5 tips to avoid bill shock from your air conditioning

You may be surprised to see that your electricity bill has become high especially during summer. But there are some ways you can use your air conditioning and take the heat off your home and your energy bills.

1. Set to the right temperature.

The less work your air conditioner has to do to maintain a temperature the lower the running cost. The most efficient temperature setting depends on the outdoor temperature.  Aim for a maximum temperature difference of 8°C for heating and cooling. For example, to apply this rule on a 35°C day in summer the air conditioning to 27°C. On a 14°C day in winter set the heating to 22C.

2. Close windows and doors.

Better distribution and regulation of your air conditioner's temperature is needed. You may draw your blinds or curtains to keep the heat out and the cool in.

3. Check your system's features.

Check to see whether you are using your systems full efficiency functionality with a master electrician. A modern machine can be up to 46% more efficient than most older models. Newer systems have energy efficient features such as inverter technology, smartphone remotes to keep an eye on your usage wherever you are, or zones for ducted systems.

4. Clean and Maintain regularly.

Dirty, clogged filters affect the efficiency of your unit and can affect the air quality. To ensure they are working at optimum efficiency and providing your home with purified air, have your filters cleaned and your air conditioners serviced.

5. Have the right size.

Air conditioning isn’t one-size-fits-all, especially in terms of energy efficiency. If your system is too big for your space it means there are shorter cycles and your unit is turning on and off more than it should. If it’s too small, it has to work harder to get the space to the correct temperature. It’s always best to have a professional electrician in Bowral provide a quote and assess your space to recommend the right sized system.