As we dive head-first into summer, you’re probably keen to keep your house nice and cool without suffering eye wateringly high energy bills. The good news is air conditioners are one of the most efficient ways to keep your house comfortable, and with a few heat pump hacks from the team at BOP Heat Pumps, you can keep the power bill to a minimum.
If you don’t yet have an air conditioner, now’s the perfect time to get one installed. Talk to us today to get one put into your Tauranga, Papamoa or Mount Maunganui home.
Use your Air Conditioner’s Summer Setting
It may sound simple, but many people forget to switch their air conditioning unit to summer’s cooling setting, forcing it to work harder than it needs to in order to cool down the house. We’re well and truly out of winter, so now’s the time to flick that switch!
In summer, efficient air conditioner use is all about keeping cool air inside the house. The best way to achieve this is to keep doors and windows closed when the air conditioner is running and closing curtains when the sun starts streaming in. It’s pretty hard to tell Kiwis to close their doors in summer – we love our indoor-outdoor flow! – but this is one of the best ways to keep your power bill down and your home cool.
Appliances Create Heat
If something is plugged in, it creates heat. We know that ovens and stove tops generate heat, which is part of why NZ-ers are pretty partial to a summer BBQ! But have you thought about your computer, mobile phone, tv or even your vacuums? These everyday appliances generate a fair amount of heat yet are often overlooked – the bottom line is, if you want a pleasant surprise on your next energy bill, unplug more often.
Try a Cold Shower
Hot water and steam from the shower contribute to your house’s temperature. Closing the door to the bathroom will help keep the warmth contained to just that room, but why not try a cold shower instead? It is summer after all! You’ll feel refreshed and your air conditioner will have that much less heat and humidity to fight against.
Insulation isn’t only for winter – just as it traps warmth inside, insulation also keeps cool air indoors during the hotter months. Consider investing in underfloor and ceiling insulation – it’s a year-round solution for comfortable temperatures, energy efficiency and healthier homes.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
When it comes to efficiency, maintenance is key. Now that it’s spring, you’re out of the heavy winter use but haven’t reached the height of summer. This is the perfect time to book in your annual air conditioner service where the unit’s ducts, filters, fluid levels and motor will be thoroughly inspected, cleaned and replaced if necessary.
Wherever you are in the BOP, from Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, Te Puke to Whakatane, enjoy staying cool for less this summer with our easy air conditioner hacks.