Electricity bills in summer consume a major chunk of our earnings. The electrical appliances come under pressure during summer due to scorching heating and extreme temperatures. To fight the scorching heat, air-conditioners are used. Though the air-conditioners make the home comfortable, it comes with a cost.
Do you know one important fact that air conditioners contribute to 50% of the electricity bills?
Nowadays technology has made electrical appliances energy efficient. They consume less energy. But when homeowners run them for 24 hours, there are certain factors that are to be considered in order to make them less electricity-consuming. Following are the factors which should be considered to cut your electricity bills.
Remove Your Old Air Conditioning
Most of the houses are installed with air conditioners that are 10-15 years old. It means that the technology used in manufacturing the ACs is 10-15 years old. It makes sense that electrical appliances a decade ago were not that energy efficient.
Therefore, all the ACs that are old should be removed. It comes with a significant initial cost. However, when you project the savings today’s energy-efficient ACs would bring, it becomes viable to install new ACs and remove the old ones. It will lower down the cooling costs by 20-30 percent.
Using a programmable thermostat could make a lot of difference. It saves energy in multiple ways. A programmable thermostat maintains the temperature of the room at an exact point. It ensures a comfortable temperature when you are at the home and minimizes cooling load when you are not around.
It adjusts the room temperature according to your family routine. You can set the temperature for certain hours differently than other times of the day. Moreover, smart devices and different sensors make it very easy to operate a thermostat even when you are away from your home
Clean Your AC Filters.
AC filters filter the air from dust particles. They keep the ingoing air clean. Not cleaning the AC filters choke them. Sucking air with choke filters strains the AC which sometimes causes breakdown. This causes lower efficiency of AC and more consumption of energy.
Choked filters lead to energy bills up by 7 times during summer. Hence you should clean the AC once a month whether you are using the centralized cooling system or window AC. Cleaning and replacement of AC also depend on the quality of air in your area. If you feel there is excessive dust, you can clean and replace the filters more frequently.
Sun rays penetrating into the rooms cause a loss of energy. The air conditioner runs for more time in order to cool the room. Therefore, shading the windows decreases the loss of energy and your room reaches to the desired temperature in less time and hence the Air Conditioner consumes less electricity.
Schedule HVAC Checkups
Service and maintenance are very important to keep the air conditioning units in healthy good condition. There are certain faults are sign which we can recognize at home. But specialists of HVAC can identify the reason more deeply causing electricity bills to rise up. Therefore, a yearly checkup of air conditioning units is necessary.