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Living in Australia you would have started to notice the temperature rising, and with summer fast approaching you’ll be wanting to stay as cool as a cucumber. Living through a hot summer without air-conditioning seems a tad unrealistic, but you all know air-conditioning can make up a big part of your power expenses. How does one stay chilled without wasting money?

Of course there is the importance of maintenance, using a fan, setting the temperature to the right amount and using a timer to help your air-conditioner work as effectively as possible, but have you heard about this little air-conditioning trick that could save you a fortune?

While sweltering through Australia’s warm temps earlier this year, one Facebook user decided to share her top tip for keeping her house cool while not adding to her power bill, and it’s super simple.

All you need is to make use of the ‘Dry’ setting of your air-conditioning unit.

This setting is said to remove the humidity from the air and runs the compressor at a reduced speed, which in turns saves you money on energy consumption.

It also means your air-conditioner isn’t blowing out as much cold air straight at you that can make it unpleasant for some who don’t like things to be too cold.

Finding the ‘Dry’ setting

A number of air-conditioning remote controls have multiple setting options. The ‘Dry’ setting is usually the one where there is a water drop and the ‘Cool’ setting should be the one with a snowflake.

Look for the water drop icon on your remote when looking to choose 'Dry' mode.
Look for the water drop icon on your remote when looking to choose ‘Dry’ mode.

While the ‘Dry’ setting removes humidity, it does not remove all of the humidity from a room. The air in the room passes through your air-conditioner and the water vapor condenses on the evaporator. Dry air then exits the unit and flows back into your room.

With less humidity, you will feel cooler.

Are you using this trick? Does it make a difference to your power costs? Do you have any other tips to stay cool this summer? Share them with us.

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  1. I tried this ‘trick’ for a while. It did reduce the humidity but certainly did not cool the place down sufficiently on the very hot days. Our home is our castle. We spend most of our time under its roof – so, for us, if we have to pay more during summer for cool comfort, then so be it. 🙂

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    • Totally agree, Chris!

      In all ways’, some of the ‘saving tips’ are just a right pain in the proverbial to do.
      Time is wasted, just plain fiddley.

    • I have to agree with you Chris – I haven’t tried it, but living in steamy Queensland, our air conditioner is our saviour in the hot weather, and I’ll forgo other things if I have to to pay for it.

  2. given it stills runs the compressor, I’m doubting the savings are going to be appreciated if one is still not comfortable

    I have internal/external thermometers telling me the inside/outside temperatures – when it’s a more pleasant temperature outside than inside I open all windows – and close them when it’s not – but we live in an ideal thermal mass unit with concrete floors and ceiling, minimal exposed brick walls, and neighbours above and below and either side – so we rarely need heating or cooling.

    If you live in a thin-walled uninsulated free-standing house in a place like Canberra you’re going to be burning a ton of fuel just to try and stay warm – you need those higher salaries there to help pay your heating bills.

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