Are you environmentally-conscious? You’re not alone! These days, we’re all becoming more aware of our impact on the world around us, and making more environmentally-friendly choices in the way we lead our lives.

The good news is that modern air conditioners have plenty of eco-friendly options, that will not only help protect the environment but also save you a few pounds on your energy bills in the process.

If you’re interested in eco-friendly air conditioning, these are the most important considerations to bear in mind:

The right size

It’s important to pick the right sized air conditioning unit for the size of your home. If it’s too small, it won’t keep your home cool, and it will waste electricity trying to do so by running non-stop. Another issue with a unit that’s too small is that it won’t be able to balance the cooled air in the unit’s condenser with the humid, expended air that the evaporator draws from your home.

Programmable thermostats

If you want to save energy, it’s essential that your air conditioner has a thermostat that’s fully programmable. This will prevent wasted energy as you can set the programme to turn the unit off when nobody’s at home. Programmable thermostats are particularly handy if you have a regular schedule each week. You don’t have to always remember to turn your unit off – it will do so automatically.

Two-stage compressors

The compressors inside the unit are the most energy-hungry components. Compressors have to work hard to squeeze the heat out of the air sucked into the unit. Two-stage compressors are designed to automatically compress more on hot days and less on cool days, saving you energy.

Customised matched systems

There are now eco-friendly air conditioning units on the market that achieve efficient energy usage by separating their energy sources. One source of energy is used for cooling and a second source of energy is used for heating. This allows full customisation to your needs to achieve optimum energy efficiency.

Geothermal heat pumps

Geothermal heat pumps use the earth as a heat sink, taking advantage of the natural heat flow from a warm area to a cool one. By balancing your home temperature with the temperature of the earth, geothermal heat pumps can achieve up to 40 per cent more energy efficiency compared to conventional systems.

Regular maintenance

You should have your air conditioning unit inspected and serviced by a qualified air conditioning engineer twice a year, ideally before summer and winter begin. You don’t want your unit to fail just as a heatwave or cold snap hits. The engineer will test the refrigerant pressure and check the airflow for leaks. A good engineer can also make recommendations as to how you can increase your unit’s energy efficiency.

Replacing air conditioners

If you already have air conditioning units, check to see their age. Older air conditioning units cannot hope to meet the higher environmental and energy efficiency standards of today. With older units, you could be paying substantially more on energy bills than you need to. Your best bet would be to replace any ageing units with more modern, eco-friendly models. You’ll enjoy both higher performance and reduced energy bills.

Want to know more about how environmentally-friendly air conditioning can save you money? Call our friendly experts at JP Air Conditioning on 020 8333 1191 or drop us a line at info@jpaircon.com. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions.