Winter is here, therefore, the need to heat up homes will most likely double up, which can cause higher energy consumption. In a published article of Comparethemarket, most Australians were found to have higher energy consumption during winter, which runs up their electric bill.
This article shows how you can avoid this increased energy bill without compromising the warmth and comfort inside your house through the use of the right temperature for your air conditioner and more. Read on.
What is the ideal AC temperature for WINTER?
Did you know that air conditioners (AC) have an ideal temperature that you should use on different seasons?
Yes, there is!
During summer, the ideal temperature to set your AC is 22 – 24 degrees. While during winter, it’s more ideal to set it on 20 – 22 degrees.
An air conditioner that has a heating capability is using a reverse cycle. Instead of sucking up the heat inside your home, it gets heat from the outside.
But is there heat outside the house during wintertime?
Yes! This may sound surprising but even on winter days, there’s heat that can be used from the outside of your home. This is then sucked up and brought inside your home; thus, keeping you warm and cozy.
But why do I need to set my AC at an ideal temperature?
The higher temperature you put on your AC’s settings, the harder it will have to work. This means it will need to pump twice its usual work just to achieve the temperature you’ve set it to reach. As a result, it’ll consume more energy and increase your energy bill.
This scenario will better help you understand how increasing your AC temperature results in increased energy usage:
Just try imagining yourself performing an intense workout. You’ll need a lot of energy to do it. So before you do that, you’ll consume heavier meals or else, it’ll be hard for you to complete your exercise routine. So, to ensure that you’re not overworking your AC, which can blow up your electric bill, put it on its ideal temperature setting. This way, your AC can work with ease without using exerting too much effort.
Aside from using the AC, what are the other things that can help warm up a home during winter?
Now that we’ve shown you the right way to set your AC’s setting, we’ll give you additional things to help warm up your home without the need to use additional energy.
#1 Cover your windows
Covering your windows is helpful not only in warming your home during winter but also in cooling the house during summer.
Heavy curtains are very helpful in sealing and insulating your home. Long heavy lined curtains can block the heat from passing through your window. This way, you easily trap and retain the warmth inside your home.
So invest in some beautiful curtains for winter and summer to help reduce your energy bill all year round.
#2 Insulate your home
Holes or gaps in the window, in the door, or around the air conditioner will force heat to go out of your house. That means a longer time to heat up your home.
To avoid this, make sure to patch holes where the heat can leak. Otherwise, insulate your home to help your AC do its job efficiently.
#3 Choose the right AC size
Air conditioners have different sizes and designs that are intended for a specific size of space. In order to make it efficient, you need to use it to space it’s built for.
Below is a chart that shows the ideal aircon size to heat specific rooms:
|Room size m²
|Cooling capacity (C) / Heating capacity (H)
|3.0m x 3.0m = 9m2
|5.0m x 5.0m = 25m2
|3.5kw(C)/3.7KW – 4.3KW (H)
|5.5m x 5.5m = 30m2
|3.5kw(C)/3.7KW(H) – 5.0KW(C)/6.0KW(H)
|6.3m x 6.3m = 40m2
|5.0KW(C)/6.0KW(H) – 6.0KW(C)/7.2KW(H)
|6.7m x 6.7m = 45m2
|6.0KW(C)/7.2KW(H) – 7.1KW(C)/8.0KW(H)
|7.1m x 7.1m = 50m2
|7.1KW(C)/8.0KW(H) – 8.0KW(C)/9.0KW(H)
|7.7m x 7.7m = 55m2
|8.0KW(C)/9.0KW(H) – 9.2KW(C)/10.0KW(H)
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#4 Wear appropriate clothing
Wearing appropriate clothes is one of the easiest things to do that can make you warm. Clothes that are made with nylon, polyester, or wool will be your best choice. You can also use thermal underwear to help regulate your body temperature. Most importantly, don’t forget to pair it with a pair of warm boots and gloves.
So, there you go! Do these things and you can ensure that you won’t have to keep from shivering with the winter breeze only because you want to save on your energy bill.
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