The average home in Australia spends hundreds of dollars on energy bills every year. As summer temperature starts rising, the humidity makes it worse to live and work even in your indoor environment. Then turning your air conditioner on becomes an absolute must that adds up to your energy bills. However, with some effective measures, you can still stay cool as well as save money on your energy cost.
Using your air conditioner wisely and properly will help you cut back unnecessary energy use while saving money. Here are some tips you may consider to help you keep your energy bills as low as possible on your air conditioner:
Use a programmable thermostat
Using a programmable thermostat to set desired temperatures differently during day and night as well as when you are out can save energy considerably. When you are home, 25-26 degree Celsius is normally considered the ideal temperature to balance energy cost and comfort. Maintaining air movement by using ceiling or room fans is also helpful, allowing the thermostat to set higher. When you are away, you can turn up your thermostat setting or switch it off.
Keep your air filter clean
With dirt or dust accumulated on the AC’s filter, air can’t pass properly, making your AC’s motor work harder that eventually results in higher energy consumption. So whether you have a window unit or a central AC, it is important to clean your air filter regularly and change it every three months.
Have regular maintenance
Many homeowners simply let your AC units running without realising that they need regular maintenance to boost efficiency, just like a routine car servicing. Air conditioning service is highly crucial to check and fix any evolving problems timely, including changing the air filter, cleaning the coils, sealing leaky ducts, etc, that primarily helps make your unit energy-efficient and prevent extensive repairs as well.
Replace older AC
Air conditioners don’t last forever. Your AC’s performance reduces overtime. So if your air conditioning system is old enough, replacing it should save you money, while also increasing efficiency, comfort and healthfulness for your home.