Air conditioners are required everywhere these days. With the beginning of the summer season, you might be looking for ways to keep your home cool without turning on your air conditioner. There are ways to keep your rooms cool without AC but when the temperature rises above 35 degree Celsius mark you need to switch on your AC. Using an AC raises your electricity bill, but there are ways to optimize your usage and save on your energy bill.
Install a Window AC
If you want don’t want to cool your entire home, but only a single room, then you should install a window AC or wall mount AC. Both these AC’s come as portable units can be easily installed in smaller places and provide enough cooling to cool your entire room. Portable units consume 50 percent less energy than the central air conditioner unit required to cool the same area.
Use the Right Size of AC
If you try to cool a large room with a 1 ton AC, it will take more time to cool and consume more energy as compared to a 1.5 ton AC. Therefore, it is better to use the correct size of AC according to the size of your room as it will cool your room faster and save on your energy bill.
Use Energy Efficient Models
Air Conditioners come with an energy consumption rating. The models which consume less energy are more expensive than those which consume more energy. Buying an expensive with higher energy efficiency AC will save you on electricity bills in the long term. You can also choose air conditioner depending on your business or residential needs.
Insulate your Ducts Properly
Make sure that the ducts of your home are properly insulated so that the cool air does not leak out of your room. Any type of spaces under the doors and in the window slits can lead to leakage of cool air leading to more cooling time and energy consumption.
Make Use of Fans
Air Conditioners take time to circulate the cool air inside your room. Using a fan for some time with your AC is a good idea, as a fan quickly circulates the cool air in your room. This cools your room faster than using AC alone. Moreover, fans use less energy than your AC; therefore using them for cooling of your room for some time would save on energy consumption.
Remove Heat-Generating Appliances
Electrical appliances like refrigerators, computers, lamps, etc. should not be placed near the AC. As the thermostat in an AC is sensitive to heat, it will sense the heat generated from these appliances and make the AC run longer thereby consuming more energy. So it is better to move these appliances to another room or place them away from the AC.
Keep the Windows and Doors Closed
Make sure that all your windows and doors are closed while using AC for cooling of your room. Use automatic closing doors as hot air enters and cool air leaves your room whenever a door is opened. Even if you open the door for a few seconds, cool air leaves the room. Therefore, it is better to use automatic closing doors, so that they remain closed thereby retaining cooling of your room.
Servicing your AC
You need to service your AC regularly as dust gets collected in the filter thereby hampering the flow of air. You need to clean and replace the filters at regular intervals which help in faster cooling and reducing energy consumption. Regular aircon servicing & repair keeps your AC is perfect condition and serve you longer.
Summer season has already been started in Singapore. So if you are planning to start your AC this summer, these energy consumption tips will definitely help you save on your electricity bills while keeping you cool.