Christmas can be an expensive time of year. As the cold weather sets in you will want to stay comfortable in your home and in control of your energy bills. As more homes turn to switch their air conditioner (AC) from cooling to heating mode for the next few months follow these tips to save both energy and money.
Select the right temperature on your AC:
Stick to 66°F (19°C) as your ideal set point temperature. According to the Department of Energy turning down the heating by a degree can save you up to 1% on your annual energy bill.
Clean or replace air conditioning filters:
You will want to clean your filters once every couple of months, ideally before you start using your AC for continuous heating. Replacing an old filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
Turn off the AC when you are out for long periods of time:
A common myth is that leaving your air conditioner on all day will help save money compared to restarting it each and every time you turn it back on. In reality this is a far more expensive way to heat your business as you are not using the air conditioner efficiently. Air conditioners are designed to work best when they are operating at full capacity. So make sure you turn off your AC when you plan to be out and about.
Use smart technology
Climair by Novo, launching in 2017 (pre-order price of $150) allows you to take full control of your AC anytime, anywhere directly from your smartphone. This is a hassle free way to manage your AC energy bills. With Climair you can pre-heat your business before you get there so you arrive to the perfect temperature. The geolocation facility on the free mobile app also means your AC will turn off when you leave work at the end of the day.
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Ensure you focus your AC usage on the rooms most commonly used and Use door snakes and weather-strips to block any gaps where heat can escape. Make sure doors and windows are always closed when your AC is in use.
The easiest way to save money on your energy bills and reduce usage of your AC is to simply wear more layers. Also think of adding rugs to rooms with wooden or tiled flooring.