We’ve barely stepped into the summer season and we’re already sweating up a puddle. The only respite from this scorching heat is the air conditioner but it comes at a steep price. The cooler your home gets, the higher your electricity bills. But what if you didn’t have to sweat it out choosing between the two? There are a bunch of things you can do to keep your air conditioning cost low even while you run your AC all day in the summer. Here’s how you can get started. Also Read: The Perfect Power Saving ACs For Small Rooms

Invest In a Power Saver AC

We live in a time where technology can be its own solution. A regular air conditioner can consume a considerable amount of power but there are better options out there. A 5-star or even a 4-star rated AC is certified by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to consume less energy. More the stars, higher will be the power-saving capabilities of that particular AC. Another cost-efficient buy is the inverter AC. Unlike the compressor of a regular AC that works in full speed, the compressor of the inverter AC adjusts power according to the room temperature. Since it does not go on and off but keeps working on low power, it doesn’t end up consuming much energy. The star rated AC and the inverter AC both cost more to begin with but with each subsequent bill, you end up saving more.

Make Sure You Have the Right Size AC

Buying an AC that’s too large or too small for the room can both end up inflating your bill. While a high-capacity AC consumes higher power, a small AC has to work harder to keep a larger room cool, thus using up more power too. Installing the right-sized AC in the first place will not just cool the room efficiently but will also remove the humidity. To find the perfect size, you first need to measure the size of your room. A room of up to 150 sqft will need a 1-ton AC, a slightly bigger room of up to 250 sqft will need a 1.5-ton AC and a larger room of about 400 sqft will need a 2-ton AC.

Replace the Air Filters Regularly

Taking proper care of you AC will reduce cooling costs. For starters, make it a point to keep the AC filters clean. In order for an AC to blow cold air, it must have adequate air flow. The air circulates through the system and passes through the filter to give you cool and clean air. However, it the air filter is clogged or dirty from all the filtered dirt particles and debris over time, it restricts the air flow, thus causing little or no cool air to be circulated into the room. The AC has to work much harder to cool your room, consuming more power. Remember to clean your filters regularly and replace them every few years for it to work well.

Close the Blinds During The Day

There’s nothing like some natural sunlight to remind you of summer. But with that bright sunshine, there’s also a lot of heat entering your room. When sunlight is filtered in through your windows, you get something called heat gain, which increases the room temperature, making it more difficult for the AC to cool it down. Keeping your blinds shut will help prevent such solar heat gain. Try using light-coloured blinds or shades as they deflect the sun’s scorching rays. Doing so can reduce heat gain by 45 per cent.

Avoid Heat Build-Up During The Day

When the outdoor temperature rises extensively, so does the indoor temperature. This puts a lot of pressure on your AC. If you engage in heat-building activities like cooking on the stove or using heat generating gadgets like the clothes dryer or the dishwasher, you’ll only end up adding more heat to your home. Consider cutting down the heat by microwaving food or washing the dishes by hand or even air drying clothes on a clothesline. Use an exhaust fan to spot-ventilate and remove excess heat and humidity. Or, just get through these chores after sunset, when the temperature is slightly cooler. The bottom line is that if you take care of your AC, it will take care of you and your bills too. Be mindful when you use this gadget in summer. Also Read: The Only Jeans You Need In Your Wardrobe Right Now Cover Image Courtesy: Shutterstock.com

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