How to Save Money Running Your Air Con

How to Save Money Running Your Air Con

Summer in Coffs Harbour can get hot. So, here’s a quick guide on how to run your air con in the most efficient way while staying cool.

Summer in Coffs Harbour can get hot, and as we all know, the temperature isn’t the only thing rising; so are our electricity bills. So, is there a way to stay cool and keep our bills under control? Absolutely! Here’s a quick guide on how to run your air con in the most efficient way.

Cleaning the Air Con Filters: Your First Step

Never underestimate the power of a clean filter. Dirty filters make your air con work double time, reflecting directly on your bill. Moreover, monthly cleaning works wonders, and it only takes a few minutes. Ultimately, clean filters are better for your air conditioner, health, and wallet.

Embrace Economy Mode

Did you know? Your air conditioner can still work well while costing you less. It’s the magic of the economy mode. Running your air conditioner in this mode slows down the compressor, thus reducing energy consumption. Economy is your go-to mode, especially if your system is working all day and night.

Seal the Cool In

The secret to reducing cooling costs is well-fitting doors, closed windows, and closed curtains. Plus, blocking the harsh sunlight with blinds really helps keep your room cool. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, blinds can cut heat gain by about 45%. That’s massive!

Insulation: An Investment Worth Making

Air leaks are notorious for elevating cooling costs by up to 25%. So, ensure your home is sealed and insulated properly to keep cold air in and hot air out. Installing insulation in your ceiling significantly affects heating and cooling costs. Moreover, sealing gaps in windows, doors, and skirtings using sealant or weather strips will make your home more comfortable and your air conditioner more efficient.

Best Air Con Temperature Settings

The sweet spot for summer is between 21 and 23 degrees Celsius, while it should be set between 22 and 25 in winter.

Regular Maintenance

Keep your air conditioning unit in top shape with timely services. For all residential systems, a minimum once-a-year service is essential; commercial systems will require more frequent servicing. Plus, regular maintenance helps you catch problems early and prevent unexpected breakdowns.

Timer or Wi-Fi: Your Secret Weapon

There’s little benefit to keeping the aircon running when you’re away. Instead, use the timer and let the system turn on just before you’re back. That way, you’re returning to a cool home without running up the bill all day. Also, newer models of air conditioners come with Wi-Fi connectivity. This means you can control your AC from your mobile phone. Moreover, these systems also have geofencing functionality that automatically switches off your AC when you leave home and turns it on when you return.

Running your Air Conditioning System with Solar power

With a correctly sized air conditioning system matched to a perfectly sized solar power system for your home, running your air conditioner at optimum temperatures during the day can reduce the running cost to zero. Consequently, when you return home, your home will be at a very comfortable temperature.

Upgrade Your Air Con and Save

If your air conditioner is older, it might be time to replace it. Newer models can be significantly more energy-efficient. Check out the energy-efficiency ratings (look for the ZERL label) and go for one that scores higher. After all, it’s all about maintaining a balance between comfort and cost.

If you’d like advice on the best air conditioning unit and how to run it, chat with our friendly Harbourside Refrigeration & Air Conditioning team today.

 

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