If you’re looking for some tips on how to use air conditioner economically, then this article will be of help to you. There are any number of different reasons that your air conditioning bill might be through the roof this past month. You might have felt the need to run it non-stop due to some incredibly hot temperatures. You might have had to keep using it to keep the office nice and cool because new cooling alternatives that you’d planned to use simply didn’t pan out. You might simply like the feeling of relaxing in a nice, cool, air-conditioned room at the peak of summer – and who could blame you? At the same time, this latest bill for your AC has you hot under the collar. In no way, shape, or form do you want to give up using your AC, but at the same time, there’s simply no way you can afford to pay as much as you are.
To say that air conditioner usage is a hugely important part of homes and businesses across the world is an understatement. Even if you don’t live in an area where summers are incredibly hot, the fact remains that an AC is an increasingly-expected amenity for both homes and businesses alike.
That being said, while ACs are more popular than ever, their increased usage has left many with increasingly-high AC bills. Thankfully, this does not have to be the case.
Here are several ways that you can keep cool and carry on with your air conditioning unit without having to sweat your bill at the end of the month.
Setting Your Thermostat
One of the easiest ways to cut down on the price you pay for your AC and thus make using it more economical is also one of the simplest – simply check the setting on your thermostat. Is it set too low? Has it been turning on at times when it wasn’t really that hot, thus racking up the cost? Making sure that your thermostat is set for a temperature that’s not too high or low is an easy fix and a highly effective one.
Even so, it’s a solution that still has layers of complexity to it. For example, how are you supposed to know what temperature is “too low?” It’s not as if most of us check the temperature on an hourly basis, after all. The AC simply switches on, and we assume that it’s done so in response to weather that was truly hot because that’s how we’re “conditioned” to react. The next time your AC switches on, check the temperature on your thermostat. Do this for the next few times it switches on, and consider how hot you “actually” felt all those times to help determine if your setting is too low or not.
Cool Air Humidifiers
In addition, there are other home and office upgrades that can help you cut down on the cost of using your AC all the time – namely by ensuring that you don’t have to use it as much. Cool air humidifiers are among the most prominent and popular of such upgrades. These systems work to not only cool but likewise moisturize the air in a given room. What’s more, they are typically powerful enough to cool not just one room but several, with the most powerful models potentially able to cool and moisturize an entire office.
These systems are elegant in their simplicity. A wick inside the unit is blown upon by fans, in turn releasing the cooling and moisturizing agent into the air, where it disperses into a fine mist. This allows it to permeate a large area. That said, it’s worth noting that this particular design setup is exactly why this solution is best employed for larger rooms or entire floors of a building, as opposed to small, enclosed spaces. Nevertheless, using this in place of your AC sometimes can help cut down on the necessity of and thus eventual cost of using the latter.
The Pros and Cons of Fans
Then there’s the question of pairing AC usage with that of fans. On the one hand, it is understandable why this might be your first inclination when faced with the cost of AC units. After all, fans can also cool down an entire room, are obviously more portable than an AC unit, and much less expensive. On the other hand, old-fashioned fans are not automated in the same way AC units are, and often can’t cool to the same degree as can an AC unit. What’s more, there are certain things that an AC unit can offer that a fan never can. For example, AC units can be paired with the aforementioned cool mist humidifiers to more effectively cool and humidify an entire building – something far beyond the capability of a single fan.
At the same time, using a fan can be a great way to keep cool while avoiding having to use your AC at times when it isn’t quite hot enough to do so. This can help you be more strategic and thus more economical about the manner in which you use an AC unit, thus enabling you to cut down on costs in the long run.
One intriguing potential solution to the problem of AC costs is the possibility of lowering your energy bill altogether through the usage of solar energy. With a greater social, governmental, and even economic impetus to switch to greener forms of energy, more and more people are doing just that, often with fabulous results. While it won’t directly address your air conditioning use, installing solar panels, despite the upfront cost, can potentially help you use your AC far more efficiently with far fewer economic recriminations in the long-term.
Last, but not least, you’ll want to check the efficiency as well as cost efficiency of your AC unit against others on the market. The best providers of AC units will often work with commercial clients, for example, to hit upon a rate that works for all parties involved.
All this and more can help you keep cool and carry on with your AC usage while being able to use it in a more economic fashion.