10 tips to get the most out of your air conditioning this summer
Set temperatures on the air conditioner between 24 and 25 degrees. Setting an air conditioner just one degree warmer than you normally would can cut cooling costs by 10 per cent
Only cool the areas people are in by using zoned cooling or alternating between separate units
Add window coverings such as drapes or roller blinds that fit snugly around windows. This can reduce seasonal heat exchange by almost half. Blinds with light-coloured backings on window-facing sides deflect sun heat
Get in early on a hot day and close windows, lower blinds and close off rooms not in use to reduce heating inside
Plant shade trees, wall vines and thick shrubs. Think about shade covering for not only windows but walls and roofs as well. Planting smart for summer can cool a home by up to 12 degrees
Add exterior shades or awnings. This can decrease the temperature in a room by up to 3 degrees
When buying a new air conditioner, consider the size of the room. A unit too small for the space will need to run constantly.
Ensure air conditioners are in good shape by regularly cleaning or replacing the filter, keeping outdoor equipment for the system free of dirt, leaves and other debris, and covering the external part of the system when not in use during cooler months
Check the insulation in ceilings and walls. The better the insulation, the more likely cool air will stay where it's needed
Draught-proof your home. This will further ensure refrigerated air stays inside to cool your home efficiently.