With the summer months setting in, it’s only a matter of time before you turn on your air conditioner. Whether you have central air conditioning or window units, cooling off is key during these hot days and nights. But with comfort comes cost. On average, for every 36 square feet that you cool at home, the utility bill is between $0.25-35 per hour—depending on if you set the temperature to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (which sounds nice but results in higher bills) or 68 degrees Fahrenheit which means lower bills but less comfortable living space).

The best way to keep from spending too much money this season, then? Choose an appropriate room size so your AC will run as little as possible throughout those warmer hours.

Begin by changing the settings of your AC

Experts agree that 78 degrees is the most appropriate setting for your air conditioner. Quick Air recommends a temperature of 77-80, so it's perfect if you want to stay cool while keeping your electricity bill low. Suppose you're starting at or near 78: great. Just turn up the thermostat by one degree every few days until it feels just right, and then leave it there all summer long (especially with these hot temperatures).

By setting your thermostat seven or ten degrees lower for eight hours every day, you can save 10% every year on your energy bills. On average, Americans spend around $1,100 annually on energy. You can save more than $100 a year by changing your thermostat from 68 to 78 degrees in the summer and back to 68 degrees in the winter.

Adjust the ceiling fans of your AC

A ceiling fan can help your air conditioning do a better job. If you live in a house, chances are it has an AC unit that pumps out cool air to make the space more comfortable. But what does this mean? When we turn on our AC units at home, they work by emitting coldness into any room plugged in and turned on (or just about anywhere). The way these machines’ function relies heavily upon their ability to circulate cooled water through coils hidden within them, which creates invisible currents of wind as well as the cooling effect felt around its immediate vicinity when first turning ON or while running continuously for long periods – usually enough to cover one bedroom’s worth of surface area with ease.

Fans can make all the difference in your home. According to the United States Department of Energy, a ceiling fan can make you feel four degrees cooler. Now let’s go back to our 78-degree rule: maybe that is too warm, but 74 might be just right for you. Turn on those fans and keep up with higher temperatures instead – it will feel much more refreshing than what it's reading at first glance. There are two things we want to remind ourselves about here, though:

  1. Be sure not to run them clockwise because this will blow Air into rather than out of your room
  2. please remember these tricks only work if they're running against gravity

A fan helps cool down an area, but if you turn off the air conditioner and don't put up a screen or shade to keep direct sunlight out of the room, it will take more time and energy to cool it when turning the AC on again.

Coldest temperature for an air conditioner

The best way to keep cool in summer is with an air conditioner. Air conditioning units can reduce room temperature by at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and some models go as low as 16 degrees Celsius. If you want your AC unit running but it's not hot outside, wait for a few minutes before operating or turn up the fan speed on higher settings – this will help circulate cold air better around your home while waiting for things to heat back up.

Air conditioners are not only for cooling your room when the temperature outside is too hot. They have a lot of complicated mechanical parts that you may need to give special attention to. You will be surprised by this; if you happen to turn on your air conditioner while it's already lower than what's inside, then there might come a time where the lubricant can no longer work and would eventually destroy all those mechanisms in one go. Luckily, we don't always face such unfortunate circumstances because windows offer an excellent alternative at times like these by letting us enjoy cool breezes outdoors!

If your AC unit is on the blink, our HVAC team at Quick Air will be there 24/7 to help. We offer emergency service and if you’re in a bind, call us for fast assistance that won't break the bank. Call now at 1300 730 896.