Sometimes air conditioning is a must, especially in Guanacaste where it can be extremely hot. Electricity costs are high in Costa Rica, so to help reduce your energy consumption and save money, check out the tips below:
1. Program Your AC: During the night you won’t require the same level of cooling in your home. Program your AC to shut off an hour or two after you’ve gone to sleep to save energy at night.
2. Raise It Up: Raise the temperature on your thermostat a couple degrees. Consider raising the temperature to 78-80 degrees to keep your AC at an optimal performance level. This could help you save 20% or more on your cooling costs!
3. Install an Energy Efficient AC: If your air conditioner is old, consider buying an energy-efficient model. Mini-splits are the most popular type of air conditioner in Costa Rica. Mounted on the wall, they provide zoned cooling so you don’t waste energy.
4. Heat & Humidity: Pay attention to ways you are routinely adding heat and humidity to your home, such as boiling water and showering. Turning off lights and adding proper ventilation systems to kitchen and bathroom areas can help reduce your heat and humidity.
5. Service Your Unit: Some basic maintenance might be all your air conditioner needs to keep it running efficiently for years. Routinely clean or replace the filters on your indoor unit, every month or two. An HVAC technician should do a complete maintenance every six months. This will help your unit cool better and use less energy.
6. Out and About: While you’re out, turn you AC off if you will be away for a long time. For shorter periods away, turn your AC up to 85 and make sure the windows and curtains are closed to keep out the heat. That will allow the room to stay cool for as long as possible so that your unit won’t have to work too hard to cool your space when you are back home.