Being Energy Efficient During Summer Without Compromising Your Comfort

With the cost of electricity constantly on the rise, the household energy consumption during summer can be quite a worry for some. Unlike winter where if the house is too cold, you can rug up and wear added layers to avoid using the heating to cut costs, it can be a bit more difficult during summer as often once a room is hot, it is hard to change the temperature without the use of air conditioning and/or fans. Implement the following tips to become energy efficient during the warmer months without compromising your comfort. 

 

Turn off your air conditioner at night 

There is no need to have your air conditioner work throughout the night whilst you sleep, especially if it has been working hard all day. At night, the sun is down which allows the air to become naturally cooler, so instead of keeping your cooling system on, open up your windows instead. If it is one of those uncomfortable hotter nights and the breeze is warm, open up windows on both sides of your house to allow the air to flow through, rather than having the warm air situate in the house. Furthermore, it isn’t actually pleasant to be sleeping with air conditioning or fans on as it can cause you to be dehydrated, which as a result you may experience a sore throat and be left with dry skin. 

 

Close your windows and shades during the day

It is quite simple, windows allow light in which as a result allows heat in. Shut all of your windows and blinds during the day to minimise the amount of sun penetrating through the windows into the house. If you would prefer to keep your air conditioning system on during the day, by implementing this step, the air con unit will not be forced to work as hard and as a result, your energy consumption (and energy bill) will be reduced. 

 

Turn off any heat-emitting appliances 

Did you know that there are quite a few appliances that may be present within your homes that can emit quite a lot of heat? These appliances include tv’s, computers, printers, ovens and the stove to name a few. If you are able to, turn them off when they are not in use as this can remove a chunk of unnecessary heat. 

Lights are another large source of heat which is present within the home. Turn off as many lights as possible throughout the day to try and minimise the amount of heat and reduce the strain that may be placed on your air conditioning unit. 

Another great tip to implement is to try and take your cooking outside (with the use of a BBQ) rather than using the oven or stove on those warmer days. When using these kitchen appliances, the heat and steam present can warm up the house which is what you are wanting to avoid. 

 

Don’t select a drastic thermostat setting

Avoid setting the thermostat too low on your air conditioning as this can result in quite a significant contrast between the temperature outside and the desired temperature inside. As a result, it will mean that your air conditioning unit will need to work extra hard to overcome such a large temperature difference, so much so that it will increase your energy consumption and therefore, increase your energy bill. 

Implement the following tips above and try setting your air conditioning temperature between 22 and 24 degrees celsius. A rule of thumb which can be followed is to avoid setting the temperature less than 8 degrees below the outdoor temperature.

Take a look at your air conditioning unit to see whether it has a thermostat with a built-in timer. This function will allow you to set the temperature whilst setting the number of hours the unit will be on throughout the day (so that it turns off at a certain time). This will allow you to maximise your energy efficiency so that it is not left on all day, especially if you may not be home for large periods of that time.

 

If you need a hand at looking at which air conditioning unit will best suit you and your energy requirements, contact the air conditioning Auckland experts at Bens Refrigeration. Whether you are needing assistance with domestic air conditioning, commercial air conditioning or industrial air conditioning, the team at Bens can help.  



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