But are they cost efficient? Compared to other cooling methods, air conditioners seem to cost a fortune to run. Luckily, there are some tricks that will reduce the cost of running a central air unit so you don’t have to compromise on convenience. Here’s how to save money on your air conditioner bills.
One: Understand Why Your Bill is So High
There are a variety of different reasons why your bill for your air conditioning unit runs so high.
First and foremost, the greatest factor is where you live. If you live in a place that has a short summer and long fall or winter, your home conditioner will be used much less than someone who lives in a hot climate. Similarly, someone who lives in an area with a consistently mild climate will use theirs even less.
For the next money-affecting culprit, look to your machine’s efficiency. High-efficiency air conditioners use less energy, resulting in a lower bill. Generally, the older the machine, the less efficient it is. A machine that is more than five years old could be wasting a lot of energy, and a lot of your money. These are the two biggest factors to think about when it comes to how your money is being spent.
Two: Select the Best Unit
Which air conditioning unit you chose will greatly affect how much money you spend in the long run. Picking a unit that seems expensive up front might save you a ton of money down the road. You just have to know what you’re looking for.
Start by looking critically at the size of the machines available. A large house with multiple floors and many bedrooms will need a much larger conditioning unit than a small apartment. Each air conditioner should specify the amount of space that it is capable of cooling. Keep that in mind while shopping around. If you have a small space, consider buying a window unit. Even if you have to buy two, it might cost less than a central unit, and it will certainly save you on energy bills.
Just as important as the size of the machine is its efficiency. Carefully read the tags on all the machines. They should each have a note detailing how much electricity the unit uses. Factor this in to your final decision. You don’t want to pay for a machine that wastes electricity and hikes your energy bill.
Finally, consider whether you really need an air conditioner unit. Running a ceiling or floor fan for the same amount of time as an air conditioner will cost far less. Based on how big your home is and what your climate is like, decide whether a central unit is a wise investment.
Three: Make Adjustments
After you’ve selected the right unit for your home, there are a few other things you can do to reduce your bills.
Start with the unit itself. After it’s installed, keep up with maintaining it. A poorly maintained machine will not run properly, resulting in a higher bill. Replace your filter every month. If you invest in a reusable filter, you can simply clean the filter and place it back in the machine. Remove any noticeable debris and dust on the inside of the machine. If your air conditioner is a window unit, make sure to dust the outside regularly.
Next, turn your eyes to your thermostat. You should set your thermostat as close to the temperature outside as possible while still being comfortable. Your conditioner won’t have to work as hard, greatly reducing the cost.
You should also attempt to reduce your energy bill in other ways. Conserve water and energy by running your dishwasher only when it’s full. Follow the same rule when doing laundry. Replace your light bulbs with more environmentally friendly options.
Following these tips can reduce the cost of running your air conditioner and also save money on your other bills.