Several factors affect the efficiency of an air conditioning unit and the amount of power it consumes.
They include the layout of your space, age and condition of your unit, the weather of your home’s location, the design of your air ducts, and how air-tight your space is. This is why calculating your energy costs is never an exact science, just estimations. Energy bills skyrocket during summer, as air conditioning energy usage increases, with unpredictable costs. Lowering air conditioning power consumption in your home should be on top of your priority list, especially during summertime. To reduce your AC energy usage, turn it up one degree. Air conditioner power usage increases a lot with each degree above the outside temperature, and these slight changes will add up eventually. Next, use a smart thermostat and program a schedule. Ensure that it only runs when required, and the temperature is set appropriately at all times. Fortunately, you don’t have to constantly keep track of yourself. With a smart or automated thermostat, you can easily adjust your temperatures remotely, thereby reducing your power consumption. Most of the newer thermostats are designed with energy savings in mind. Keep your ducts clean and clear to optimize your airflow in your air conditioning system. Dirty or clogged ducts impede proper airflow, causing your AC to work harder. The harder it works, the higher your energy costs will become. Keeping your air filters, ducts, and vents clean will enable your air conditioning system to run efficiently. Lastly, schedule regular maintenance tune-ups to keep your AC running efficiently and for longer, saving you money from hefty energy bills.