5 Cost-Saving Tips for your Air-Conditioner
What if we tell you that you can easily save $100 – $300 annually just by following a few simple tips? No tedious processes and just a couple of straightforward steps with regards to your air-conditioning habits. If that sounds good to you, read on!
Air-conditioning Temperature - Set it to 25 Degrees Celsius
It seems the perfect temperature for balance between comfort and cost-savings is 25 degrees celsius. Studies have shown that 25 degrees celsius paired with low humidity is a comfortable environment for most people. Ultimately, it depends on your own personal preference and you can even choose between 23 to 25 degrees Celsius. Energy experts have shown that just a 2-degree temperature change can reduce your bills by up to 30%. Not only do you save money on this, but you will also be running your air-con at a lighter load, which means lesser risk of complications in the long-run = more money saved!
Running your fan with your air-conditioner
This tip complements tip 1. Run a fan along with your air-con to increase the chill factor. Even though it may seem like you’ll be using more energy – since both the fan and air-con requires energy to run, you’ll actually be much better off cost-wise running both at the same time rather than running just the air-con at 18 degrees. If you do not have a ceiling fan, a simple and small standing fan would do the trick as long as its strategically placed for you to feel the breeze.
Service Your Air-conditioner Regularly – At least once a year
Prevention is often better than cure – it is cheaper and healthier too. By doing air-con servicing at least once a year, you will be ensuring that you are breathing air from clean air filters. Regular air-con servicing also allows your air-con to be checked for early symptoms of wear and tear before any complication arises. Breakdowns are the last thing you will want in the hot and humid weather in Singapore. By having a professional check your aircon once a year, you’ll enjoy a peace of mind.
Set a Timer for your Air-Conditioner
As an example, if you sleep 8 hours a day, between 10pm to 6am. You can set a timer to turn off the air-con at 3am, your room is likely to stay cool until 6am, effectively saving 3 hours of run time – about 35% of active air-con usage. If it does not stay cool, you could always complement it with a fan. It may not be as cool as having the air-con turned on throughout – but you’ll be pleased to know that doing this can help you save up to $300 annually in energy bills.
Turn on the Air-Con and Open the Windows/Door for 15 Minutes
Many may not know this, but having your air-con on while opening the windows and doors for the first 10 – 15 minutes helps to ventilate the air to minimize the risk of certain odors and mold from building up. Refrigerant type air-cons do not ventilate the air, but instead, circulates the air within the room thus they need a little help with open windows and doors to refresh the indoor air. This is especially helpful if there are sick people in the same room where ventilation will help to bring in fresh air before cooling it down. By reducing the risk of odors and mold, you are effectively saving money in the long run, spending less on repairs/maintenance work.
With these 5 tips, you will be able to save on your air-con bills and still enjoy the comfort of a cool environment. Every bit adds up which can significantly conserve your air-con’s energy consumption and save you more money in the long-run. Give these tips a go today!