Power costs are a major concern of those who have air conditioning, especially if the device has additional features, such as heating mode. Then the question arises: does the air conditioner spend more on heat?
For those who care about thermal comfort at home or in the office at all times of the year, including winter, this is a very important question. Are we going to find out the answer?
Does hot mode consume more power?
Air conditioning consumes more electrical energy when you have to work harder. If it’s too hot, it will work harder to cool the environment. If it’s too cold, it’ll work harder to warm it up. So no, this is a myth. It is not the heating function that will make your air conditioner consume more or less electrical energy, but the work that the engine will do to condition the environment.
But why does he seem to spend more?
People get the impression that heating mode spends more because hot air is heavier, denser. This makes many people think that air conditioning works more than normal. That’s not true.
Air conditioning spends more when it works harder
An air conditioning control device in both cooling and heating mode will work in the same way. That is, the greater the temperature difference you have to compensate for, the more work and therefore the more expense you will have.
For example: if it is very cold, the air conditioner will have more work to heal the environment. However, the same thing happens when it is very hot and needs to cool down.
How can I make my air conditioner spend less?
See? As explained above, there is no difference in the operation between the two functions. The air conditioner consumes electrical energy according to the amount of work you have to do. Therefore, it is also good to look at other factors that may more or less influence the work and engine expense of your equipment:
- Doors, windows and other openings prevent air conditioning from staying inside the room, forcing the air conditioner to work at full capacity all the time;
- A large movement of people also causes the same problem;
- A device of poor size, that is, a device with a power that is not suitable for the size or demand of the environment.
- The improperly installed device, usually with the wrong distance between the air outlets and entries and the wall or ceiling.
Does the climate matter in my region?
These are some of the “controllable” factors that can be avoided so that air conditioning does not consume as much energy, but apply to both cold and heat mode.
Other factors have to do with the climate of your region. If it’s a hot place all year round, the cold probably won’t be as severe, so the air conditioner won’t have to work that hard. However, if it is a place where winter is really very cold, then your device will have to do more to heat the indoor environments.
What are the advantages of heated air conditioning?
However, even if you live in a region with mild winter temperatures, the comfort provided by an air conditioner is always essential for those who value health and well-being. Remembering that air conditioning not only acclimatizes environments but also filters air and decreases relative humidity, which is good for those living in very humid places.