Christmas can be an expensive time of year. These handy hints will help reduce costs for your business, allowing you to spend money on what matters to you. The festive period will make it a busier time of year and most businesses are likely to see an increase in their energy bills. As more businesses turn to switch their air conditioner (AC) from cooling to heating mode for the next few months follow these tips to save both energy and money.
Select the right temperature on your AC:
Stick to 19°C as your ideal set point temperature. According to the Energy Savings Trust turning down the heating by a degree can save you up to £85 on your annual energy bill. For rooms that are used infrequently (e.g. toilets and storerooms), the temperature should be 16°C in winter.
Clean or replace air conditioning filters:
You will want to clean your filters once every couple of months, ideally before you start using your AC for continuous heating. Replacing an old filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
Turn off the AC when leave work for the day:
A common myth is that leaving your air conditioner on all day will help save money compared to restarting it each and every time you turn it back on. In reality this is a far more expensive way to heat your business as you are not using the air conditioner efficiently. Air conditioners are designed to work best when they are operating at full capacity. So make sure you turn off your AC when you close up for the day.
Use smart technology
Climair by Novo, launching in 2017 (pre-order price of £99) allows you to take full control of your AC anytime, anywhere directly from your smartphone. This is a hassle free way to manage your AC energy bills. With Climair you can pre-heat your business before you get there so you arrive to the perfect temperature. The geolocation facility on the free mobile app also means your AC will turn off when you leave work at the end of the day.
Close all doors and windows
Make sure that doors and windows are closed while your AC is operating. It will have to work harder to heat your room if you leave the doors open which is likely to cause an increase in your winter energy bills.