With a smart thermostat, you can adjust your settings on the move so you’ll never have your AC running needlessly. At the very least, you should have a programmable thermostat so you can set your AC to kick in at optimal times.
5. Minimise Heat Build Up
It might not save you the earth, but minimising heat build up is a simple way to find small cost savings (and they all add up). Try to avoid using heat generating appliances - like cookers, washing machines and dishwashers - during the hottest parts of the day, so you’re not compensating for their output with your AC.
Drawing blinds or curtains will also help keep heat out. Of course you’ll likely want the natural daylight so it’s not the most practical solution, but it’s worth considering for those rooms you don’t regularly use but want to keep cool.
6. Have Your System Serviced
An annual service by a qualified engineer is the best way to ensure maximum efficiency - and therefore maximum cost savings - from your air conditioning system.
All working parts will be inspected, cleaned or replaced if needed, refrigerant levels checked, and an extensive leak detection carried out. The engineer will also run a full performance test and recalibrate the system if necessary.
7. Consider Having A New System Installed
If your AC system has been in place for some time (10 to 15 years is a good ballpark here), there may be substantial cost savings to be had from a new installation.
Not only will its performance have lessened with age, you’ll find more modern systems have much improved seasonal efficiency. By replacing your old system for an air source heat pump, you’ll reduce your consumption of fossil fuels and lower your household bills as a result.
You’ll also benefit from low carbon, low cost heating in the winter months. And with 0% VAT now applied to new heat pump installations, it’s the ideal time to upgrade your system.