The most effective ways to reduce your AC bill this summer
Do you want to know what the most effective ways to reduce your AC bill this hot season are? We’ve put together for you the best tips and tricks from our many years of experience in the air conditioning industry. So if you want to stay on top of your energy bills, this blog post is for you. On your marks, get set, save!
We all like summer in the sunshine state! But what we dislike is how much our comfort costs us at the end of the day. In fact, according to last year’s AC statistics in our country, Aussies use their air con 4.3 hours per day on average. This means that they spend a whopping $4.6 billion on keeping cool, whether they’re home or not.
So what can you do to improve these numbers and reduce your AC bill overall?
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Shut down your AC when you are not at home
Nowadays, one of the most common concerns amongst Australian homeowners is wasted energy. Statistically, we spend around one hour per day cooling the house when nobody is at home. This may seem little but if we multiply it with the 2.3 million households that leave their AC on, it’s a clear sign we all need to make a change in our behaviour.
Remember that time is money! Therefore, don’t forget to turn off your air conditioner! Whether you use timers or programmable thermostats, be an example for yourself and for the ones around you.
Monitor and control your air con energy usage by using the Energy Rating Calculator
Together with the Energy Rating Label, this is a helpful tool to offer an estimate energy usage, especially when you’re shopping for a new AC unit. Not only that you can compare different brands and models but you can also choose the one having the lowest total cost of ownership.
For all-year comfort, choose a reverse cycle air conditioner
Did you know that reverse cycle ACs are about 2.5 times more efficient than electric bar radiators or fan heaters? As you may have already known, a reverse cycle system doesn’t just cool your home in summer but it also keeps you warm in winter. Not to mention it can reduce your AC bill, too.
Plus, they are very friendly with the environment, producing much less greenhouse gas emissions than other multi-purpose devices. This is because a reverse cycle AC uses R32 refrigerant with 66% lower global warming potential factor than the common refrigerant type (R410A).
Make sure your home is properly insulated
Another important thing to consider when it comes to air con savings is your house insulation. On average, 50% of the energy we use to cool our homes can leak out without insulation. This means your air conditioner needs to work much harder to reach and maintain the set point temperature on your thermostat.
That is why we recommend you to have the walls and ceilings properly insulated. Also, if you have unused pet doors, consider sealing them so that the heat could not sneak in.
Use a smartphone app to control your air con anytime, anywhere
Today, the world seems to revolve around smartphones. There are endless ways these smart devices help us with our daily activities and controlling our air conditioner is just one of them.
In other words, you can easily adjust any room temperature straight from your phone. Tado Smart AC Control, Air Touch control app, AirPatrol Wi-Fi, Melissa Climate or Ambi Climate are just some of the smart apps to choose from. And with their unique features leading to energy savings of up to 40%, you may never want to use the traditional AC controller again.
Don’t forget about the seasonal routine maintenance!
Finally, correct maintenance contributes to the well-being of your AC system. That is because air conditioners, same as all other home appliances, require regular maintenance for optimal performance. For instance, if the unit becomes clogged with dust particles, pollen or other impurities, it has to work much harder to cool the room. This coupled with poor air con maintenance can add between 5-20% to your energy costs.
Changing the filters should also be part of your cleaning routine. Ideally, you should clean them every month in peak summer and winter season because of their intense usage. For the rest of the year, though, cleaning them at the beginning of each season can be enough.
Remember that small changes can have a big impact on air conditioning consumption overall!
Stay tuned to find out more effective ways to reduce your AC bill in our next week’s blog post.
Until next time, stop wasting and start saving!
Your friend and AC expert,