period of rest, have your AC seen by a professional before use.

5. Turn off heat emitting appliances at home.

Many household essentials are champions in giving off tons of heat that will just offset the hard work of your air conditioner. For instance, lights, lamps, television, computers, and cooking machines emit tons of heat. So, to ease up the job for your air conditioner, save energy by turning off those heat-emitting things that are not in use!

6. Keep the sun out and get the house full of shade.

Though you don’t have the superpower to turn down the sun, you can stop the heat from flowing through your home. The easiest way to address this is to keep all of your drapes, curtains, and blinds closed and drawn. Especially if your windows are facing the sun, thick curtains or tinted glasses will help you deflect the heat of the sun.

7. Invest in AC units that have natural hydrocarbon refrigerants.

With recent air conditioning units going out of the synthetic route, hydrocarbon use can actually lead to 17 to 38% energy savings. Not only that, if you get an inverter unit, that savings rate can even reach 60%! A final point of these newer units is that they are kinder to the environment than older ones.

8. Keep the heat-producing appliances away from your thermostat.

A thermostat works hand in hand with your air conditioning system. As it tries to gauge the temperature to maintain, you should ensure that it is away from heating devices that might fool it into thinking that it is hotter than it really is. With this inaccurate measure of the temperature, the AC unit will try to cool the surroundings more and will cause some wear and tear in the long run.

9. If you can, invest in a smart thermostat.

Since a thermostat plays a great role in air conditioning’s inner workings, making sure it is a smart one will help your air conditioner make better cooling decisions, especially how it would manage and regulate energy. An easy solution to managing your heating or cooling system is by setting your thermostat closer to the temperature outside.

10. Get a fan to promote better airflow in the room.

Air circulation is essential in keeping a room at the right temperature. To help the air conditioner do it quicker and better, having a fan in the room will help it reach more parts of the room and allow the AC unit to take a break.

 

Frequently asked questions:

1. How do you use AC effectively?

If you want to maximise your air conditioning efficiency, you have to remember to clean your filters regularly, leave your thermostat alone, rearrange your home by removing as much of the heat as you can, and don’t abuse your unit.

2. Is it cheaper to leave the air conditioner on all day?

Generally, it would be cheaper to leave the air conditioner on during the day when the temperature outside is boiling. If you suddenly turn it off, humidity and heat will enter the home, and that can lead to some trouble. However, it is also not a good move to keep it on full blast all the time. Make sure to keep temperatures at a reasonable level to maintain indoor air quality.

3. What is the fastest way to cool a room with AC?

For the moments where you need to get a room cool so fast, you should ensure to close all the doors and windows, get lots of shade as much as you can, and use some fans to spread the cool air more.

 

Final Thoughts

Being able to enjoy great air conditioning and saving money is not an impossible feat. In fact, if you follow these tips to a T, you can even prolong your indoor or outdoor unit’s life economically. Now you are ready for the sun’s heat!

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