Natives of Canberra accept the extreme weather conditions in exchange for living in this lovely city. Canberra can be hot during the summer season. The city also frequently holds the record for being the coldest in winter.
Hitting 40 degrees mark is an expected part of the summer heat in Canberra. It is during this time when locals use air conditioning 24/7. Can keeping the air con on all day also jack up your electric bill?
Enjoying the most out of your air conditioning in Canberra
Enjoying the benefits of home air conditioning during the summer without racking up your electric bill needs some smart tips, to include:
Maintain the system at 23 degrees
Twenty three degrees has been found to be the most efficient temperature to keep cool while lowering the costs.
Maintain the natural coolness of the home
The north part of the house is usually the hottest spot during sun peak times. Keep the house naturally cool by closing blinds and windows on that part. However, make sure ventilation is sufficient as well to allow the flow of cool air to the rooms.
Consider split type air condition system
Split type air condition system has better energy efficiency. Choose a reputable brand that has higher energy efficiency. Install the system in the part of the house where you usually stay. This way, the air may be able to flow its way through to the other rooms. However, installing two or three units is a better deal all around.
While split type air condition systems are considerably expensive to purchase and install, they can sufficiently cool or heat the room they are installed in. They are also cost-effective especially with their higher energy efficiency feature.
Set the system to “auto”
Maintaining “auto” and not “fan” in your air con system is the best way to lower down the humidity inside the house. Having indoor exhaust fans to push moist air out maintains the coolness of the house.
Have a system service
Your air con system needs to be serviced every couple of years. Air condition with a leak in its ducts will not work properly even when it’s turned on. Air escaping out of the ducts will also result in a higher electric bill.
Hose down the filters of your air con every month
Air condition filters should be cleaned every month. Put the filters back on even when they are a little damp. You can add in a few drops of essential oil if you want a cleaner and nicer smell throughout the home.
Leave your air con as soon as you’ve turned it on
An inverter system in your air con will go on maintenance mode as soon as it’s turned on. Very minimal electricity is required when the system has reached the desired temperature.
Reduce the cost of electricity by not doing other things when the air conditioner is on
For instance, schedule your washing in the early morning or late evening hours. Doing it this way reduces electric usage when you need to turn on your air con system from 11 am to 5 pm.