As the temperature rises, keeping our homes cool becomes a top priority. However, running air conditioning systems can lead to significant energy consumption and high utility bills. The good news is that there are several energy-saving tips and practices you can adopt to keep your home cool without breaking the bank. Contact TSR Tony Stephens Refrigeration in Gympie today to learn how you can reduce your air-conditioning system’s energy expenditure.
1. Optimise Thermostat Settings
One of the simplest ways to save energy is by optimising your thermostat settings. Set your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature, typically around 25°C. This is what is generally considered to be ‘room temperature’. Using a programmable or smart thermostat allows you to schedule temperature adjustments based on when you are at home or away, avoiding unnecessary cooling.
2. Use Natural Ventilation
Take advantage of natural ventilation by opening windows and doors during cooler times of the day, such as early mornings or evenings. This allows fresh air to circulate through your home and reduces reliance on air conditioning. Consider installing window coverings or shades to block out direct sunlight, preventing heat build-up.
3. Maintain Air Conditioner Efficiency
Regular maintenance of your air conditioning system is crucial for optimal performance and energy efficiency. Clean or replace filters regularly to ensure proper airflow and remove debris from the outdoor unit. Have a professional inspect and tune up your system annually to identify and fix any potential issues. TSR provides regular cleaning and maintenance services, ensuring your home is equipped for the Australian summer.
4. Use Fans and Ceiling Fans
Supplement your air conditioning with the use of fans. Ceiling fans create a cooling effect and allow you to raise the thermostat temperature by a few degrees without sacrificing comfort. Portable fans can also be used to circulate cool air throughout the room.
5. Manage Heat Sources
Minimize heat sources inside your home to reduce the workload on your air conditioning system. Close curtains or blinds during the day to block out direct sunlight. Avoid using heat-generating appliances like ovens, dryers and dishwashers during the hottest part of the day. Switch to energy-efficient LED lighting, which emits less heat compared to traditional incandescent bulbs.
Contact TSR online today or call us on 07 5482 8100 to organise scheduled maintenance in Gympie for your air conditioning unit.