How to save energy when using your AC system

A high-quality air conditioning unit is the perfect way to create a comfortable climate in your home. But, with the increased use of energy-consuming appliances, comes bigger bills.

energy saving tipsDid you know that there are several things that you can do to save money on your air conditioning bill? Check out some of our favourite tips and tricks below to help you save energy and money when using your AC.

 

Choose the right AC system

The first step to getting the best bang for your buck with your AC system is picking the right one! It is important to select a system that suits your needs and is not unnecessarily costly. You can check out our handy guide to selecting the right AC system here. 

Check the energy rating

Air conditioners vary when it comes to energy consumption, so make sure to do your research before purchasing. Aircon units are included in the Energy Rating System, which rates products from one to six depending on their energy efficiency.

Maintain your thermostat

It is always a good idea to learn how to use your thermostat properly and in a way which saves you money. It is far more energy-efficient, and therefore, economical to set the thermostat at a comfortable, mid-range temperature rather than pumping it up high as soon as you feel hot. Allowing the system to steadily decrease the temperature uses less energy and places less of a strain on your air conditioner system. As a result, you’ll end up with some extra dollars in your pocket.

Use a fan 

People often forget just how energy efficient fans are. Not only are they cheap to run, but they also produce the lowest greenhouse gas emissions out of all cooling products and reduce the temperature of a room by as much as three degrees. If you can handle the climate without the AC on, a fan is the way to go.

Look after the refrigerant 

The refrigerant in your air conditioner is important in allowing your AC system to run smoothly and effectively. If the refrigerant is not properly charged, it can damage the compressor and trigger an expensive repair. This can also increase your energy use as the system is not operating at optimum efficiency. If you notice that the vents are discharging room temperature air, even after the system has been running for at least fifteen minutes, you may need your refrigerant charging. If that doesn’t seem to be the problem with your unit, you may also need a top-up if the system has had a leak.

Clean the coils 

The condenser coils on the outside units can easily become clogged up with dirt, dust and other debris which make your AC unit work harder to pump out cool air, increasing energy consumption and making your bill extra pricey. It is well worth checking if there is any dirt or garden debris clogging up the coils to improve airflow and help the system operate more efficiently. If you find that the coils are clogged, be sure to clean them as soon as possible.

Clean and replace filters 

Similarly to the coils of an Ac unit, filters can become clogged with dirt and debris. While filtering these particles from the system is the primary function of this component, a dirty filter becomes almost useless and can force the system to work harder to maintain the temperature. Most manufacturers recommend that filters are changed every four to eight weeks. However, you may be able to extend the lifespan of your filters by cleaning them. Taking out the filter and removing any lint and other large debris as regularly as possible will not only increase the life of your filters but will also make your AC as energy-efficient as possible.

Contact HunterCon today!

If you follow these handy tips, you’ll be sure to save money on your electricity bills and feel comfortable in your home all year long. If you have any questions about getting the most out of your air conditioner or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with HunterCON today. With over nine years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air-con and electrical services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

Are you interested in learning more about air conditioning and electrical at HunterCON? Check out some of our other great blog posts: 

How to improve the air quality of your home 

7 obvious signs your AC system needs servicing 

How can an updated AC system add value to your home? 

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