Despite the constant rain we seem to be experiencing lately, it has most certainly still been warm! So, for those of you lucky enough to have air conditioning, we bet it’s been put to good use lately, yes?

However, we also bet that you’ve been concerned about the energy bills that go with it – something we’re all conscious of these days. Well, we’ve got a few tips to help keep those bills down whilst still allowing you to use your air con and keep cool!

Switch off your machine at night – simple, yet effective for keeping those bills down. Allow the space to cool during the day and take advantage of the cooler night temperatures to keep it cool at night. Turn off the air con and crack open a window instead, if you’re lucky you’ll even get a breeze! Running your equipment all day and night can be costly, so keep it on when the temperature is at its highest, and switch it off once it drops at night.

Use thermostats and timers – keep in control of the temperature and the cost! Keep the temperature set at a comfortable level so that it isn’t working too hard and running up high energy bills. Try to keep it set around 20 – 24 degrees Celsius if this is comfortable for you; each degree you can do without losing you are saving money! Also, consider using a timer to control when the equipment is on and off – don’t leave it on for longer than necessary because you aren’t there to switch it off.

Create some shade – letting the sun pour in through open blinds and windows is asking for the room to heat up! So make sure you keep blinds shut and block out the sun when it’s at its hottest during the day. This can have a significant impact on the temperature of the room and keep it much cooler and more comfortable.

Turn off electrics not in use – you might not have considered this, but electrics let off heat. Things such as lamps, computers, televisions etc. all emit heat and cause your air con to work harder, which in turn increases your energy bill! So if they aren’t in use, simply switch them off! Also keep in mind using your oven can increase the temperature, so if you’ve got a BBQ and it’s a nice day, why not cook and dine outside?!

These are a few things you can do to help keep the cost of running your air conditioning equipment down this summer! Make sure you keep it at a level that is comfortable to you and remember, if you need some service or maintenance, then don’t hesitate to give us a message!