During the hot summer days is when your air conditioning unit works its hardest. It can be a challenge to use the A/C as much as you need to in this time while keeping your energy bills to an affordable level, a challenge but not impossible. In the following article we will look at ways to maximise the efficiency of your air con unit while increasing the comfort it provides, saving energy and ultimately saving you money.
Call Out An AC Professional
It is important that your air conditioner is properly tuned, cleaned and inspected by a fully insured, qualified and licensed AC professional, like those who work for ADK.co.uk in the London area.
Check The Filters
You should check the air filters on your air con system at least once a month and replaced them as soon as you know they need to be. During summer is when it is most important that you follow through on this task, as allergens and dust circulate on a greater scale. When a filter is clogged, the system has to work even harder to give the same amount of cool air.
It should be noted that not only is replacing filters one of the most effective ways to save money and conserve energy while using your AC. Consider it as similar to changing your car’s oil, it’s a vital step to keeping your air conditioner in good working condition for as long as possible.
Keep Your Air Conditioner In A Shaded Area
As simple as it sounds, it is also very effective – by keeping your air conditioner in a shaded area, it will run a lot more efficiently. This is because the air in a shaded area is cooler than the air in the surrounding air, which as a result means the air conditioner will not have to work as hard to cool the air.
Keep The Thermostat Away From Heat
It is important that you are careful not to place any heat producing appliances such as TVs, lamps etc. near the thermostat. Thermostats can sense heat which can cause the air con to work and run for much longer than is actually needed. When you install a new thermostat try to keep it in a place where it is not going to come into contact with direct sunlight.
Consider Investing A Programmed Response
If you find it hard to always remember to tweak the thermostat before you leave for work or are going out of the house for a long period, you should consider purchasing a smart thermostat or at least a programmable one.
Is IT Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner?
It may be that your old air conditioner is not working as efficiently as it should. You should consider replacing it with a more energy efficient model. Although they are more expensive, you will save a lot of money in the long run.
Get The Most Benefit From Your Fans, If You Have Any
If you have ceiling fans in your home, during summer switch them to run counter-clockwise. This will help to push the cool air downwards.
Install Special Window Films To Save More Energy
One fairly simple and effective way to conserve energy and save money when using your air conditioner is by installing a special tint or film on your window. This will keep your home warmer during winter as well as keeping it cool during summer.