The Secret Guide to Beating the Heat with Your Air Conditioner
According to The Times, Summer 2018 has seen several countries record some of the hottest temperatures in their history; this might be the consequence of global warming and industrialization, which are big and serious topics, but what we do know for sure is that the weather is not getting any less hot anytime soon. Although you may not necessarily experience severe heat waves, droughts or wildfires, you definitely still feel the immense heat and want to stay as comfortable as possible at home. What do most of us do? Turn to our air conditioner!
How can I cope with both rising humidity and soaring temperatures?
A Summer filled with humidity makes us hot, sticky and just extremely uncomfortable. You can keep humidity and temperature at bay by using your AC on Dry Mode; this sets your AC fan to a low speed and intermittently turns on your AC compressor, which can help you reduce humidity. However, Dry Mode does not cool your room as well as Cool Mode would, so adding in a fan can help with air circulation and bring better results. When is Dry Mode most efficient? The answer is here.
Summer is here but my AC isn’t cold enough. What can I do?
First of all, in order to get the most out of your AC you need to make sure that it is the right size for your room and placed at the right spot. An AC that is too big will cool your room too quickly and turn off too often, an AC too small will not be able to cool your room efficiently at all.
If you have already ticked the size and placement boxes, here are some quick fixes for you to look into:
- Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the dust off of the surface of your AC; make sure to wear a mask and be careful!
- Replace your AC filters every three months or at least clean them; without a clean filter your air conditioner cannot function optimally!
In general, remember that regular AC maintenance will ensure smooth operation and an easier summer for you, without any accidents or last-minute technical difficulties! If a problem does arise, get a technician to fix it sooner than later so that it doesn’t escalate.
What are the ideal AC settings for Summer?
According to Energy Star, the ideal AC setting is at 26 degrees Celsius. Having said that, there is no “perfect set temperature” for your air conditioner because the weather and your preferences fluctuate and are individual, hence making your desired conditions different. For example, different outdoor weather conditions require different AC modes or a combination of settings, and our body temperature fluctuates according to our metabolic cycle. When trying to set the perfect temperature, using a smart AC remote controller with various sensors could be the best way to optimize your comfort.
How can I deal with the effects of intense sunlight?
Thermal radiation is the reason why sunlight makes our body heat up; it is basically how energy is transferred. In order to reduce the discomfort of the blazing sun, we recommend a few things:
- Close your blinds and curtains during the day to reduce radiation absorption
- Wear lighter color clothes; dark clothes will absorb more heat and make you uneasy
- Get a smart AC remote controller with a smart sunlight sensor that can help you auto-adjust your AC to match outdoor conditions
How can I save energy using my air conditioner and stay comfortable at the same time?
In order to use the air conditioner in an efficient way, we have to first have a better understanding of it by busting some AC myths. Many people think that setting the air conditioner to a very low temperature will cool the room faster, but it actually only wastes more energy without being any quicker than a slightly higher temperature! Another popular myth people tend to trust, is that temperature is the only thing that matters when it comes to comfort; but there are many other factors, such as sunlight, time of day or humidity, which is why it can be important and beneficial to take all factors into account in order to maximize comfort and save energy!
We sure hope all these tips will help you make better use of your air conditioner and improve both your comfort and your ever-soaring energy bills! Have more tips to share with us? Let us know in the comments!