How to Improve the Efficiency of My Air Conditioner?
5 Zero Cost Ways to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency
According to statistics, heating and cooling costs often make up over half of people’s utility bills. Air conditioning systems, make up a large part of that expense, especially when you keep them running in the summer months.
AC units are an essential part of every Australian home. While you won’t want to stop using them, there are many ways you can improve their efficiency and in turn, lower your energy bills. Take a look at these handy AC efficiency boosting tips.
1.Keep Vents Clean and Unblocked
One of the reasons an aircon unit starts to struggle is when the vents are full of dust and debris. Pet hair, pollen and more can get stuck in the vents and filters, which isn’t great if you have a respiratory condition. Use a vacuum and clean cloth to dust the vents and wipe over regularly with a damp cloth.
2.Close Doors and Windows While in Use
If doors and windows are open while the AC is pumping out cool air, you don’t get to enjoy it much before it’s gone again. This is a real waste of your aircon unit’s efforts and a waste of electricity! If you need to air out a room, at least close down the AC first.
3. Increase the Thermostat Temperature
Turn the temperature on your AC up a few degrees in the summer and down a few in the winter. This saves you energy and still provides a comfortable temperature. Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature when you are away from the property.
4.Keep Heat Producing Appliances at a Distance
Placing your air conditioner in a hot part of the home such as near to an appliance, a hot lamp or near to a window, decreases its overall efficiency. It will have to work a lot harder to cool the area down. If you can, move heat producing appliances away and make sure a new AC is not placed near to a window.
5.Clean the Outdoor Condenser Unit
The outdoor condenser unit needs to be free of debris to work at optimum capacity. If leaves and twigs get stuck, this can cause the unit to struggle and to start gobbling up more energy. Talk with your local air conditioning specialists to get an in-depth clean.