How to get the best out of your air con unit and keep the costs down
Here are our top tips for keeping you cool at home with your air con whilst minimising the impact on your wallet and the environment:
What temperature should you set your air con at?
Whilst it's tempting to blast the cold air, this isn't very energy efficient, so we would recommend setting your unit to around 18-19ºC, which most people find comfortable.
Use your smarts!
Most modern air conditioning units come armed with various smart tech. Whether it's remote control over your smart thermostats or intuitive AI and timers you can just set, sit back and relax.
Keep it clean
Regular servicing and changing your air filters helps to save energy whilst removing dust particles which can prevent damage to your unit.
While you were sleeping…
Adjust the temperature at night when you're sleeping. Even consider letting mother nature pick up some of the slack by opening a few windows when the air is already cooler which will stop your unit from working when it doesn't need to be.
All a bit shady…
Sounds obvious but closing blinds or pulling curtains too can have a huge impact in lessening how hard your air-con unit works saving you energy and money.
The heat is on…
Limit heat-emitting appliances where you can. All of our day to day essential appliances emit more heat than you’d think causing your air conditioning to work harder. Turn off any TVs, computers, printers, tumble dryers where you can and save on your energy bill and on your wallet.
Location, location, location
Consider where you place your thermostat. If it's too near to heat-producing appliances or sunny widows it will have an impact on how it accurately gauges the overall temperature of the space you are trying to cool, again, making your air con work harder.
It may seem counterproductive, but insulation does more than just keep the cold out; it also helps to keep the cool in. Seal gaps in windows and doors or consider a more permanent solution of cavity wall insulation, loft insulation or energy-efficient windows.
Learn to switch off
Take the hassle out of remembering to switch off your air conditioning and set your smart controls, especially if you know you are not home at certain times. And don’t forget, with all that smart tech you can turn off (or on) your unit remotely.