While homeowners generally desire a healthy indoor climate (characterised by adequate thermal comfort and good indoor air quality), attaining this quality can mean using an air conditioning system during the summer season.
An air conditioner can keep your house cool and comfortable by drawing heat from the interior environment and dissipating it outside. But air conditioning units require energy to operate. In fact, they are one of the biggest users of electricity in many Australian households.
Because of this, energy efficiency remains a top concern for most people looking to purchase and install an AC system in their homes. There are several things you can do to ensure efficient air conditioning in your home.
Keep reading to learn about some effective ways to save energy and money on air conditioning.
Embrace a passive house design
When it comes to beating the summer heat waves, nothing beats the efficiency that a passive house design provides. A passive house may not completely eliminate the need for artificial cooling, but it can significantly reduce the need for it.
The first thing you should pay attention to is the amount of insulation installed in your home. In summer, sufficient residential insulation can protect your home against significant heat gain from solar radiation, thus minimising your overall residential cooling demand. The less solar heat your house absorbs, the less cooling it will require to keep you comfortable enough.
As a result, you may require an air conditioning system that is smaller than you'd require for an uninsulated or poorly insulated house. A smaller AC unit will cost less to operate as it will use less energy than a bigger unit.
Also, make sure that your house is airtight. The presence of air leaks in or around the home can result in wastage of precious cooled air, causing your air conditioning system to overwork and use too much energy.
Choosing a high-efficiency air conditioner
Today's air conditioning system manufacturers recognise they have a role to play in helping people and businesses save energy. That's why they are constantly looking into new technologies that can help them make more energy-efficient products.
When shopping for an air conditioner, look for products with a high energy-efficiency rating. Usually, these air conditioners incorporate the latest HVAC technologies such as programmable thermostats and variable-speed compressors.
Although summer temperatures can make your house interiors feel intolerably hot, a passive house design and a properly sized air conditioning system can help keep the temperatures at a comfortable level.
Talk to the specialists at an HVAC company to determine how to save energy and money on your domestic air conditioning. For more information on air conditioning, contact a professional near you.
Welcome to my blog which covers a wide range of HVAC topics. I'm Josh and I live in Perth, Australia. I never really used to think about the HVAC system in my home. I believed that when it was hot the HVAC system would cool me down and when it was cold it would warm my house up. However, all that changed one day when the HVAC system went crazy. It began to blow hot air into my house on the warmest day of the year. The contractor I called out said that one of the sensors had broken. He explained how I could better maintain my HVAC system so I decided to start this blog.