Hints for keeping cool over a long hot summer
November 01, 2012
While we all look forward to the summer months for warmer weather, we can run up the energy bills by using our air conditioning and our fans often to get a cool breeze.
To save your pocket and the earth we’ve researched some useful tips for helping you keep cool in your home over the long hot summer:
Replace your outdated air -conditioning unit
If your air-conditioner is old and inefficient it may be costing you more to run than it would be to have it replaced. Do some research and choose the right system for your climate. Try to buy the best you can afford because you will save in efficiency and maintenance over the long-term.
Set your thermostat two degrees warmer than chilled
We often want to turn our air-conditioning right down low to get cool faster, but taking it up a degree or two means you will still be getting cool air. This will also reduce the load on your air-conditioner and lighten the load on your hip pocket by saving you a whopping 10% or more on the cost of running your air-conditioner.
Use the timer on your air-conditioner
Setting your air-conditioning to come on just before you are due home means you will feel less inclined to turn down the thermostat. If you like to run your air-conditioner at bed time, set the timer so it goes off after you go to sleep and you don’t wake up feeling chilled early in the morning.
Switch to Fan Only
If you use an efficient reverse-cycle air-conditioner, once you have cooled the room try running it on the Fan Only setting and opening a window or door a little to create air circulation. That way you will still get the cooling breezes but won’t be using extra power by running your condenser.
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