All the appliances within your home will generate heat and continually drain your energy usage. To keep temperatures down, unplug your computer, toaster, and any other electronics that you are not using. This will help reduce the temperature, which will reduce the pressure on fans and the cooling system.
We understand that your appliances may only use a small amount of energy on standby, but this amount will add up over the summer which can make a significant difference to your energy bill.
Replacing your air filter is a quick but effective task to ensure your air conditioner is working smoothly. If your cooling equipment is blocked with a dirty filter, it will obstruct its ability to absorb heat. Replacing an old filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy use by up to 15%.
The filter should be changed every 4-8 weeks and even more frequently if the unit is consistently being used. Pet hair and dust buildup are both elements that can cause blocked and dirty filters.
Single room conditioning units will have a filter mounted in the grill that faces into the room. In central conditioning units, you can find the filter somewhere along the length of the return duct. Common locations are in walls, ceilings, or in the air conditioner itself.
In the summer, you should set your thermostat as high as possible as every degree of extra cooling will increase your energy consumption by 6-8%. It is more beneficial to keep the house warm during the day whilst it is unoccupied and lowers the temperature when people are home.
Additionally, you should not lower the thermostat whilst the air conditioning is turned on as it will not cool the house down any quicker, it will simply add to your energy costs.
Bonus tip – Invest in a smart thermostat to make temperature changes simple. Smart thermostats ensure peak efficiency and are simply Wi-Fi enabled. They are a fantastic way of setting the temperature before you get home or whilst you sleep.
An energy-efficient dehumidifier works great alongside air conditioning to reduce the humidity within your home. This also assists the conditioning unit, so it does not have to work as hard to reduce humidity and cool the room.
If your conditioning unit works too hard it may break which will result in expensive regular maintenance or replacements.
As the energy crisis continues into the summer, energy costs are becoming increasingly expensive. If you think you are paying too much for your energy consumption or you are entering renewal, contact one of our energy experts today to switch energy suppliers today.