Many people consider air conditioning to be a necessity for homes, places of work, and businesses. Central air conditioners help to cool indoor spaces to required specifications. At the same time, they dehumidify the air. They cool by absorbing cooler air from the outside and bringing it in, while simultaneously exporting warm air from the interior back outside. Split ACs require components to be both indoors and outdoors to achieve the desired cooling effect. Packaged AC's, conversely, are housed all together and are placed outdoors. A big push for efficiency and cost-savings has urged the production of more energy-efficient models that save users money when running their units. Still, the cost of using an AC unit can be substantial, especially when/where continued use is required.
Air Conditioning can be costly, but it's a luxury that most people are unwilling or unable to give up. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to minimise expenditure. First and foremost, replacing an older unit with one that has a higher EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) can help to defray substantial cost. When given the option, you may decide to use a smaller window or portable air conditioner that allows you to cool separate spaces as needed. People sometimes reserve air conditioning for bedrooms or places where the majority of time is spent.
A temperature of 78 Degrees Fahrenheit (25.5 Degrees Celsius) is a recommended temperature to keep your unit working at a good pace without taxing it. Additionally, it is recommended to keep the desired temperature a little higher than normal during sleeping hours. The unit has less of a job to do and you are unlikely to feel the slight difference of a few degrees when asleep. If desired, you can move furniture/room arrangements to be in the direction of the vent flow. The resulting blast gives you cool air directly instead of only having exposure to the ambient room temperature.
Many people choose to turn off the air conditioning unit when they’re not at home, or at least turn it up to a temperature that makes it more or less idle. Much of a house's heat comes from the sun's powerful heat- through windows and on the roof. Therefore, you can extract even more savings if you minimize light, especially that which enters through undraped windows. Additionally, you can plant trees and shrubs around the perimeter and close to the exterior AC unit to shield from the effect of the sun.
Considering the movement of air- cool air falls and warm air rises- it may be advantageous to close vents in the lower parts of the home so cold air can enter the room at the top level and then fall. More so, utilising the action of fans to circulate the air conditioned air can make it feel as if the AC unit is set to a lower temperature. Avoiding excessive stove/oven cooking can also keep the temperature from getting uncomfortable during especially hot days.
Finally, regular maintenance is vital to improving the effectiveness and longevity of an air conditioner. This includes timely replacement of the filters which can become clogged, impeding air transfer. Insulating ducts in areas like the attic, which aren't air conditioned, can also help to improve the efficiency of the system.
The first step is to find an air conditioning unit that will adequately, efficiently, and cheaply (relatively) cool your space. After that, you're free to decide what money-saving techniques will work for your home to keep the resulting bill low. If you are still yet to buy one, we have reviewed the best air conditioners on the market today to help you make a solid decision.
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