Do you know if you’re using your air conditioning unit effectively? Truth is, many aren’t, and this can result in not only uncomfortable environmental temperatures but also pricey energy bills! However, don’t worry too much as there are some great tips below that can help you achieve faster cooling, way more comfort, less energy wastage and therefore reduced energy bills.
Is Your AC Unit the Right Size?
Many rooms/offices aren’t using the correct sized unit; if your unit is too big or too small for the environment it’s in then it won’t work as effectively as it should. AC windows all have a British Thermal Unit (BTU) rating, and, for every square foot of room space 20 BTU is needed, plus an additional 600 BTU for each person who will be regularly in the room. It’s important to ensure your unit is the correct size for the space it’s in, otherwise you could be wasting huge amounts of energy and money.
Don’t Open Windows & Doors!
One of the most common mistakes people make on hot days is opening windows/doors to let in fresh air while their AC unit is on. Doing this massively impacts how the unit works and will mean it will be so much less effective at cooling and maintaining temperature. Ensure all doors and windows are kept closed when you are using your air con otherwise, you’re not only wasting massive amounts of energy, but also significantly adding to your energy bill.
Use a Fan too!
The majority of people seem to think it’s either/or when it comes to air con units or fans, but actually, they can be most effective when used together. Cool air tends to accumulate in the space where it is ‘blown out’, therefore usually right in front of the air con unit; using a fan simultaneously helps to circulate this cool air around the room, creating a consistent temperature throughout.
Change Your Filter
You might live in the cleanest home or work in the cleanest office, but you will still have particles floating around that could get sucked into the unit during operation. Air con units are fitted with filters that work to stop these particles causing operating problems, however, as with any filter they can become ‘clogged’ and therefore inefficient. Not changing your filter regularly can result in an increase of around 15% to your energy bill!
Be Consistent with Maintenance
Another common mistake made is not ensuring air con units are maintained properly and regularly. Regular maintenance ensures your unit works fully efficiently and can also increase its lifespan, therefore saving you money in both the short and long term. If regular maintenance just doesn’t fall within your budget, then ensure if you notice anything a little different with your unit like a strange noise, smell, or water dripping from it, you get it checked out as soon as possible.
These are just a few tips to help you get the most from your air conditioning unit, if you need professional support or to organise regular maintenance then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.