The sweltering, sizzling heat has hit! With temperatures set to reach crazy new highs in Australia this summer, there’s no doubt that people are going to be using their air conditioning a bit more than usual.
However, before carelessly cranking the A.C, it’s important to consider the consequences – on both the environment and your electricity bill.
Luckily, there are a number of small implementations that make it easy to keep your usage to a minimum while still keeping cool.
Watch your temps
Having your air conditioning set between 24 and 25 degrees Celsius will conserve the most amount of energy for your home. Installing a programmable thermostat can make this easy.
Close your curtains/blinds
Keeping your curtains or blinds closed, as well as the windows behind them helps to trap the cold air and will save you from lowering the temperature in haste.
Service your unit
Getting your air conditioning unit serviced regularly will prevent leakages or faults in the system that cause cool air to be wasted.
Check your ducts
Having clean air filters in your air conditioning ducts can reduce your energy consumption by between 5 and 15%. When dirt or dust gets trapped inside the filters, it prevents the cool air from flowing through, thus making the house a lot warmer.
If no one’s home, turn it off
This might seem like an obvious one; however, a surprising amount of people leave their air conditioning on throughout the day while they’re at work or out running errands. Sacrificing the ten minutes it takes to cool your house down after you get home will save you a hefty amount of money come the next bill.
If you want to come home to a cool house every day, consider installing Advance Air’s new zoning smart technology MyAir, so that you can turn your aircon off and on via your smartphone, anywhere, anytime! It also allows you to control the airflow to every individual room in your home, and turn if off in unused rooms.