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Six ways to save on air conditioning

The weather is heating up and air conditioning is once again our greatest ally. But if you’re worried about the cost and have decided to use it a bit more sustainably, you might find this interesting. Here are some tips that can help you save on air conditioning.

Air conditioning is without a doubt the most effective way of cooling off in the summer. But overusing it can become very expensive. Plus, it’s not sustainable or good for the environment. So, if you’ve decided to use it more responsibly to save a few euros on your electricity bill and do your bit for the planet, take note!

1. Choose an energy efficient appliance


The main thing to remember for saving on air conditioning is choosing one with a high energy efficiency rating. So, if you don't have an air conditioner or you’re looking to upgrade, be sure to check the label! This can mean a saving of up to 60% compared to a conventional appliance. New models usually feature an energy-saving eco-mode, which adapts the temperature to the time of year.

Remember that this advice applies to all home appliances, so bear it in mind when shopping.

2. Put it in the right place


You might not think it has an effect, but where you put your air conditioner can influence how well it works and how much energy it uses. To make it more efficient and less wasteful, it's best to put it out of the sun. Nor should it be in areas exposed to draughts from outside or heat sources like an oven, as both can affect its temperature readings.

3. Keep it well maintained


If you want air conditioning to work as it should, it’s vital that you take proper care of it. You only have to clean its filters once or twice a year. This is a key to saving money. Dirty appliances require more energy to maintain the indicated temperature.

How is this done? Very easily. Just take out the filters, clean them with a small amount of soapy water and let them dry before putting them back. However, we advise that you check the manufacturer’s instructions for any specific recommendations for your appliance.

4. Keep the temperature at 23–25° C


When the heat is oppressive, it can be tempting to set the air conditioning to a very low temperature, but this really isn’t needed and is a lot more costly. So much so, for every degree you turn it down, consumption can increase by up to 8%.

Spanish Thermal Building Regulations (Reglamento de Instalaciones Térmicas en los Edificios) determine that during summer, the optimal indoor temperature is 23–25° C, with a humidity of between 45% and 60%. Meanwhile in winter, 21–23° C is recommended. It is also important that the difference in outdoors and indoors temperatures never be more than 12 degrees, as this can cause thermal shock, which is not helpful in the slightest.

5. Try to insulate your house well


Whether it’s hot or cold, your home needs to be well insulated to maintain a comfortable temperature inside. For this to work, your doors and windows need to do their job properly.

Something as simple as lowering the blinds, shutters or awnings during the hottest part of the day can help cut temperatures considerably and you don’t need to put the air conditioning on for as long. Ideally, open your windows first thing in the morning and, from about 10 o’clock, lower your blinds until it starts to cool down in the afternoon. It is also important to keep doors closed during these hours.

Did you know that IKEA has an energy-saving blind? Yes indeed! It’s called HOPPVALS and is inspired by the bee, one of nature's wisest creatures. The honeycomb structure inside creates a layer of insulation which helps reduce heating and, of course, air conditioning costs. The blind softens overall light levels and stops anyone outside from seeing in.

6. Don’t leave the air con on while you’re asleep


Leaving the air conditioning on all night is a massive waste of energy and might even be harmful to your health. So if the heat is keeping you awake, it’s better to use a timer on your air con, set to turn off after half an hour or so. By then you should have fallen asleep and the temperatures will gradually drop, so you’ll no longer need it.

If the night is particularly sweltering and you need to leave the air con on, use the thermostat to keep the temperature from dropping any more than necessary.

Have you taken note? Apart from everything we’ve told you, there are other ways you can make the house much cooler without using air conditioning. Try them out and you’ll notice the difference. We tell you all about them here:

And if you want to further reduce your energy use at home, be sure to watch this video with its easy and practical tips.

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