21 Feb, 2020
Australia’s hot and humid summers mean having an air conditioner is essential. However, running your air conditioner can cost you big bucks if you are not careful. Canstar Blue, a leading Australian research and rating agency, has calculated that the average reverse cycle air conditioner can cost an average of $60c per hour to run. This can add up very quickly over the course of the summer months!
But don’t worry, all is not lost. Here are 7 tips to help you save real money on your air conditioning electricity bill this summer.
1. Set the Temperature Higher
Setting the temperature of your air conditioner slightly warmer can result in a huge saving in your electricity bill. On average, people tend to set their air conditioners temperature to between 21-23 degrees during summer. Raising this to between 24-25 degrees means you will still be comfortable but your air conditioner will need to work less hard to cool the room!
2. Invest in a newer and more efficient unit
One of the easiest ways to save on electricity is to invest in one with a good energy rating in the first place. All Australian air conditioners have a star-based energy rating system. The more stars a unit is rated, the less energy it consumes. Older units tend to be less efficient, with newer units being far more efficient and cheaper to run, saving money in the long term.
3. Only Cool the Spaces You Are Using
Some air conditioners allow you to control which areas of the house you cool. If you have a central AC system, use the zoning options to cool the areas of the house you most frequently use. Another option is to invest in a split system that only cools the room you are in.
Make sure you close all the doors to rooms you are not using. You can even take it a step further by lining the gaps under your room doors with towels to really ensure the space is sealed.
4. Make Sure Your House is Cool
A cool house means your air conditioner needs to works less hard in the first place during summer. Simple steps such as strategically placed trees and hedges, pergolas and other tactics to shade your house from the summer sun can make a huge difference.
You can also keep your curtains closed, install exterior blinds or blackout curtains to stop the heat penetrating your house.
5. Know Your System
The right air conditioner for your property can be difficult to judge. Spaces with high ceilings or plenty of windows can be hard to cool. The size of the rooms needing cooling greatly determine the specific type of air conditioner you need. Having one too weak for the job will mean the machine will need to work harder, while a unit that is overpowered is wasted on a smaller and easier to cool space.
Getting the most out of your current air conditioner during summer could be as simple as getting it serviced by a professional. A specialist air conditioner technician will be able to spot any issues or inefficiencies in your units such as in their coils or fins. They will be able to clean the unit’s filters and condensers so that your air is clear of pollutants and so that the unit can function efficiently.
7. Save with Metropolitan Air Conditioning
An expert technician from Metropolitan Air Conditioning will be able to assess which type of air conditioner is right for your property, service and repair your current system and provide advice about how to get the most of your air conditioner to help you stay cool this summer!