Air conditioning is often an essential part of homes and workplaces especially in warm and humid locations across that globe. Even in relatively cold countries, the warm summer months are often impossible to go through without proper air conditioning. Therefore, while it is indispensible to waste energy on climatisation, it is important to make sure that the energy loss is minimised, as this would also minimise the money you spend on it. Here are a few mistakes people make that increase energy loss.
Buying an Air Conditioner too Big
People think that buying a big air conditioner means that it would make rooms cooler and better. But that is not the case. Anyone with an idea of thermodynamics and refrigeration cycles would tell you that not only would a bigger air conditioner cost you money you didn’t need to spend, it would also run inefficiently due to too small a sink (your room is the sink). It is hence important to buy the right air conditioner for yourself, and experts such as would always be able to guide you.
Covering up the air conditioner
This is another common mistake: people do not like the sight of a large electronic device in their rooms and attempt to hide them. If your air conditioner doesn’t have sufficient access to the majority of air in the room, it would cool off the enclosed area easily and turn itself off, leaving the rest of the room warm, causing you to lower the temperature further. Needless to say, it would also waste energy.
Not maintaining it regularly
The process of air conditioning is complex and relatively less developed as compared to several other technologies we find in our houses today. This is true for all air conditioners around the world. Most air conditioners make use of a certain coolant or ‘gas’ that travels around pipes in the A.C. absorbing heat from your room and releasing it outside. More often than not, changes in ambient temperature due to seasons causes this gas to leak out (it is not harmful, so don’t worry) causing the air conditioner to be less efficient. Hence, regular maintenance is important.
Closing the unused doors or vents blindly
The temperature sensor of the air conditioner not only detects the temperature for turning on/off, but also considers the rate of fall of temperature in a room. If you turn on the air conditioning while keeping doors and windows open, then the temperature of your room will not fall, or fall very little and very slowly. This would tell the sensor that the air conditioning isn’t running hard enough, and it would make the A.C. go into a turbo mode sucking up insane amounts of energy. When that fails too, your air conditioning would reach the ceiling and probably stop working altogether. Hence, you are advised to not only close the doors and windows, but also use ceiling fans if you have them with your air conditioning, as they would improve air circulation.
Author Bio – Jessica has written a number of articles on home improvement. She has always worked for quality and values timely submission.