Effective Tips to Cool Your Apartment with Less Electricity.
Truly, with our A.C. we can not suffer from stuffiness, instead, can enjoy our cool and comfortable microclimate.
Wait...! But what about the High Electricity Bills that come at the end of the month?Even if we are aware of the high energy bills, it is very hard for us to resist the temptation to turn on the air conditioning and let ourself be prey to the cold and relaxation that the cold air offers us.
Yes, you can have a glass of cold water, an ice cream or maybe an ice tea to get yourself cool down in the summer, without having to turn on the air conditioning.
But when the temperatures go crazy every day or you find that you are swimming in a hot saucepan because of humidity, using of the air conditioner becomes a necessity!
And even if we knew that the value of the electricity bill would reach quite high, we would certainly never have the willpower to turn it off!
But did you know that there are ways you can optimize your air conditioning consumption?
Here are some suggestions that will help keep your apartment cool and could also help in reducing the amount of your monthly electricity bill.
Wash Air Filter Periodically
The filter of the indoor unit is a special mesh under the front panel of the air conditioner through which air is drawn in.
It is there so that your device does not become clogged and dust does not get into it.
Gradually, dust accumulates on the grid and begins to interfere with the operation of the A.C. which may lead to low cooling. And if ignored for more days, it can lead to more serious problems.
Therefore, a better option for you is to wash your A.C. filters periodically. The frequency depends on, in which room the air conditioner is installed and how much dust and dirt is in the air.
It is very easy to remove the filters and you do not require any tools for it. But still I would recommend to go through with the user manual for safety purposes.
Once you have your filter handy, rinse it with a jet of water, and then dry thoroughly before you attach it back.
Service Heat Exchanger Once A Year
For your A.C. to work in optimum performance, you should make sure that you clean and service the heat exchanger at least once a year. I recommend doing so, just after the winter ends, in this way your unit can last without any issues in the summer time.
Also, if you start your A.C. after a period of 4-5 months of winter, without any prior cleaning, then it may create some serious problems. Because in all these months dust can accumulate inside the A.C.
To clean the radiator, you need to open and remove the front grill of the air conditioner, remove the filters, and then with the help of a brush or vacuum cleaner, clean the edges of the heat exchanger.
Care must be taken to not to damage the device or cut into sharp edges.
Don't Forget the Outdoor Unit
In addition to all the necessary measures that you will be taking for your indoor unit, you must not forget to take care of the cleaning for the external one.
Air conditioner manufacturers recommend servicing the unit at least once a year, but you can surely do more than once if you can. Here also the same principle applies i.e. making sure to service the unit just after the winter is over so that it can work without any problem throughout the summer.
When cleaning, you should detach the grate, clean the internal parts with a vacuum cleaner.
If you cannot clean the device yourself, it is better to call specialists.
Set A Reasonable Temperature
Normally, users tend to turn on the air conditioner immediately to the lowest level to cool down, but it is really an unnecessary waste. In fact your body may not be able to adapt to this sudden change of temperature, which could lead to the possibility of a cold or respiratory illness.
Also, no matter how much low temperature you set on the appliance, the temperature of the air almost remains the same.
Remember, the temperature that you set on the device is actually the target temperature that your appliance tends to achieve after a duration of time.
So, if you have a habit of suddenly setting the temperature to around 16° Celsius or so, then it does not mean that you will get the air temperature of 16° Celsius, as mentioned above it will be the target room temperature that your A.C. will tend to achieve and obviously you would not want this temperature to be your room temperature - right?
Moreover, according to general statistics, every 5 degrees Celsius reduction is equivalent to an air conditioner consuming about 40% more electricity.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Summer rays streaming through a window into the house will increase the temperature in the room. This will make your appliance need more time to cool the room to the desired temperature, leading to higher power consumption.
The easiest way to avoid this, is by keeping your doors and windows closed when you turn it on during the day.
Use a Combination of Electric Fans & A.C.
Every time you turn on the air conditioner, do not rush to turn off the fan right away. Instead, let them operate in parallel for a while.
Regardless of whether it is a ceiling fan or a tree fan, keeping the fan running in parallel with the A.C. will help spread the cool air from the air conditioner quickly and evenly.
Use Sleep Mode At Night
The night is much cooler than the day and no matter how much cold room temperature you like during the day, during the night though, you should slightly raise the room temperature.
Best option is to keep the temperature at a moderate level. However, if you feel you do not know the correct value, then using your A.C.'s "Sleep Mode" functionality would definitely come in handy.
In the Sleep Mode setting, your air conditioner will automatically adjust the temperature to avoid overheating and to prevent energy loss.
So these are the tips which will help you pass the summer in your self-created microclimate.