As much as an air conditioner is a must in today’s sweltering heat, there are still some people who are hesitant about an air conditioner installation because of some AC related misinformation.
The most obvious misinformation is they fear receiving an expensive energy bill at the end of the month. While your energy bill does increase upon using an air conditioner, you can at least reduce the amount of increase, and enjoy some cool comfort with the following tips.
If you return home after a long day outdoors, and your house is too hot for comfort, the first thing you do is increase the cold air perhaps by setting the thermostat to a low temperature like 68 till your home cools down.
However this is not that useful as it doesn’t help quickly deliver cold air but only creates higher energy bills. What you actually have to do is set the thermostat to a constant, comfortable temperature like 74.
Air conditioners are not trees
Another piece of misinformation about air conditioning installation is that AC units produce cold air! This is far from the truth as if AC units really did produce cold air; we would no longer need trees! On the contrary, AC units take in warm air from the surroundings and cool it using an evaporator coil. The coil absorbs heat to release cool, dehumidified air.
Not many realize that there are various factors which determine, and affect an air conditioning installation. It’s only if your AC unit is installed in the proper position will it cool your home with minimum energy consumption.
Warm air is light
As cool air is heavier than warm air, it’s better to have your AC unit’s air outlet installed as close to the ceiling as possible for optimal cooling. When installed, its louvres should point upwards or horizontally as it’s pointing downwards only heats the room.
Make sure your air conditioning unit’s outdoor unit is installed on firm base like a concrete slab. If not, it should be attached to the wall using sturdy brackets. It’s even better if it is placed somewhere near the indoor AC unit, preferably within 15m distance.
Your AC needs shade too
You can reduce your AC energy consumption just by providing some shade to your air conditioners outdoor unit. This prevents the extra heat of direct sunlight falling onto it, which in turn makes your AC work more to cool the hotter air. So it’s better installing air conditioner on a southern wall, or preferably provide an awning to it.
You need to choose the right sized AC for your home as you don’t want to buy an air conditioner which eventually overworks or under works while cooling your home. Your HVAC expert is the best person to help you decide.
Last, but not least, your home’s ductwork and airflow effects your AC’s energy consumption. There shouldn’t be any leaks in the ductwork as a leak proves expensive with time as energy is wasted through it. It’s also important to have good airflow around your AC unit so that it pulls in and filters the outdoor air to give you healthier and cooler air with minimum energy consumption.