Increase the Efficiency of your Air Conditioner
Four tips to help increase your overall air conditioner efficiency over time
When you live in Perth, you become very familiar with the heat of summer. It’s an oppressive heat – a heat that seems to drag on for days – even weeks. It makes us sweat, stick to our chairs and keeps us up at night.
Using your air conditioner becomes more than just a luxury
It becomes a necessity, a reprieve from the 3 month furnace. However, electricity prices are rising, which really puts the squeeze on a lot of Western Australian families. It’s not surprising that some people are thinking twice about switching on their air conditioning systems.
But that’s not really feasible, is it? It’s just too damn hot! But there is a way to keep your energy bill down while still using your AC. If that sounds good to you, keep reading, because in this blog we are going to look at ways to make your AC more energy efficient.
1. Keep your house cool
There’s more than one way to skin a cat and there’s more than one way to keep your home cool. You don’t need to rely solely on your air conditioner – here are some other methods.
Blinds – During the heat of the day, you should close all your windows and pull the blinds to prevent heat from entering your home.
Windows – Conversely, at night, open your windows up and allow the wonders of thermodynamics to naturally ventilate the heat that has built up during the day.
If you follow these tips your house will be cooler, so when you switch on the AC, you won’t have to crank up the thermostat to feel comfortable.
2. Maintenance and repair
At least once a year, you should have your system serviced by a qualified technician. This is important because it will ensure that your AC is running as efficiently as possible. A system that is looked after will also last longer.
While the technician will clean the unit and inspect it for any problems, it is worth looking out for two of the biggest culprits for increased energy use. They are dirty filters and leaks.
3. Dirty filters
Your filter removes particles from the air stream, which makes the AC more efficient. However, the downside to this is that it gets dirty and clogged up with debris. When this happens, it’s not working as well as it should and your unit has to work harder to compensation, which means it’s chewing up more electricity.
Your filter should be replaced, at the very least, once a year before summer. This will also get done when you get a service. Regardless, you should check it every few months to see how dirty it is.
4. Leaking air ducts
If you have an air conditioning system with ducts that carry the air around your home, you need to check that you’re not losing cool air (and therefore electricity) through a leak.
Yes, a technician will inspect your ducts during the yearly service, but it’s worth paying attention to because it can cost you a lot of money. Routinely check your ducts for any leaking air. Any leaks should easy to find because there will be cold air blowing out from the ducts. The most common area to find a leak is around joint. If you find one, call a technician as soon as possible to get it repaired. It will save you money in the long run
Saving money by making your air conditioner more energy efficient is not a difficult task. By implementing these easy steps, you should see a noticeable reduction on your next energy bill.