If you live somewhere that has hot summers, you likely have an air conditioning unit in you home. When it comes to the monthly electric bill, running an air conditioner isn’t cheap. It uses a lot of energy, yet it would be hard to live without.
The best thing you can do if you want to keep using your AC unit is to ensure that it works as efficiently as possible. In this way, it will continue to do its job, but it will cost you less, and you will use less energy. It might even cool you down better.
Read on to find out what you can to make your air conditioning more efficient:
Just like any piece of machinery or equipment, if you take care of your air conditioning unit, it will work much better and be more efficient. This is why it’s crucial to organize an annual service and why, if something seems to be wrong with the machine, you hire an expert AC repair professional as soon as you can to fix the issue.
No matter whether the issue is a small one that an expert (or even you) can easily fix or a larger one that means you have to replace the unit, it’s far better to know and do something about it than to continue to use the unit in a less efficient (and potentially dangerous) way.
Keep The Sun Out
The warmer your home is, the harder your air conditioning unit will have to work, and when you allow a lot of sunlight into your property, it will be much warmer because your surfaces of your walls and even your furniture will absorb the heat. Of course, it’s lovely to have sunshine in your home, but if you want to use the air conditioning most efficiently, the best thing to do is block out as much of that sunlight as possible.
To do that, you can use blackout curtains and blinds – these are a great way to cool down your home on warm days, and you might even find you have to use the air conditioning unit a lot less, or at least on a lower setting.
Don’t Add To The Heat
As we’ve said, the warmer your home is, the more work your air conditioning unit has to do. This makes sense; it’s what it’s built for. So as well as blocking out as much sunlight as you can (when it makes sense to, of course – natural sunlight is good for our wellbeing and health, so you’ll want to ensure you get some of it), try not to add to the heat from the outside by making your home any warmer than it has to be.
An example of something that would quickly heat up your home would be your oven, so try to use it sparingly during the hottest days. Keeping a lot of electronics plugged in when they’re not in use can also heat up your home, so if you aren’t using something, unplug it and let everything cool down so that your air conditioning unit can be as efficient as possible.
*Photos by Rachel Claire