Summer is still quite a few months away but we need to ensure that we don’t make the same mistakes as we did last year when it comes to the preparation aspect of it. By this, I don’t mean to say that you need to prepare in advance to buy an air conditioner especially for the summer. At the end of the day, our main purpose is to minimize the energy bill and still remain cool. Buying an air conditioner will have the opposite effect because while you will keep cool in the warmest of days, your energy bill is going to soar. So what can you really do to make sure that you can remain cool without having to buy a brand new air conditioner? There are several ways you can do this and some of the best ones have been described below. These tips will help you to save quite a bit of money and energy at the same time.
Clean the Dirty Filter
You existing air conditioner might be old and you might feel that it isn’t carrying out its function according to its potential. This inefficiency might be due to a dirty filter of the unit itself. In order to solve this issue and ensure that your unit starts working as normal, you will need to get the filter cleaned properly. You need to remember that a dirty filter will not allow the air conditioner to do a good job when it comes to cooling the room, it will also stimulate it to use up more energy. This isn’t beneficial because it has a negative effect in two different areas.
Program the Thermostat
For those that have central air conditioning installed in their home, you need to change the settings of the thermostat to suit your requirements. This means that you need to program your thermostat to increase the temperature when you aren’t at home. This can be changed to a lower temperature when you get home and for the night. Doing this efficiently will ensure that there is a balance that is required to save you money in energy bills.
For those that own air conditioners at home, it is necessary for you to get a yearly check up done for your unit. This is a must regardless of whether you have a central unit or not. If you decide to bring in a professional to do this then they will be able to determine whether you have been using up too much energy or not.
Central or Window Unit?
If you’ve decided to get an air conditioning unit then you need to decide which one is going to be the best for your needs. A central unit is going to be the most effective because it is going to warm up the entire house. However, this is going to increase your energy bills significantly. In comparison, a window unit will be the best in terms of saving money and using up energy. For this reason, you must decide which unit you want to go for. Before you can decide on this, you need think about how you’re going to be using the unit. Will you just need it to cool your room at night or do you require something that will cool the entire home and at all times?
Buy an Energy Efficient Unit
Whatever you decide on doing, if you’re going to be purchasing a new air conditioner then make sure you go for an energy star model. Normally, these models use up far less energy when compared to some of the other models available on the market. Furthermore, be sure to check whether you’re eligible for tax credits or something similar when you’re buying an air conditioner.