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Understanding the Cost of Running Your Air Conditioning Unit: Tips to Help You Save Money

While air conditioners are necessary to stay cool during the sweltering summer, they can also be a significant factor in high electricity costs. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies to lower your air conditioner’s energy usage and keep your house cool without going over budget.

Thermostat Use

Increased thermostat temperature is one of the best ways to lower the amount of electricity used by an air conditioner. Try raising your thermostat to a more comfortable 25 degrees rather than the chilly 16 degrees. This can significantly reduce your energy usage, especially if you spend a lot of time away from home.

Smart Thermostats

Making use of a smart thermostat is an additional technique to cut back on energy use. With the help of these gadgets, you can set up a timetable for your air conditioner to only turn on when you need it. If you frequently change your schedule or are away from home throughout the day, this can be extremely helpful. Read more about smart home controls in our previous blog post.

Regular Maintenance

Also crucial is cleaning your air conditioner. Filters and coils are susceptible to dust and debris accumulation, which lowers the unit’s efficiency and raises energy usage. Regular maintenance appointments can keep your air conditioner operating at its best. Replacing a blocked-up filter with a clean one can lower energy consumption by 5-15%.

Outdoor Unit Clearance

Clearing obstructions from outdoor air conditioning units can help reduce running costs. If your air conditioner is installed close to a fence or an obstruction, the unit’s performance can be reduced by up to 50%. The hotter the day, the worst this affects the units performance. An air deflector can help overcome this. Keeping your unit clear or trees, shrubs and rubbish will aslo help. Find out more about air deflectors on our post about outdoor airflow issues.

Preventing Heat Ingress

Stopping the house from heating up in the first place can reduce the amount of work your air conditioner does and therefore the amount of money it costs to run. There are several ways to stop heat ingress in a home, including:

  • Insulating the walls, attic, and floors to keep the heat out.
  • Installing window coverings, such as blinds or curtains, to block the sun’s rays.
  • Planting trees or installing shading devices outside windows to block the sun.
  • Sealing air leaks around doors and windows to prevent hot air from entering the home.
  • Using a cool roofing material to reflect the sun’s rays away from the home.
  • Using a reflective paint on exterior walls to reflect the sun’s rays away from the home.

Replacing Old Units

In the long run, switching to a newer, more energy-efficient air conditioner can assist reduce energy use and save money on power bills. The Energy Rating label is a useful tool for determining which models are the most energy-efficient. In many instances, replacing an outdated unit is more economical than installing a completely new system. Modern technology allows for more efficient design in newer air conditioners, such as inverter compressors and smart WiFi controls which can help lower energy costs.

In a Nutshell

  • Turn up the temperature on your thermostat to reduce energy consumption
  • Use a smart thermostat to program a schedule for your air conditioner
  • Clean your air conditioner and schedule regular maintenance to keep it running at peak performance
  • Avoid direct sunlight by closing curtains or blinds, insulate your home and avoid setting the temperature too low
  • Turn off the air conditioner when you’re not at home to save energy consumption.

In conclusion, there are a number of techniques to lower the energy usage of your air conditioner. You can keep your home cool and cosy without spending a fortune if you turn up the temperature, use a smart thermostat, clean your air conditioner.

Need Help?

T&K Airpower has been working to keep homes and businesses comfortable and efficient for over 25 years. Is your air conditioner not working correctly? Not sure when you air con was last serviced? Give us a call, and we will be more than happy to help.

September 28, 2023
Mitch, the technician that came out to inspect our unit was excellent. He arrived promptly and conducted a thorough service. The unit on the property was about 15 years old but he found major faults that required it to be immediately shut down at the mains. Drainage tubes propped up on cardboard boxes, sagging in the middle. The fan axle wrapped in electrical wires, and rubber mounts that had delaminated due to friction and heat. He provided photos of everything, and a quotations for repair and replacement. Frankly, Mitch might have stopped the house burning down, and for that, he and T&K get a five star review.
samantha watson
samantha watson
September 14, 2023
The T&K crew are amazing. Special shout out to Nicole for being so friendly helpful, understanding, and a straight up communication Queen. Steve is professional and helpful. We had a few tradies through, because the job wasn't straight forward, they were all friendly, helpful, super polite, and didn't leave rubbish everywhere. 10/10 would recommend.
Evan Hunt
Evan Hunt
September 13, 2023
We have been using TK Airpower now for a number of years to service or repair our reverse cycle aircon. Living out of town you rely on punctuality and professional work. On every occasion our expectations have been more than met. The company offers an annual maintenance service and performance check which in our case has been done by Nathan who has advised of any problems and carried out any necessary repairs in an efficient and cordial manner. We find the service charge when compared to other electrical service companies highly favourable and payable by card on the day. Our trust in the company has been extended to having no hesitation in leaving the service team alone to finish the job when we had to attend to an unscheduled appointment.
Scott “ScottG” Gully
Scott “ScottG” Gully
September 12, 2023
Absolutely fantastic service. I was referred to this business by Mitsubishi as they are an authorised dealer for the brand as I had issues with my WiFi connection. Steve was so accommodating. To the point of after I had contacted them for help he followed up with a phone call and an email with information on how to go about reconnecting the WiFi side of my system. This level of service in this day and age is very rare . I highly recommend this company and will continue to use it in the future for all of my aircon needs. Regards Scott G
Mark Halliday
Mark Halliday
June 14, 2023
Excellent company. Prompt, friendly service.
mike yardley
mike yardley
May 19, 2023
This is the second time we have used TK Air power We find they are professional trustworthy informative and reliable with friendly techs Adam did our job this time and it was a pleasure to have him in our home Thanks Adam and thanks TK Air power Mike Yardley Greenwith
Adam Beecken
Adam Beecken
May 18, 2023
We recently spoke with T&K AirPower about supply and fitting of a new ducted reverse cycle air conditioner for our home, we’ve always had evaporative ducted air-conditioning but never refrigerated. They gave us a few options but we went for the Mitsubishi Electric knowing they’re one of the best on the market, they also advised us adding the Air Touch 5 controller so we can control via an app and also turn on our system prior to getting home. Installation went smoothly, the guys were on time, friendly and communicated well, they showed us how to use the system and cleaned up before leaving. We will definitely tell our friends and refer T&K AirPower to others, Thx Adam and Cindy
Steve Brown
Steve Brown
May 17, 2023
Excellent customer service. Dealt professionally with my insurance company. I would highly recommend. Nicole was a pleasure to deal with!
Grant Cooper
Grant Cooper
April 28, 2023
Very prompt service. Cost less than was quoted originally because the job turned out to be not so difficult.