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Air Conditioning

This is the category page for Air Conditioning.

An information-packed collection of articles covering all aspects of air conditioning and climate control for the home and workplace using many different methods that are currently available.

Homeowners, rental tenants and office, factory and workshop workers alike can benefit from owning one or more portable, fixed or fully installed cooling devices that are perfect for making a room or a whole building comfortable to occupy during the hot weather in summer.

Why We Need Air Conditioning

While not everyone in the world actually needs a type of artificial cooling solution, most notably those living in cold-all-year-round climates, there are plenty that do. We need it to make life bearable when the temperature gets too hot to be considered comfortable.

This is generally for people living in areas that have at least some of the year spent in hot weather.

While it is certainly possible to live through very hot days at home when there is not too much to do, it can be a completely different story at work, when that work is undertaken indoors, for example in an office or a workshop. It can be difficult to give your best performance when you're feeling very hot and perspiring at your desk or working over hot machinery.

Luckily, we have a cooling solution to alleviate that unwanted heat in the humble air conditioner. By taking the hot air in a room and chilling it, an air conditioner provides us with a way to create a comfortable interior atmosphere where we can work or relax in a temperature that we feel comfortable in.

Affordability

However, there is one downside to this popular and often necessary cooling solution and that's the cost of running one. A big, central household AC can use a lot of electricity to keep the home cool. That can represent a significant percentage of the household expense budget, especially when it's not managed correctly.

It is quite common for homeowners to set their cooling system to a lower temperature than is really necessary to be comfortable. That will result in higher energy usage and higher electricity bills.

Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the energy load on a central AC or for that matter zone cooling systems and individual window or portable units. Simply by setting the thermostat to a comfortable temperature and not a ″low″ one, a surprising amount of money can be saved by not using so much energy.

Despite a householder's best efforts, there will always be a substantial energy bill throughout summer and this is just one of the costs involved in maintaining a comfortable climate in the home. In winter, the pendulum swings the other way and it is the cost of heating that raises the energy bill.

The main point to realize is that economical measures can be taken to reduce the energy load on heating and cooling, many of them being simple common sense strategies that most people are capable of undertaking. In these pages, some of these strategies and ideas are covered to help you to reduce your costs where possible.

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