In summer and winter, air conditioners are highly used, and this affects power bills. The costs may be so high that you wish you could do without the system altogether. But you don’t need to go to these extremes.
Regardless of how much your AC is used, there is always something you can do to minimize the costs. Here are a few tips to help keep your air conditioner costs down.
Limit The Cooling to Less Than 8 Degrees
If you want your aircon to cost less, don’t work it so hard. Obvious right?
The 8 degrees rule says that you should not try to cool your inside by more than 8 degrees compared to outside.
That means on a 30 degrees day you would not set your aircon to lower than 22 degrees. Sounds reasonable. Of course, if outside if 45 degrees then setting it at 38 does not seem cool enough.
Either way just know that for every degree you are trying to cool your inside the air con has to work about 10% harder. So the more cooling (or heating) you are asking from your aircon the more power is required, and the higher the bill will be.
Ensure Regular Servicing
When an air conditioning unit is working efficiently, it costs less to run. To make sure that yours is running efficiently, perform your own routine maintenance. Also have it serviced regularly by a professional technician.
A qualified expert will check refrigerant levels, inspect the unit for issues, check voltage connections, change air filters, and clean all coils.
Clean & Replace the Air Filters
Air filters are important part of the air conditioner. Not only to ensure that clean air is entering your room but also to prevent dust, debris, and pet hair from being blown around.
If these important components are clogged with dirt, the air conditioner is forced to work harder and in turn reduces efficiency. To prevent this from happening, they should be cleaned frequently and changed regularly according to your model’s user manual.
Ensure Condenser and Evaporator Coils Are Clear
Dirt and debris are dangerous to the cooling system. These are common if your home is surrounded by trees that drop twigs and leaves into the outdoor unit.
Ensure that these two components are clear of debris and dirt. The floor registers of a central cooling system should also be clear of furniture and dust.
Configure Your Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats help in adjusting temperatures inside the house automatically. The advantage of using them is that whether you are asleep or away from home, they will adjust the temperatures by themselves.
Check to see if your model has a programmable thermostat. If not, you may be able to install one, although this is not possible with all models, so research is needed.
With technology, you can get one that you set up using an app, even when you are away. Setting up and using these devices can help in reducing energy bills by up to 10 percent.
Upgrade Your Old / Faulty Air Conditioner
Old air conditioners just aren’t as efficient as todays models. Especially if your current one is not an Inverter type. In this case you may have to bite the bullet and upgrade to a newer model.
The same may be true if your current model is broken or faulty. When confronted with a hefty repair bill consider cutting your losses and investing that repair bill costs into the purchase of a newer more energy efficient model.