It’s important to stay cool during the summer months – however, it’s also important that you take efforts to bring down your electricity usage as well!
During summer, both of these goals come together with your air conditioning.
As we all know, air conditioning is the key to maintaining a comfortable home during the warmer months. However, it’s also one of the most power-hungry appliances on your property – it should go without saying that this poses a bit of a clash!
Luckily, there are ways to make your air conditioning more efficient, allowing you to stay cool and save power at the same time…
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How to make your air conditioning efficient
Today’s air conditioning systems are getting more and more efficient, meaning that this is becoming less of an issue with each passing day.
Of course, not all air conditioning systems in Brisbane are brand-new – many are older A/Cs that don’t have the new energy-efficient features that are now standard on newer systems.
For people like this, we’ve put together a list of different tips and tricks that you can use to squeeze the most out of your air conditioning, without squeezing your wallet.
Clean it out
Wonder why your air conditioner only ever seems to put out a tiny, pathetic breeze instead of showering you in gloriously cool air?
It could indeed be a mechanical issue with your system – more likely however, the issue is that your system is dirty.
Dust, debris and more can clog your air conditioner’s filters. Not only does this end up in your aircon blowing all of these particles into your home, but it also blocks the even flow of cool air.
The result? Your system takes longer to cool your home down, and burns more power in the process.
Cleaning these filters is a simple task you can do on your own – however, it can have a huge impact on your air conditioning system’s performance.
If you want to make your aircon more efficient, this is a great place to start.
Set the thermostat a little bit higher
After all, are you really going to notice an extra one or two degrees?
While it might sound a little counterintuitive, this small trick can save you a surprising amount of money during the warmer months.
Another good idea is to change the temperature throughout the day.
For instance, if it’s a Saturday and all you plan on doing is lying around, you might get away with leaving the mercury a tad higher.
If you plan on welcome guests and cooking food, now might be a good time to turn it up to compensate.
And while we’re talking about thermostats…
Make sure your thermostat is accurate
Your thermostat is responsible for regulating the temperature in your home, taking measurements and adjusting your air conditioning system accordingly so that everything stays comfortable.
Naturally, you’re going to want to keep the thermostat away from appliances that generate heat, as this will throw off its readings and make your A/C run for longer than it needs to!
Luckily for you, most thermostats are installed in out-of-the-way spots to avoid this problem.
Most of them.
A nearby toaster, stove or other heat-generating appliance can mess with the ambient temperature in the air around your thermostat – something that in turn can result in a false reading, and a system that works harder than it needs to.
As much as possible, try to remove anything that could be affecting the temperature around your thermostat. This ensures your thermostat has a more accurate reading, and that your A/C isn’t on for longer than it needs to be.
Keep the curtains closed
The best way to keep your home cool? Stop the heat from getting in in the first place!
One way of doing that is with your curtains – according to some studies, certain colours and materials can reduce temperature gain by up to 33% compared to no curtains.
Really, that’s all there is to it!
… alright, so maybe it isn’t quite that simple. It’ll depend on your curtain:
- Colour – white performs best
- Material – certain materials reflect more
- Distance – the closer to the glass, the better
Even if your curtains aren’t ideal, it’s still better than nothing!
Don’t be afraid to set it to fan mode
Ever had an experience where it’s stifling inside but a full 10ºC (or more) cooler outside?
In situations like this, there’s no reason not to use mother nature’s very own in-built cooling system to ease the strain on your aircon (and on your power bill).
Opening the windows can reduce your aircon usage – if you want to speed it up, you can even set your air conditioner to “fan” mode to cycle outside air into your home.
While it still does use up energy, it uses a lot less than setting your A/C to cooling mode!
Leave the windows open overnight
Even during summer, the temperature tends to drop overnight – why not use this as an opportunity to lessen the load on your air conditioning system by using the cooler air outside to cool down your home?
This tactic can save you from having to leave the air conditioning on overnight – of course, it only works if the outside temperature is lower than the indoor temperature!
Be sure to keep close tabs on how high the outdoor temperature is relative to your indoor temperature throughout the day.
The moment outdoor heat drops below indoor temperature, turn off your air conditioner and let the outdoor temperature do the rest of the work.
Use zoning to your advantage
Do you have a ducted air conditioning system with zoning?
Zoning is one of your secret weapons when it comes to bringing down your power use. If there’s an area of the house that isn’t occupied at the moment, then don’t bother cooling it. Simple as that!
Multiple zones give you the flexibility to only use the bare minimum amount of cooling to stay comfortable, helping you to bring down your power bill.
You can even create your very own impromptu zoning by closing the doors to any rooms that aren’t being used (and which don’t have their own ducts).
Be strategic with appliance usage
Many appliances are surprisingly energy-hungry – not only can they drive up your power bill on their own, but in many cases, they can also raise the temperature inside your home, forcing your air conditioner to work overtime to keep up.
Minimise the use of these appliances to bring down the amount of money you spend on cooling – and to bring down your power bill overall.
Focus on humidity
Sometimes, it isn’t the temperature itself that’s making you so uncomfortable – it could just be the humidity having its effect.
Most reverse cycle air conditioners have a dehumidifying effect – click here to learn how that works, and how humidity affects comfort.
However, some come with a dedicated dehumidification option that does the trick much more effectively, not to mention more efficiently as well.
If yours is one of them, we suggest using it – a dry 25ºC feels a lot better than a humid 25ºC!
Is it time for a more efficient air conditioner?
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Then it might be time to talk to our team about air conditioning installation and replacement.
Whether you need help with air conditioning in North Brisbane or air conditioning in South Brisbane, with over 30 years of experience performing a wide range of air conditioning services, we’re able to ensure that you have a system that doesn’t waste power – or money.