Running your air conditioner during the summer months will raise your energy bills but these four tips can make a big difference in saving money and still staying cool.
Keep the Filter Clean
A dusty furnace filter reduces air flow. Examine the unit's air filters once a month and clean or replace filters when necessary. Keeping your filters clean can cut the energy used by 5 to 15%. Keep heat-producing appliances, such as televisions or lamps, away from the thermostat. The heat they produce can fool your thermostat into continuing to cool.
What You Do Around the House
Natural light is great, but the sun's heat can raise the temperature in your home. Make sure blinds and drapes are closed to help reduce the sun's thermal heat. If you are intent on letting the light in, install reflective film on the windows to block some of the heat. You also want to reserve heat and humidity producing tasks like cooking and doing the laundry to early morning or late evening.
Set the Thermostat to the Best Temperature
Turning your thermostat to 24 degrees Celsius is the best setting for your air conditioner during warmer months, your home will be noticeably cooler than outside and perfectly comfortable. Reducing your home's temperature to 21 degrees Celsius could increase your cooling costs by up to 47 percent. Also remember, setting it really low at first will not help your home cool faster. You will just use more energy to get it to the point you want it to be and if you forget to adjust it back you will be running your system far less efficiently.
Leaving for a Summer Vacation
Don’t turn off your air conditioner during your vacation. You want to keep the air circulating and slightly cool so it doesn't have time to condensate. This keeps the house from turning into an oven, which can impact wood doors, cabinets and flooring. Its important to keep the temperature from climbing too high. By setting your cooling at 26 degrees Celsius you will minimize the costs and eliminate the excessive heat could cause the flooring , cabinets and any other naturally wood products such as doors etc to expand or not close properly.