Ways to Maximise Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

Posted in: Electrical Tips for the Home

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When the heat of the summer hits, having an air conditioning system can be a lifesaver. However, they do need large amounts of energy to run, so make sure you make life as easy as possible for your A/C unit. The following are all fantastic ways to make it easier to stay cool — whether at work or at home — and allow your air conditioning system a far easier task of keeping the temperatures down.

Close windows and doors

If you hope to get the temperature inside to a more agreeable level, make sure you prevent hot air from coming into your space via windows and doors, otherwise you will be just wasting energy with your efforts to air condition your area. Closing up your area early in the day will stop your space from heating up too much, making it easy for your air conditioner to keep a handle on your air temperature.

Close curtains, blinds and awnings

Even though air won’t stream through a closed window like it would an open one, heat can definitely make it through a window by way of streaming sunlight, so make sure you are not only closing windows and doors but also covering them up. To effectively cool down an area, you need to create a cave-like space, and unless you want to make life hard for your air conditioner, you are going to have to do without the sun if you want to be cool.

Open up at night

If you are trying to keep your home cool, once the heat of the day dies down and it starts to cool off outside, open up your windows to let all the stale, stuffy air out that has accumulated throughout the day while everything was closed up. Allowing the breeze in will help to freshen everything up and leave your air conditioner with less stuffy air to deal with tomorrow.

Make use of the storm

Often on a sweltering hot day your air conditioner will have to work hard to keep conditions inside bearable. However, should a brief storm roll through or a cool breeze pick up, you can take advantage by turning off your A/C and letting mother nature help you to cool things down. Taking advantage of any breeze or natural cooling will make life far easier for your air conditioner, and save you money on your energy bills too.

Taking it easy on your air conditioning system — and therefore your electrical services — will mean that on those days, when you really need it, your A/C will be able to come through for you with flying colours and cool you down with ease. On a lot of hot days, if you are smart about keeping your space cool, you can often get away with just a short blast for your air conditioning once in a while throughout the day. By relying on your A/C less heavily, you will be significantly lengthening its function and lifespan, and if you do start to have issues, a visit from a maintenance electrician should be able to clear things up. Being smart with your air conditioning use will allow you to be comfortable all summer long without costing you a fortune in energy.