Here’s a fact: Did you know that according to the US Department of Energy, the air conditioning (AC) takes up 43% of your electric bill every month? With summer fast approaching, some people can’t stand the heat and humidity that they turn the AC temperature as low as possible for as long as it keeps them comfortable. After all, who wants to get a heat stroke or suffer from dehydration? But while the air conditioning temperature goes lower, your electric bill goes higher.
But this coming summer doesn’t have to be an expensive one. The earlier you prepare, the more you save, not just your money but the environment as well. Here are a few simple tips.
Put a lid on it. Conduct a general inspection of your business—every door, window, the walls… you get it. Make sure that there is no way for air to escape. Caulk your windows and weather-strip your doors. You may also want to close the fireplace damper, if you have one.
Block the sunlight. Direct sunlight causes a rise in temperature by 10 to 20 degrees. It is best to use blinds to block out the glaring rays, as well as the heat.
Inspect your unit. Is your unit up for air conditioning repair? It is best to get AC service as soon as you think there may be a problem with your unit. It is advisable to have your unit (or units) checked every year for possible issues, including rusting, build-up of grime, and molds. For air leaks and similar problems, you may contact an energy auditor to assess the AC system. Some people wait until they cannot solve the problem on their own, and this causes more expenses than savings.
Invest in more efficient products. You may want to purchase a programmable thermostat, as it adjusts the temperature based on programmed settings, and they take effect at various times of the day.
Filter out, once a month. It is important to keep the filters clean. Dirty filters make your AC system work harder, which in turn makes it use more electricity. Cleaning the filter is not a complicated task; all you need to do it take out the filter, let water run through the filter, and leave them to air-dry.
Unplug. If you are not using your desktop computers, laptops, or any other electronic devices that are required to keep your business functioning or safe during off-hours, it is best to pull out the plug from the socket. Even if they are turned off, any electronic device still consumes energy, thus adding to your expenses.
Size matters. Thinking of buying a new air conditioning unit? Take into consideration the size of the building where the AC unit will be put. Buying the right size of air conditioning for the floor area will be more efficient than getting the biggest one, which may be too noisy apart from being costly.
Consider a split system air conditioner. If your business is not open 24/7, then you may want to consider buying a split type AC instead. This air conditioning saves more energy because it only cools the rooms you need to cool, and because there are no energy losses through ductwork in traditionally hot spaces within your building, like crawlspaces.
Lowering your air conditioning expenses does not mean drastic changes in your office. If you get to save more on your utility bill, then you have more to spend on other important things like new office furniture or that coffee maker your employees are coveting for the break room.