Heating or cooling your residence or workplace with an air conditioner is essential during winter lows and summer highs. But as you make your indoor environment comfortable, electricity consumption shoots up. No one likes high energy bills, so we elaborate how to reduce them.

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Manage the Temp

Set your air conditioner to 19oC in winter and 24oC during summer. As you adjust the temp, avoid going too warm in winter or too cold in summer. For every degree of cooling or heating, you do without, energy usage drops.

Shade

During summer, heat absorption can be reduced using shutters, awnings or curtains. In winter, heavy draperies keep warm air inside.  As a result, air conditioning bills plunge.

Sleeping Hours

For comfortable shut-eye during hot months, reduce the set temperature for your air conditioner to utilise less energy at night. Do the opposite in winter.

Remember the Fan

Fans circulate the cool air your air conditioner generates. They reduce the need for full-time air conditioning and provide comfy temperatures at a lower cost.

Keep It Shut

Keep doors and windows closed, or your AC will have zero effect and lead to more energy use.

Alternative Units

Window or portable air conditioning units are ideal if you want to cool only the area you’re in. They use less energy than central air and you won’t be cooling unused rooms.

Maintenance

Maintain your air conditioner regularly and clean or replace its filter to improve efficiency. A dirty filter makes an AC work harder, meaning more power consumption and higher energy costs. Once every month, do a clean-up. Make use of the manufacturer’s recommendations to avoid wasting energy and overworking your unit.

Reduce Heat Emissions

Switch off lights in unused rooms to reduce the amount of heat they emit inside your house. Remember that printers, ovens and computers radiate heat. In summer, this will increase your air conditioning costs.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Avoid the temptation to buy an AC that’s larger than what’s required by your household. Get expert advice from an air conditioning specialist to lessen your unit’s financial outlay and future energy bills.

Insulate

Correct insulation reduces the need for auxiliary heating-and-cooling systems. With little to no air conditioning, energy costs fall.

Dehumidify

In humid climates, use a dehumidifying unit to maintain comfort in sweltering temperatures and make a small air conditioner more useful.

Circulation

Good circulation around your AC, both inside and outside, is essential for max efficiency. Make sure the indoor unit isn’t blocked by furniture, curtains or fixtures, and the outdoor unit isn’t blocked by plants or debris. Poor air circulation consumes more power and damages the unit.

Replace

Replacing an old air conditioner with a newer model is smart. Newer models are cleaner and more energy efficient than old units. This ensures better air circulation.

Keep It Clean

Air conditioning units filter bacteria and dirt from the air. Therefore, they’re susceptible to clogging. Every year, hire a specialist to clean your AC and keep it in tip-top shape and efficiency.