With temperatures soaring to often unbearable levels, keeping cool is priority. Retreat from the heat with our 7 tips, to keep cool and save energy, using your air conditioner and DIY home hacks. Keeping comfortably cool has never been such a breeze!
1. Keep it Clean!
It is important to clean your air conditioner filters regularly – as often as every two weeks. Not only does a regular filter clean improve your air conditioner’s efficiency, it also prolongs its lifespan. For a quick how-to guide, check out https://www.mitsubishi-electric.co.nz/materials/Aircon/Info_Guides/QuickCleanKit.pdf
2. Don’t Push it to the Limit
Turning down your thermostat by 10°C won’t cool the room down any faster than if you turn it down by 2°C – it will simply make your air conditioner work harder for longer. Avoid using more energy than necessary by setting your thermostat to around 22°C.
3. Dry for Some Time
An effective way to keep temperatures comfortable while spending less money on energy bills is to utilise the Dry Mode. When setting your air conditioner to Dry mode, the fan will be running but no temperature is set; creating a cooling effect by removing excess moisture from the room.
4. Draw the Curtains
Simple yet effective, keeping your curtains and blinds closed blocks out the sun; preventing your home from becoming a miniature greenhouse.
5. Drink and Eat Cool
Keep cool as a cucumber by staying hydrated and grabbing your favorite summer treat. Cold food and drink can help keep you cool from within and soothe the summer burn. Avoid spicy foods, up your fruit and vegetable intake and indulge in an ice-cream!
6. Swap the Sheets
Avoid sweaty sleepless nights by changing up your sheets. Stay away from the synthetic blends, and switch to cool cotton; lightweight and breathable, 100% cotton sheets allow for good air circulation.
7. Get the BBQ Going
No-one wants to be standing over a hot stove when it’s warm inside. Prevent extra heat build-up by moving the cooking outside. If you don’t have a BBQ, keep the heat and moisture from cooking to a minimum by using the extractor fan, opening a window and keeping the lid on your pots and pans.