Air conditioning efficiency is crucial to stay comfortable in warmer months without breaking the bank with your energy costs. Here's how to make sure you get the maximum benefit from your system.
1. Select a Sensible Temperature Setting
Far too often air conditioning is seen as a system to make a room cold. The main aim of air conditioning is to make the room comfortable. If there is an outside temperature of 90º, walking into a room set at 65º is too much of a change. Ideally you should have the room temperature set at a level that feels neither hot nor cold. Increasing the internal temperature to 72º will make the room much more comfortable and reduce the demands being made on your cooling units. The same comparison can be made for heating systems except that the extremes of temperature cannot be so easily avoided. If it is 32º outside you will still need to have 72º inside.
2. Keep All Filters Clear
If you have cooling units that are mounted at floor level, on a patio for example, it is easy for things to be blown up against the grills and filters. Check them regularly.
3. Regular Maintenance
If you are using your air conditioning on a daily basis you should have the system checked at least four times a year. Of particular importance is maintaining the coolant gas levels. If gas starts to leak the units have to work a lot harder to maintain the set temperatures. Eventually the gas levels will be too low to create the pressure necessary to achieve cooling.
4. Open Doors and Windows
When you have doors and windows open it makes sense to either turn the air conditioning down or off altogether. If your air conditioning can be isolated to individual rooms, close the rooms with windows open and turn off the air conditioning in those rooms.
5. Ducted Air Conditioning
Ducted air conditioning does not need to be available in all rooms in the house. Close ducts in bedrooms during the day when they are not in use. This will ease the strain on the air conditioning units and cut your electricity costs. It is also important to ensure that ducts are kept clear so that the air has a free run when required.
6. Use the Thermostats
Don’t have the air conditioning working if the house is empty. If you are leaving the house for several hours you can turn the air conditioning levels down to ease the demand. If the house is closed up the temperature will remain fairly stable for quite a long time before rising or falling to match outside temperatures.
Many people believe that if they have air conditioning they have to use it. There are several months in most years when the temperatures do not present a problem. Spring and autumn can be very pleasant and being comfortable might require wearing an extra garment or one less. At these times it is often possible to manage quite well with a small heater or fan in the rooms you are using.