Authored by: Mr. Avinash Khemka, Chief Manager – HVAC, International Copper Association India
India’s economic growth has empowered the average middle-class family to afford a comfortable and healthy lifestyle. Air conditioners, once considered a mark of luxury have now become easily accessible to middle-class. They are found in every Indian household, in both metro and non-metro cities.
With the introduction of new technology, health benefits and energy efficiency, consumers have become aware of the need for an AC. Today they have a wide-range of brands and product offerings to select from.
It is essential to keep in mind some important points, while installing air conditioners at your home:
Ø Air conditioners should be installed where there is enough space for maintenance. If it is installed in a cramped space, the maintenance would be difficult which would eventually hike the electricity bills.
Ø It is necessary to install the unit under a shaded area as it will prevent direct sunlight on the air conditioner.
With rising mercury levels and increasing electricity tariffs, an energy efficient model of air conditioner is a must-buy. Air conditioners come with star rated energy efficiency ratings; also called EER, which has been standardised by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Therefore, any AC with more stars will consume lesser electricity than one with a lower star rating.
Simply installing the air conditioner will not serve the purpose unless you follow these tips which would help save energy:
Ø The ideal thermostat range for comfort cooling is between 24 degree Celsius and 26 degree Celsius. Change of 1 degree Celsius in the thermostat setting can impact your energy bill by 3% to 5%.
Ø Make sure to clean the air conditioner filter regularly. This will improve cooling, reduce compressor running time and consume less energy. Dusty filters impact the inflow of air into the air conditioner thereby making it work harder (consume more electricity).
Ø Ensure to not allow cold air escape your room by keeping all windows and doors closed. This will help in minimizing energy consumption of room air conditioners.
Ø Do not place lights, computers, televisions and other light-producing devices near the air conditioner thermostat, as it will impact the proper functioning of the thermostat and thereby make the air conditioner condenser work longer and consume more electricity.
Ø Using a ceiling fan with air conditioner helps in reducing air conditioner load.
Ø Nowadays, AC is not just used for cooling, but as a multi seasonal product which can also be used in winter for heating. These hot and cold air conditioners also save up to 35% more energy than heaters.
Ø It is important to understand the benefits of having a 100% Copper Advantage ACs. 100% Copper Advantage ACs means that the indoor unit’s evaporator, outdoor unit’s condenser as well as the connecting tube is made of copper. Such ACs are easy to maintain, does not develop gas leakages easily, and gives continuous and hassle-free cooling in the longer run.
Make a smart investment this summer by choosing an air conditioner that meets your requirements. Also, maintaining and operating an air conditioner correctly can help you save a lot of electricity and reduce your electricity bills. So do make sure that you get your AC in right condition before the summer starts.