Published on December 2nd, 2019
Are you prepared for the summer heat? While most of us love the idea of long, sunny days, the reality is a little sweatier. And expensive, if you’re running your air conditioner 24/7.
You may be surprised at how easy it can be to stay comfortable without breaking the bank this season! Here’s some small changes you can make.
Every Degree Matters
It’s a battle my husband and I have regularly – the set temperature on the air conditioner alternates between 20 or 25 degrees, depending on who’s holding the remote.
While I love the lower temperature, my husband, with dollar signs in his eyes, will sneakily increase the temperature when I’m not looking. Sadly, he’s right that running your unit extremely cool affects your energy bill more than most people think.
Around 24-25 degrees is recommended for optimum energy efficiency, as every degree adds around 10% to your overall air conditioner usage costs on your electricity bill.
So, while it may take a touch longer for the room to cool down, it’s definitely worthwhile changing your remote settings to save yourself some cash!
Also, try to only turn the unit on when the temperature outside reaches 30 degrees; following the tips below should help with sticking to this.
Block it Out
Sunlight coming through your windows can heat your house up quickly, especially if you open up your curtains first thing in the morning.
Keep your curtains, doors and windows closed during the day, where possible. If I do this on a hot day, I usually don’t have to turn the air conditioner on until the afternoon!
Indoor lights produce heat too, so keep them switched off if there’s enough natural light coming into the house. You’ll be surprised what a difference it can make.
Get the Air Flowing
Fans work by creating a breeze that evaporates the perspiration from your skin. They’re a much more economical option than air conditioning, with ceiling fans running on about as much power as a 60-watt light bulb which equates to roughly less than 3 cents per hour to run.
You should avoid turning on your air conditioner overnight and rely on your fans where possible. Open your windows just slightly to let warm air out and cool air in. It’s also a great idea to place a fan opposite a window to make the most of the airflow.
Really need to turn the air conditioner on overnight? Keep it on a low setting and turn the ceiling fan on to spread the air around more efficiently.
Meet Dry Mode
This is a favourite tip I discovered last year and one that definitely decreased my energy bill in summer.
I’m embarrassed to admit it but for a long time, I didn’t know what the symbols on my remote meant and found out that one button in particular could be cutting my running costs.
Check your product manual to see if your system has a dry or dehumidify mode – it usually looks like a water drop. This mode removes air humidity, which makes it easier to cool and places less pressure on the air conditioner’s compressor. Again, it may take a little longer to cool but is extremely effective once your desired temperature is reached.
Look after Your Air Conditioner
Your unit works hard in the warmer months so you should be doing your bit to keep it maintained.
Clean out the filters at least once a season, so that the system doesn’t need to work as hard to cool your home. Consult your unit’s product manual for instructions on how to do this.
Bring in the Experts
For optimum performance, you should be getting your air conditioner professionally cleaned annually. A professional clean will make your unit more energy efficient and in peak condition when you need it most.
Here are a few reasons why an Electrodry Air Conditioning Service technician may be your new best friend this summer.
Our experienced technician can reduce your unit’s energy usage by up to 22%
The service can increase cooling power by up to 4 degrees
Your Electrodry technician will remove the mould, dirt and contaminants from your unit to improve air flow, making it function much more effectively!
Note: Electrodry Air Conditioning Services are not currently available in NSW – updates available on our Air Conditioning Cleaning page.
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