It’s really nice to have some quiet time alone especially when you are creating some artwork. For people who live in countries with tropical or hot climates, air conditioning is the main cause of high electricity compared to other appliances. It can actually consume 70 percent of your electric bill, if you want to avoid this; here are some common air conditioning mistakes that people make and some workarounds to reduce your electric bills.
Buying Too Big an Air Conditioner
Bigger is not always right and better for you. Many people tend to buy a bigger air conditioner because they think that it will make their homes colder very fast. The truth is that an oversized air conditioner will not reduce humidity. You may also may also damage it by turning it on and off very quickly. An air conditioner should fit the size of the room that it’s trying to cool. If you have an art room or a work room, consider buying a portable air conditioner over centralized air conditioners to save on electricity.
Putting the Air Conditioner in a Hot Spot
It must be convenient for you to place the air conditioner in the most unused part of the house. Sometimes, this area is the place where the concentration of sunlight hits the most. Constant exposure of heat or sunlight can affect your air conditioner. This is not the best way to do it because you will overwork the machine. You can install the unit in a shady spot in your house where it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
Hiding the Air Conditioner
It may not be pretty to see the back of an air conditioner protruding out of your wall, but don’t try to hide with some shrubs or plants. It will not promote ventilation and may clog the condenser coils damaging the air conditioner in the process.
Many owners do not pay attention to basic air conditioner maintenance that can make the unit last longer and perform more efficiently. This is why they end up replacing their units every year or so.
All you need to do is to replace filters every 2 months. If you use it regularly, replace it more often. Check the evaporator coil every year and check the unit’s drain by running a stiff wire through it. Also, check the window seals around where you put the air conditioner.
Leaving the Air Conditioner Running All Day
Use a thermostat that you can program or a timer to start cooling your house before you get home from the office. This is better and more cost-effective than letting the air conditioner run the whole day. Some may say this is more expensive, but the truth is that you are saving a lot of money.
Blindly Closing Unused Vents
Closing vents and doors that leads to unused room can decrease the central air conditioning system’s efficiency. If you plan on doing this, consult an expert first and ask him which unused vents you can close in your home. It’s also good to remember to be careful about closing off any rooms with thermostat.
Turning the Temperature Way Down
If you are already comfortable at 80 degrees, you don’t need to go home one day and decide to turn it down to 60 degrees. It cannot get you to 80 degrees faster like most people believe. It will skip the part where it reaches 80 degrees and just waste energy getting to an extremely lower temperature.
As a final note, using a quality air conditioner in the first place is important. This would mean buying the right air conditioner for your needs plays a big part in ensuring that it lasts long.