Your Air conditioning is a vital part of your home electrical system. Unfortunately, it is also often overlooked as it is used for six months of the year. In fact, it’s estimated that nearly half of Australians don’t have their AC units serviced. Of course, plenty of Australians don’t even have AC systems.
But, if you live in an area that is subject to extreme bouts of heat, you’ll be glad that you have an AC unit. If you haven’t got one you should be chatting to the specialists in industrial air conditioning, you’ll be grateful for the AC when it is installed!
Of course, AC units use electricity. If you want to keep your energy bills as low as possible then you have to make sure your AC is operating efficiently.
There are several techniques to ensure this is the case.
Your AC unit will work much harder if it has to constantly lower the temperature compared to simply maintaining a temperature.
Keep the windows and doors closed in the area you wish to cool and set the thermostat on the unit. It will maintain the temperature you choose and this is cheaper, as well as less stressful for your AC unit.
Cool What you Need
If you have a spare bedroom and it is rarely used there is no point in cooling the space. It will simply increase your energy bill and increase the stress on your unit. This means it is likely to break down earlier than it should.
In short, cool the spaces in your house that are used, allow the others to get warm.
Change The Thermostat
You don’t need to cool the house so much that you are comfortable sat there in jeans, a t-shirt, and a jumper. You can make the system more efficient and use less energy by turning the thermostat up a few degrees.
Instead of going for comfort in jeans, put your shorts on. You’ll feel just as comfortable and save money in the process.
Consider When To Turn It On
If you are out all day every day then you don’t need to cool your home. Instead, get timers and a smart home system. You can then get the AC to come on before you get home. This will make the house a nice temperature on your arrival without wasting energy.
Equally, don’t turn the AC unit on the second the temperature starts to increase. Instead, wait until you are certain the hotter weather has arrived and you need some AC. Delaying turning your air conditioner on by just a few weeks can make a significant difference to its efficiency and your energy bill.
It’s worth noting that if your AC unit has a dehumidifying mode, use it. Removing the moisture from the air makes it harder for the air to hold the heat, decreasing the need to cool the air separately. You won’t just be more efficient, you’ll find it is much nicer living in a less moist environment.