we bring you some tips to save on air conditioning now that the heat begins to arrive. Between heat waves and summer, we are possibly going to use this wonderful invention of humanity to cool down, but given the price of electricity, many of us are going to have to plan it well so as not to go bankrupt.
We are going to start the article by telling you about the ideal temperature at which it is convenient to put the air to save on the electricity bill without being overheated. And then, we will tell you what time it is convenient for you to start it to spend less.
What is the ideal temperature
One of the important aspects to take into account is the ideal temperature at which to maintain the air conditioning. Here, according to a study by the IDAE (Institute for the Diversification of Savings and Energy) and taking into account standardized criteria for ergonomics of the thermal environment of the RITE (Regulation of Thermal Installations in Buildings), the ideal temperature in summer is between 23 and 25 degrees when we are in a closed environment such as the home and we are not doing any physical activity.
Below 23 degrees the air will be drier and electricity consumption will increase unnecessarily. According to calculations, each degree lower than that temperature can mean between 5% and 7% increase in air conditioning consumption. On the other hand, if it rises above 25 degrees, it will increase the feeling of embarrassment, discomfort, and we will sleep worse.
Therefore, when putting on the air conditioning in summer, think that the best is 25 degrees, and that if you are too hot, perhaps you can lower it to 23. But below that temperature everything will be more expensiveand you can end up paying more.
Of course, one thing is what science says and another what you are going to feel. This advice tries to help you save, but if you find that 23 degrees is not enough, you may want to spend a little more in exchange for being able to survive the summer heat and spring heat waves.
What time to put the air conditioning
As for the hours to put on the air conditioning, there is something you should know. The process of turning on the air conditioner is the one that consumes the most energy, because it is when all the machinery starts up and quickly tries to reduce electricity consumption. Therefore, one of the most important aspects is to turn on the air conditioning at a time when electricity is not very expensive.
And as for what time it is convenient to turn it on, to find out, you have to look at the price of electricity each day. Here, it depends on the rate you have. If you have a regulated rate there is a website where you can check the price of each day, which is Tarifaluzhora.es. Meanwhile, if you are in the free market, it will depend on the company with which you have contracted electricity, that is, you will have to look on their website.
The idea here is make sure to turn on the air at a time when you pay the least possible. Come on, if you are very hot at 1:00 p.m., but electricity is notably cheaper at 2:00 p.m., it may be better wait an hour or two for electricity to be cheaper to turn on the air first.
Obviously, if you keep the air on only when it is cheaper, you will save more. But if you need to have it on all afternoon, the important thing is that the consumption peak you generate when you turn it on is when it will cost you the least.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism