Read these top tips for reducing your air conditioner’s drain on your energy bill.
Our country is indeed sunburnt, and so we have air conditioners, A/Cs, air cons. When purchasing an air conditioner there is a lot to consider, and still more once you have one. This here is a helpful guide to reducing your air conditioner’s energy consumption, enjoy.
- Unoccupied rooms — Close vents and ducts to unoccupied rooms while cooling or heating the house.
- Fan — Use a fan instead of an air conditioner. They are often cheaper.
- A degree of difference — Increase your A/Cs temperature by 1℃ in summer and drop it by 1℃ in winter. A small change like this can save you up to 10% of energy consumption.
- Types of units — There are a variety of air conditioning units that vary in their efficacy and energy consumption, make sure to gather as much information as you can before purchasing a unit. Often inverter units are quieter and more energy efficient.
- Sizing — Ensure that your A/C unit is appropriately sized. Residents often purchase machines too large for their house; this type of mistake costs more to buy and more from the environment.
- Leaving home — If you are leaving the house for more than one hour, shut the A/C off until you return.
- Quality — Air conditioners feature the Energy Rating System, allowing you to choose some of the most energy efficient products. The energy efficiency star system is tailored for every product and takes into consideration special features of individual products.
- Pre-cooling — If there’s a hot day coming up, pre-cool your house the night before by letting the cool air in. This reduces the strain on the system, and if your house has got insulation, it will retail the coolness over to the next day.
- Cleaning — The filters on an A/C unit do require cleaning. You should aim to clean these components every few months. If left uncleaned, A/Cs operating in a dusty house can ice up and stop working.
- Types of units — There are a variety of air conditioning units that vary in their efficacy and energy consumption.
- Compressor unit — If the external component of your A/C is in full sunlight all day, make sure to shade it under an awning or with mesh. This helps it work more efficiently and therefore less energy consumption.