You’ve been off the grid for a week. People have been calling constantly—your boss, your mother, your friends. Some even stopped by and rang your doorbell a couple of times.
Finally, the concern reaches a fever pitch and your front door is knocked down, worried relatives, friends, and acquaintances pour into your home… to find you sound asleep.
That new central air conditioner working its magic might have been a bad idea because now you never want to leave the cool confines of your home.
Air conditioning makes any place that’s indoors a heaven on Earth during scorching summers.
It’s everyone’s dream to have a home that stays cool and comforting even at summer’s peak. Especially now, since summer temperatures have been on a constant rise.
Air conditioners aren’t accessible only to the affluent anymore. You can buy one for as low as INR 19,000. But this price escalates as more features are added. For instance, an HVAC system that doubles up as a heater costs more than one that only cools.
Besides the initial cost of purchase and maintenance, you’ll also have to deal with the power bills. But there are a few ways you can conserve energy. The idea is to help you lower your energy consumption and hopefully prevent your wallet from getting lighter.
Written In The Stars
The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency grades air conditioners on a rating called BEE rating. This system uses a star-rating to determine energy efficiency; 5 being the most energy efficient, and 1, the least.
So, if you want to go for the most efficient AC, reaching the conclusion should be a no-brainer. However, you should know that the price goes up with every extra star. Moreover, an air conditioner’s features do not depend on its star rating.
Filter The Filter
The function of the filter in an air conditioner is pretty straightforward. It takes in the air, traps all the dust and grime, and vents the newly conditioned air. If the filter is somehow old or broken, air flow is hampered, which causes damage to the unit.
If the filter is regularly cleaned and replaced, airflow is maintained and rooms cool more easily. In other words, energy is conserved.
Family Type And Size
There are plenty of AC variants that exist today, so you’ll have to figure out how much of your home needs cooling. If your 4-bedroom apartment needs to be conditioned, a central unit would save more energy than individual units. Moreover, central air conditioners also keep a check on the humidity.
As a rule, if you have a larger living area, you’ll need a higher AC tonnage. But, the capacity doesn’t only depend on the area or number of rooms you want to cool. You’ll also have to consider number of people in the house, and the number of heat sources like gadgets and sunlight.
An air conditioner with too low a capacity would take up a lot more time and energy to cool the same area than one with a capacity that’s just right.
Let ‘Em Spin
There’s no denying the fact that hot air rises and cold air sinks. Ever felt a chill on your ankles and feet in an air conditioned room? Well, that’s heavy, cold air for you.
All the cool air sinking to the floor might cause the room to cool down slowly. That means leaving your AC on for a longer duration. You can fix this problem by flipping the fan switch. Its blades help the cold air circulate the space more effectively, cooling it down faster.
Purchasing an air conditioner is a long-term investment that will serve its purpose if you treat it right, especially when temperatures are increasing on a daily basis. But buy one that offers the best features and consumes the minimum-possible power, preferably a 5-star AC by a trusted brand.