When the weather warms up, having an air conditioning system can be a lifesaver. Air conditioners are traditionally known for their high power consumption, but cooling your home doesn’t have to break the bank, with these tips you can save money and stay comfortable.
Close windows and doors
If you are trying to reduce the temperature inside your home, make sure you prevent hot air from coming in through windows and doors, otherwise you will be just wasting energy. By closing internal doors to isolate the area you would like to cool is also a great idea. Closing up your area early in the day will stop your space from heating up too much, making it easy for your air conditioner to keep a handle on your air temperature.
Close curtains, blinds and awnings
The sun streaming in through your windows will quickly heat up the air within your home, particularly the hot afternoon sun in summer. By closing curtains, blinds and awnings before the sun hits the window, you can reduce the increase in air temperature and reduce the work for your air conditioner.
Open up at night
Once the heat of the day dies down and it starts to cool off outside, open up your windows to let the stuffy air out that has accumulated throughout the day while everything was closed up. Allowing the breeze in will help to freshen everything up and leave your air conditioner with less warm air to deal with tomorrow.
Make use of the storm
Often on a sweltering hot day your air conditioner will have to work hard to keep conditions inside bearable. However, should a storm roll through or a cool breeze pick up, you can take advantage by turning off your Air Conditioner and making the most of any breeze.
Clean your air conditioner
The filters in your air conditioner require regular, thorough cleaning. They should be vacuumed, rinsed with water and allowed to thoroughly dry before returning them to the air conditioning unit.
You should also remove any leaves, dust, dirt and debris trapped in the outside unit. Debris can obstruct the fan from turning, causing it to overheat.
The best thing you can do to ensure your air conditioner runs efficiently is to book a regular air conditioning service. Scheduling a professional to do your air conditioner service also means it’s done at a time that suits you and greatly reduces the likelihood of having to try and find someone to deal with a breakdown on short notice.