Air conditioning is often a large contributing factor to energy cost. Here are some practical tips for saving money on your air conditioning costs.
Home heating and cooling are two of the major components of heating and cooling in NZ homes. Both are essential to help keep our homes comfortable during the cooler months and warm during the hotter months. More importantly, both of these elements are growing more expensive to operate.
Having a central heating system will continue to increase your annual energy costs. In turn, you will be paying more for fuel. This raises your annual bills.
Over the past 10 years NZ homes have seen a significant increase in their cooling needs. The reason behind this increase is the increasing demand for cooling, the warmer the weather, the higher demand for cooling. This is in addition to the extra demand for heating due to the warmer weather.
New Zealand homes now live in a smaller house that was required only a few decades ago. Most rooms in these smaller houses have smaller windows and so demand less cooling. In essence, most homes now have the same amount of cooling as they had before the size of the home increased.
In a similar fashion, the air conditioner is operating in a smaller capacity than it did when new homes were built. As a result, the air conditioner has a greater demand for cooling. If you do not make any efforts to lower your cooling costs, the air conditioner will remain running at the full rate, which will further increase your bills.
You could live without a central heating system if you used more power from your existing small local power grid. You can also extend your cooling season by installing a more efficient, larger sized air conditioning unit.
There are several effective ways to decrease your cooling bill. You can install an efficient cooling fan that operates at a lower speed. This will also reduce the demand for cooling.
You can also install a ceiling fan that doesn’t need much airflow in order to work and won’t use up a lot of electricity. The ceiling fan will also reduce the number of times that the air conditioner has to be turned on and off.
Another way to save on cooling is to install a window-mounted fan or pump that runs during the colder months and off during the summer. Running the air conditioner during the warmer months will also reduce your cooling costs.
Using window and roof fans at home can be expensive. There are products that are readily available, but you may be required to have some basic electrical connections installed. This can add significant cost to the project.
For some homes, they are able to save on cooling by running all of their heat into their underground pipes. This allows a much more efficient operation of the entire cooling system. It is important to note that using a carbon dioxide exhaust fan is not appropriate for this application.