Using Your Air Conditioner Wisely
In Australia, heat waves are said to be the number one natural killer. Over 5,000 people have died from heat waves since the 1890s, that accounts for more than all the other naturals disaster put together.
With the recent 2018 heatwave bringing temperatures of over 40 degrees in places like Sydney, air-conditioning has been a massive help to Australians. Unfortunately, energy prices are rising, and air conditioning is becoming less sustainable. That doesn’t mean ditching your air conditioning provider, though; there are ways to keep the cool air running while saving up on energy costs. Here are a few things to consider when installing and using an air-conditioning unit.
Choosing an air-conditioning unit
When choosing a unit, check how much energy it consumes. Most air-conditioners come with energy rating labels; the higher the rating, the more energy-efficient it is. Consider the size of the room, because a unit that is too small will expend more energy trying to cool a large space. Some inverter-model air conditioners also come with variable speed drives (VSDs) that can vary the AC’s compressor speed, allowing you to control how fast it cools the room.
Cooling Your Home/Office Wisely
Analysts say the best temperature to cool your house in the summer is no less than 24 degrees Celsius. Any degree less consumes around 10 percent more energy. Only cool areas with people inside, or alternate between units instead of leaving them all on. Avoid setting your thermostat lower than necessary, as this is a massive drain on energy and will not cool your home any faster. Timers and programmable thermostats are useful tools when conserving energy, as they limit how long you use air-conditioning.
Insulate your home and make sure it’s draught-proof, to make sure cool air is retained. Perform maintenance checks on your air conditioner regularly, and see a specialist at least once a year.
Air-conditioners are useful, but minimising your energy usage can be beneficial for both your wallet and the environment.