26 Feb How to avoid the burn of your air conditioning bill
How to avoid the burn of your air conditioning bill
With the recent speight of above average hot days our air conditioning units (for those lucky enough to have air conditioning) are working overtime. Air conditioning has become a necessity rather than a luxury in Queensland and as summer comes to a close the end of the 30C+ temperatures doesn’t look like ending anytime soon.
One thing is for sure though; when we receive our electricity bills the high energy bill will be reflective of the high temperatures. However, there are some ways you can still use your air conditioning and take the heat off your home and your energy bills!
For your convenience, we’ve listed some of the best ways to make some savings
1. Set to the right temperature
The less work your air conditioner has to do to maintain a temperature the lower the running cost. The most efficient temperature setting depends on the outdoor temperature. Aim for a maximum temperature difference of 8°C for heating and cooling. Setting your air conditioner to 24°C is an ideal temperature to maximise its effectiveness
2. Close windows and doors
Keeping the air where its needed means the temperature is better distributed and regulated by your air conditioner. Drawing your blinds or curtains can also help keep the heat out and the cool in.
3. Check your system’s features
Modern air conditioners can be much more efficient than older models. Many newer systems have energy efficient features such as inverter technology, smartphone remotes to keep an eye on your usage wherever you are, or zones for ducted systems. Check to see whether you are using your systems full efficiency functionality.
4. Clean and Maintain regularly
Dirty, clogged filters affect the efficiency of your unit and can affect the air quality. Have your filters cleaned and your air conditioners serviced to ensure they are working at optimum efficiency and providing your home with purified air.
5. Have the right size for your space
Air conditioning isn’t one-size-fits-all, especially in terms of energy efficiency. If your system is too big for your space it means there are shorter cycles and your unit is turning on and off more than it should. If it’s too small, it has to work harder to get the space to the correct temperature.
We hope that this has been a helpful article and that this week you’ll take steps towards improving how your air conditioner is working in your home. Sometimes it’s the small things such as regular maintenance that can save you in the long run in terms of time, money and effort.
It’s just another way you can make some strata savings.