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7 Easy Tips to Reduce Your Air Conditioner Running Costs This Summer

reduce air conditioner running cost headerSummer has arrived and just like the last few, it’s going to be a warm one which will see Aussies turn to their trusted air conditioners to stay cool. Even more-so this year with many people still working from home.

While air conditioners are more energy efficient than ever, Aussie’s still spend approx $3.7bn a year to run their air conditioners during the summer months. So while we’re all looking forward to relaxing on the couch, watching the cricket or Netflix/Stan/Disney+, to help avoid a big power bill come March, we’ve put together 7 helpful tips to help you stay cool while also keeping your air conditioner running costs down this Summer.

Minimise The Amount of Space You are Trying to cool

Reducing the amount of space that your air conditioner is trying to cool is one of the easiest and most effective ways to stay comfortable while reducing energy use. The less space your air conditioner has to cool, the less amount of time it will need to run and the less energy it will consume. Only cool the spaces that are being used, close any open doors and block off any entrance ways that may allow the cold air to escape. This is especially important if you are trying to cool either the downstairs or upstairs area of a two storey house.

limit the light

As Aussie’s, we love the sun. Almost as much as all the indoor plants we’ve accumulated this year! It plays a hug part in our lives and gives us a nice Vitamin D boost but as it hits your windows during the day, it transfers a large amount of heat into your home. Where possible try and keep your curtains, blinds or shutters closed. This will help keep your space cooler and those few extra degrees will mean less work for your air conditioner, especially during the warmer parts of the day.

Make Use of Timers

Most split systems and ducted systems will have several timer functions allowing you to control when your unit turns on and off. Set this up to turn on only when required and be sure to activate the sleep timer when going to bed – this will stop your unit running all night long.

Keep a Constant and Reasonable Temperature

Setting your system at an excessively low temperature will mean it will have to work harder and longer to reach the set temperature and in turn, use more energy. Canstar Blue estimates that every that one degree cooler in summer adds around 10% to the amount of electricity that the air conditioner uses. IE: Setting the temperature at 22 oC instead of 24oC could cost approx. 20% more in hourly running costs.

When using cooling mode in summer, we recommend setting the temperature between 22oC and 24oC and avoid changing this during operation. This should ensure everyone’s comfortable and that you’re unit isn’t working too hard.

Check The Filters

If the filter in your split system or ducted system is dirty, your unit will be working overtime to take in sufficient air and in turn, using more energy than it should. Ensuring your filters are clean is paramount in ensuring your split system is running as efficiency as possible so give them a clean before this cold season. You can refer to your user manual for filter locations and the best way to clean them or check out our handy blog on how to clean your filters.

Seek Out Those Draughts (not the beer)

Even with the doors and windows closed, warm draughts will drastically increase room temperature – especially if it’s windy outside. To prevent these, cover up any gaps underneath your doors with a door snake and check the seals around your windowsills. While they may only be only small, all these small draughts will add up and your air conditioner will have to work harder to keep you and your space cool during summer.

Have Your Unit Serviced Regularly

Cleaning the filter of your split system or ducted unit regularly is great, however it’s also important to have your unit serviced regularly to ensure it’s running as efficiently as possible. A technician will be able to check the internal components as well as gas levels and a range of other things to ensure your unit is running at optimal efficiency going into summer.

If you’re looking for an efficient cooling solution for your home, check our range of energy efficient reverse cycle split systems or our ducted systems. Otherwise, get in touch with your local MHIAA dealer by using our stockist locator – they’ll be more than happy recommend the perfect system for your home.