All of us know how air conditioners can be huge power-guzzlers in the summers. However, they are also vital and indispensable to beat the heat as the temperature soars.
What we tend to forget though is that as the temperature rises – the efficiency of the air-conditioner also goes down significantly. However, there are a few tips and tricks that you can adopt to make your AC more efficient. They will not only help you reduce your electricity bills, but will also reduce your overall energy consumption while making your AC function more efficiently.
1. Choose wisely: Choosing between a split and window AC can be detrimental in deciding the efficiency of your air-conditioner. Split ACs are generally believed to be more efficient due to the difference in insulation. The design of the window air conditioner allows outdoor heat to enter, thus decreasing the overall efficiency of the unit.
2. Keep the curtains closed: This is an effective tip to significantly decrease the load on your air-conditioner. Even though natural lighting can help reduce your lighting costs, it’s advisable to keep the curtains closed during daytime to keep direct sunlight from entering the house. This can reduce the amount of work that your cooling unit will have to do. Further, you can open the drapes/curtains in the evenings to allow hot air to escape through the window.
3. Getting rid of hot air: Getting rid of the hot air in your house will help your air conditioner to perform more effectively. A small exhaust fan can be installed in the kitchen to expel the hot air which is produced while cooking. Another option is to install a floor fan, which can be placed in any corner of the kitchen. The fan will not only cool the air, but also help expel the hot air from the kitchen area. Also, make sure that you don’t place lamps, TV sets, or other heat-producing appliances near the thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat, which will cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
4. Keep your air-conditioner out of the sun: This is an important factor to make your AC function properly. Air in a shaded space is cooler than the surrounding air, which means that the air-conditioner will have an easier time cooling the air. A shed can be placed on top of the unit to keep sunrays away from it. You can also plant shrubs or trees around the unit so that it cools more efficiently.
5. Keep the temperature higher at night: The same level of cooling is not required at night. Try turning your AC down (by increasing the temperature) during sleep hours. You can also utilize the “sleep mode” which will lower the output of the AC based on a timer.
6. Check and replace the filters: The air filters should ideally be checked and replaced once every month. This is especially crucial during the summers when dust and allergens circulate. If the filter is clogged, the unit will have to work harder to supply the same amount of cool air. This is also one of the easiest and most effective ways to amp up the efficiency of your unit, and conserve both energy and money.
It can be tough to survive the summers without our beloved air conditioners. However, they can also lead to high levels of energy consumption and thus huge electricity bills. We hope you can incorporate some of these tricks in your daily schedule and make your unit function more effectively.