In most parts of the world)(especially in Africa) The weather gets hotter at some point, and everyone starts to turn on the air conditioner. Air conditioners are “big power consumers”. To save electricity, some people keep turning on and off the air conditioners. Basically, they turn them on when they are hot and turn them off when they are cool. Does it really save electricity when it is turned on and off? In this post, we shall learn about the impact of toggling an air conditioner off and on vis-a-vis when you leave it on to work continuously
Should We Keep The Air Conditioner On, Or Toggle it Off and On?
Answer: Keep the air conditioner on, which saves more money than turning it on and off!
To put this in perspective, frequently turning on and turning off the air conditioner, consumes the most electricity! In addition, by turning off and turning on the A/C, the compressor will develop problems faster because it is often turned on and off. You sure will burn out the compressor faster than expected.
A Typical Experiment on how frequently toggling your Air conditioner off and on can be detrimental to your Unit
During an experiment in China, a staff of the Metrology Center of Nanning Power Supply Bureau conducted an experiment in two laboratories. During the experiment, the air conditioners were turned on in the same cooling mode, and the temperature was preset at 26°C. The air conditioner in one of the rooms was kept on. The other room imitates the cycle mode of “open-close-open”, turning on and off the machine every 5 to 10 minutes. The experiment time is half an hour.
The experimental results show that the power consumption of the air conditioner in both modes is 0.24 degrees. However, since the actual running time of the air conditioner that is repeatedly switched on and off is only half, it can be seen that this method does not reduce the power consumption, but increases the power consumption.
The staff member said: “Because the instantaneous current of the air conditioner is often large when it is started, if it is repeatedly started, the power consumption will increase accordingly, and it is not conducive to the maintenance of the air conditioner.”
Experiment 2 In Japan
A few days ago, a Japanese conducted an experiment on air-conditioning electricity charges on the Internet:
In the same long period of time, the electricity bill for the 24-hour air conditioner is 26,926 yen, and the electricity bill for the on-and-off electricity bill is 34,291 yen. Obviously, it can be compared, it is cheaper to keep driving for 24 hours.
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How to Make Your Air-Conditioner To Be Super Energy-Efficient
1. Unplug after turning off the air conditioner
After the air conditioner is turned off, as long as the plug is not unplugged, it still consumes a small amount of electricity. Therefore, don’t be too troublesome, you should unplug the power supply in time after turning off the air conditioner.
2. Dehumidify The Unit In Sauna Days
On a sauna day, turning on the dehumidification function of the air conditioner will not only be cooler but also save electricity bills.
3. Adjust The Temperature to Between 26℃~27℃
The most suitable temperature for the air conditioner is 26°C~27°C, which is the most suitable temperature for the human body, which is comfortable and energy-saving. Someone has done an experiment.
Every time the temperature setting is increased by 1℃, the power consumption will be reduced by 7%~10%.
4. Don’t Turn Off the Air Conditioner When You Go Out for a Short Time
If you go out for a short time, it is best not to turn off the air conditioner, for example, within 1 hour, so that the air conditioner will save electricity. The high voltage of 500~1000 watts generated when the air conditioner is started consumes more power.
5. When Cooling, Set The Air Vent To Face Upwards
The cold airflow is heavier than air and easy to sink. Therefore, the air outlet is upward during cooling and downward during heating, and the temperature adjustment efficiency will be greatly improved.
6. Make Use of Sun-Blocking/Blackout Curtains
When using the air conditioner, try to avoid direct sunlight in the room where the air conditioner is installed. This can save about 5% of power consumption.
7. Use Sleep Mode at Night
Set the air conditioner to sleep before going to bed, the operating frequency and wind speed of the air conditioner will be significantly reduced, and it will operate in a quiet, comfortable, and energy-saving state.