If you live in a tropical climate, then you will agree that air conditioning has got to be one of the best things ever invented. Without it, we couldn’t even mention where sweat would travel to or collect. Not only does air conditioning cool you down, it contributes to a more efficient work environment as well. The system itself is very simple. It’s nothing more than two coils, pipes, and refrigerant. As the cooling cycle begins, the refrigerant starts to circulate where it heads to the outside unit, releases heat, and cools down it then takes a U-turn back to the inside unit and is released as the cool air that we love. Enough boring stuff, what we really want to know is how we can keep costs down.
How can you keep things economical?
If we’re not careful, the above process can leave us feeling a little pain in our wallets. What can we do to maximize energy savings? What is the most efficient temperature? Some people like to set the temperature at 16 degrees Celsius as soon as they get inside. Be careful with that because you’re asking your air conditioner unit to do a lot especially if the temperature outside is really hot. Sometimes setting it to too low of a temperature will overwork the unit because it just might not be able to reach that temperature that you have set it to. So what can you do? Some say that 24-25 degrees Celsius is the perfect temperature setting for the machine. This is a temperature that your air conditioner will be able to maintain without having to overwork. Overworking it will only mean that your power bill will be huge at the end of the month. Remember, every degree that you change can mean huge energy savings in the long run. You need to find a balance between comfort and the perfect temperature setting for the unit.
Besides the above information, there are some other practical things that can help you save on power. In the summer, make sure to use curtains, blinds, shutters or anything you can get your hands on to cover your windows, thus providing shade inside your home. Experts say this will reduce heat absorption to almost 80%.
Make sure to keep up the maintenance on your air conditioner. Depending on the model you purchase, there will more than likely be filters that are re-washable that if dirty can cause a lot of problems.
Where is your outdoor unit located? Sometimes people will maintain the indoor unit but completely neglect the outdoor unit. Remember that both units are equally important.
On a regular basis, check to make sure that your air conditioning unit is free of debris that has started to pile up around it or on it like cobwebs. Debris will stifle air flow making the machine work harder and making it use more power.
Whether it’s setting your unit to the ideal temperature or keeping up with the maintenance, there are a lot of things that can help it to work more efficiently. However, no matter how much you maintain it you will at least once a year need to call in a professional like Brisbane Air AirConditioning and Electrical to give it a thorough clean. Don’t try to do it yourself. There are electronic parts that if wet could completely destroy your air conditioner. Once cleaned, you will immediately notice a change in air quality and savings in your power bill.