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How to Save Money with your Air Conditioning Unit

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Some people think it can be expensive to run air conditioning – but on the contrary, there are ways you can save money, while still enjoying the luxury of your air con unit.

You may believe there are ways to keep cool without turning on air conditioning units – but as the summer temperature kicks in and hits a 90°F heatwave, you’ll soon realise how important the AC system is! Keep comfortable, stay cool and save money with these energy-saving tips…

Service your AC unit

Always have your air conditioning serviced at regular intervals. Some basic maintenance will greatly benefit the system. Even having it thoroughly cleaned will stop it from having to work as hard, so it will be more effective, without costing you extra cash because the filters are blocked. At the same time, check that the ducts are properly insulated, to keep the air that’s coming in as cool as possible. If the air coming in isn’t properly chilled, you’re wasting money.

Reduce night use

By taking very simple steps, you can prevent your air conditioning system from overworking at home, even in extreme summer heat. One easy tip is to keep it lower at night when you don’t need the same level of cool air. Simply turn the AC down so it’s running less while you’re asleep, or use the “sleep mode” if your air con unit has one, as this lowers the output automatically, via a timer.

Ideal temperature

According to the experts, 78°F is an ideal temperature for air conditioning units to run at their optimum performance level. This isn’t over-stretching your system, in the way it would if you had it working at full pelt all the time. It’s a case of keeping it running at a steady rate, so you’re not putting it under any unnecessary strain.

Closing vents

Did you know that the coolest rooms in the house are the ones on the lower floor? If you have a basement, this will traditionally be the coolest room in your home. A simple tip is to try closing all the vents in the lower parts of your home. In doing so, you’ll force all the cool air up to the top as well, which means less work for your air conditioning.

Is anyone home?

While you’re not at home, turn the air con down and close the blinds and curtains to keep the sun out – this will ensure the indoor air remains cool for as long as possible. It’s pointless having your AC unit running on full blast in an empty house. When you get home, you can turn the air con up again, as the heat won’t be so bad that your unit will have to work extra hard to cool the rooms off. Also, close your windows and blinds every day, depending on the position of the sun, as it makes a difference to the amount of heat your air conditioning is battling against.

Rearrange your furniture

Never place your furniture where it obstructs air conditioning vents – you may end up cooling the back of your sofa! Arrange it carefully, so that the cool air flows freely into your home. You can also buy plastic attachments for your vents to point the air in the right direction.

It could be useful to get in the habit of making these changes, so you can start to save money without realising you’re doing anything different – it will soon become a way of life.

Founded in 1991, GREE UK has a reputation for excellence and reliability when it comes to all kinds of AC systems, including multi split air conditioning, VRF air conditioning, wall mounted air conditioner units and more. Give us a call on 020 3376 3533 or email info@gree.uk.com for a prompt reply.

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How to Save Money with your Air Conditioning Unit

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