We are all accustomed to the heat in this part of the world as temperatures can often exceed 40 degrees celsius. This makes it so relieving to have an Air conditioner and as the weather continues to heat up, the need for this cooling appliances continue to increase.
However, many forget just how much power these appliances consume and are completely oblivious to its effects on their electricity bills. A standard air conditioner will consume between 900 – 1300 watts of energy.
To put that in perspective, One air conditioner will consume the same power as about 70 CFL bulbs. This is why it becomes immensely important to consider some tips and hacks when using your air conditioner.
Here are some simple effective ways to save power and electricity bills when using an air conditioner.
Carefully consider the type of AC you need
If you are planning to cool 3 or more rooms simultaneously in your home or office, it makes sense in investing in a central air conditioner versus individual window units for each room as central cooling could be more energy efficient. Now central air conditioning is not very common in this part of the world, however, a close alternative is the Floor Standing Air conditioner. These are usually quite expensive but they might be cheaper than the cost of getting 3 or 4 split unit systems in your home. You could have one Floor standing Air conditioner placed in a strategic location in your home which will serve as a central cooling system. This will invariably help keep electricity bills down as you will be using one Air Conditioner as opposed to numerous ones.
Always Close Off And Windows While Using Your AC
Now, you are probably accustomed to closing the windows when the AC is on but you probably never wondered why it was so important. Well, it is very important to close all vents because Air Conditioners come with Thermostat whose sole duty is to determine the room temperature and turn off the appliances once the set temperature is attained. So leaving vents and windows open may add more heat the room which will affect the thermostat readings and can cause your AC to stay on for longer, hence consuming more power.
So simply shutting your windows while your AC is on can go a long way in saving electricity bills.
Try Using Sleep Mode
Some select Air Conditioners come with Sleep mode which is a mode designed utilize less power and supply less cool air. If your AC does not have a Sleep mode.Try turning your AC down (so it is running less) during your sleep hours. This simple trick can work wonders with your electricity bills.
Only Use It When You Need It
Generally, sitting and relaxing while the cool breeze from a split unit grazes your skin can be such a relaxing feeling. It is however also an addictive feeling which is why you must be careful and make sure you only use the AC when they are absolutely necessary. There is no need using the AC when it’s raining cats and dogs and the weather is cold or worse during the early harmattan season. Also, you could consider using a portable unit (i.e rechargeable fan) to cool just the area you’ll be working in. These use way less energy than a larger Floor Standing Air unit would use to cool off the same space. We know you want to enjoy your AC but also remember you want to save money on your bills too. You could even go old-fashioned and just ventilate your room naturally by opening your windows and reveling in the natural wind. Whichever method you use, just remember to only use your AC when you absolutely have to.
Consider Rearranging Your Furniture
Furniture often serves as part of the aesthetic feature of a home but its arrangement, however, might just be the reason why your electricity bills are sky-high. Before you roll your eyes in the disbelief consider the fact that Furniture which obstructs air conditioning vents means you could be cooling the back of a chair or the bottom side of your sofa and although it might appreciate the thought, we’re pretty sure you’d rather have that chill for yourself instead. There are plastic pieces you can buy for your vents to help force air in the right direction, but the easiest way is to just rearrange your furniture, even if only temporarily. Don’t make your AC consume all that power for nothing. Simply rearrange your furniture and make sure there is a clear pathway for the air from the AC to pass through. That way you and your thermostat are on the same page.
Service Your AC regularly
Getting experienced repairmen to run routine maintenance operations on your AC will not only extend your appliance lifecycle but this will also help keep it functioning optimally. Air Conditioners have been known to consume more energy when their ducts and filters are blocked, hence it becomes even more important to make sure your device is running optimally.
Switch Off The Lights
If it isn’t absolutely necessary, you should turn the lights off. Light bulbs generate heat and as we all know, AC thermostats will read this heat and make your device works harder to cool the room, consuming more energy in the process. You could just save yourself all the hassle by putting off the lights
Compliment Your AC’s Effort With A Fan
In this part of the world, we often see Air Conditioners and Fans as alternatives to each other and it might be difficult to see them as appliances that can compliment each other. However, using a fan to spread the air produced by the AC is an ingenious way to get the best out of both devices. However, this must be done very carefully so it doesn’t become a situation of using two devices that do the same thing, thereby consuming, even more, power than necessary. Remember a fan consumes about 70 watts compared to the 1000 watts consumed by an AC. You can put on your AC for a few mins, then switch on the Fan and after few minutes switch off the AC altogether and use only the fan. The fan will continue to circulate the cool air and will function just like an AC if you perform this trick appropriately. The goal here is to keep your AC on for just a minimal amount of time so it doesn’t incur excessive bills.