Perhaps because most people are currently confined to their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, many are asking questions online about air conditioning. There’s a lot of interest from householders keen to keep their home at a comfortable temperature.
When you’re spending the majority of time in your house, having a comfortable and healthy environment is paramount. Read on to find out more about the most Googled questions about air conditioning – and the answers…
What are the benefits of air conditioning?
Air conditioning provides better air quality within the home. A healthier environment can reduce the risk of asthma attacks, promote better sleep and create a cooler place to exercise. In addition, it can help prevent electronic equipment from overheating and improve our concentration and performance. We can leave the windows closed to create a more secure home – oh, and there are likely to be fewer insects and parasites.
What are the advantages of air conditioning?
Studies show extreme heat can have a negative impact on our physical activity and mood. The use of air conditioning to cool the air can go a long way to providing a remedy for this by improving our comfort levels. The cooler temperature means we sweat less in warm weather, reducing the risk of dehydration. An air conditioning system can also exclude external allergens, such as pollen. It will continually renew and enhance the quality of the internal air.
Why is it important to have air conditioning?
Air conditioning circulates and filters the internal air, removing pollutants and mould, so it is particularly important for people who have allergies and asthma – it minimises the irritants that can trigger an attack. If you need better ventilation to combat high humidity levels, an improved heating system for cooler months and cooler air for summer heatwaves, air conditioning will do the job.
How can I reduce my air conditioning bill?
The key to keeping your AC bill lower is to make sure your system is properly maintained. There are a few simple tips to keeping it running in a cost-effective manner. You can save money by turning it up by just one degree, or by using a smart thermostat and programming a schedule, so it isn’t running when no-one’s at home. Keep the ducts clean and the airflow clear, changing the air filters and scheduling regular maintenance visits. Insulate your living space to keep the cool air in.
What should I set my AC at to save money?
To stay comfortable while saving money in the summer, the ideal temperature to set the thermostat at is 78°F (26°C). According to experts at the US Department of Energy, setting your AC at this level allows people to stay cool, while avoiding a high electricity bill. For every degree set above 22°C, the AC uses around 4% less power.
How many hours a day should AC run?
To effectively maintain a constant temperature in your home, the air conditioning unit should cycle two to three times an hour. In warm spring weather, rather than in the full-on heat of summer, the cycle can last for as little as ten minutes.
Can I run my AC 24/7?
It’s best not to run your air conditioning 24/7. According to the experts, keeping it running constantly can put a strain on your AC unit. It also wastes a lot of energy. It is sensible to turn it down or off if you’re going to be out for a long period of time.
Is AC water safe for plants?
You can safely use water produced by air conditioner condensation to water your plants, indoors and outdoors. It does not contain chlorine or any other minerals. However, it is not suitable for drinking water.
What temperature is too hot for sleeping?
Being too hot in bed can hamper a good night’s sleep, so many people will find themselves wide awake on a summer’s night during a heatwave. This is where air conditioning can help. Set the temperature to keep your bedroom cool – the optimum temperature for sleeping is between 60°F (15°C) and 68°F (20°C), with between 40% and 60% humidity.
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