If you are the type who can’t bear summer heat, chances are you end up making your AC slog day and night. Well, modern ACs are built to last long and take the abuse of long working hours. All it wants essentially is a steady power supply, and it will continue to do what it does. But that steady supply of electricity is not too friendly on your pocket. That’s a tantrum that ACs have that you can’t get around.
ACs aren’t cheap. And the cost of running an AC isn’t cheap either. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Running ACs for prolonged hours should not cost you a fortune. Many a times, people end up paying more on electricity bills in just one season than the cost of the AC itself. Crazy right? But that’s true and a very common scenario. So, here are some expert tips to help you curb your electricity bills drastically when using AC.
Set the temperature between 24 to 26 degrees Celsius
The average comfortable room temperature is around 24 to 25 degrees Celsius. We guarantee that you will feel alright working, sleeping, or pretty much doing anything within these temperatures. So, setting the temperature to somewhere between 24 to 26 degrees will stop the AC from working overtime and save you a huge amount of money. In fact, you can save up to 30% of electricity when you operate your AC at 24 degrees as compared to 18 degrees.
Insulate your room and windows
Use window blinds, heavy, dark curtains to prevent direct sunlight or heat to enter your room. That ways, your room can get cooled faster and your AC will need to work lesser to keep it cool.
Buy the right AC for the size of your room
Consider the size (and location) of your room and buy the recommended tonnage of AC. Buying a smaller AC for a large room or a room that receives direct sunlight or is at the top floor can overwork the AC, causing it to consume more electricity than it should. Buying a larger AC for a smaller room doesn’t harm much but large ACs might be an overkill for a small room. And larger ACs are more expensive. So, you got to do your homework before buying the right sized AC for your room.
Regular maintenance of your AC
Just like a well-oiled and serviced vehicle gives better mileage, a well maintained AC (or anything for that matter) will work smoother and cool faster and more efficiently. Clean the filters regularly, perform regular checks to ensure your AC works smoothly.
Schedule Yearly Professional Checkup
To ensure your units are running at peak efficiency, get them serviced professional at least once in a year….ideally before the onset of the summer season.
Turn your AC OFF when not in use
Plug your AC off when not in use. Well of you use your AC multiple times during the day, you do not need to do that. But if you are not using it for a day or longer, then it’s a good practice to switch it off from the plug or simply unplug.