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Should I Turn My AC Off Every Time I Leave the House?

Summer is here, and most of us are going to be running our AC a lot more. Of course, no one likes an inflated energy bill, which is why it’s important to find ways to even out your overall cooling costs, especially if you are going to be using your air conditioner every day. Many assume that the best way to do this is by turning your AC unit off every time you leave the house. However, this is not necessarily the case. Keep reading to learn why you may actually want to keep your AC running while you’re gone during the day, and remember to contact our Palm Beach County HVAC pros at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC for all your AC service needs.

Reasons to Keep Your AC Running During the Summer:

  1. You Save More Money by Turning Up Your Thermostat: When you turn your AC off before going to work, the system then has to start from square one when you get home later. This is fine for when you are gone for long periods of time and don’t want to spend extra money on cooling costs, or even for when you only need minimal cooling power. However, by turning your AC off when you leave for the day during the summer months, you’re forcing the system to work twice has hard later than if you had just let it run in the first place. Instead of always turning your AC off, consider balancing out your energy bill by turning up your thermostat. Raising the temperature on your thermostat’s temperature by 7-10 degrees reduces your AC’s workload significantly, and may save you as much as 10% on cooling costs. For those that do not want to make these adjustments every day, consider a programmable thermostat, which you can set to operate around your schedule.
  2. You Receive Added Protection from Bugs & Mold: If there’s one thing Florida residents know about, it’s humidity. Whenever you turn your AC off, the humidity levels in your home can rise as much as 60%, creating a breeding ground for 2 unwanted guests: mold and bugs. Many people don’t know that air conditioners do not just cool your home, they literally condition your air. In addition to lowering the temperature, air conditioners have a dehumidifying effect—which, when taken away, can invite pests into your house.
  3. You Will Be More Comfortable: Listen, we’re not saying you should keep your AC running for days at a time, or even at night, necessarily. If you think you can beat the heat with a fan, go for it! But when you turn your air conditioner on and off every day, you’re basically getting less comfort for more money. Leaving your AC running while adjusting the thermostat will reduce your energy bills and ensure that you don’t have to come home to a hot, sweaty house where it takes a long time to cool off.

Need AC Experts? Call Us Today!

Your air conditioning system is essential to your comfort in the summer, so make sure it is taken care of it. Contact our Palm Beach County experts at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC for AC repair, replacement, installation, and maintenance now. And remember, for those home cooling needs that just can’t wait, we provide 24/7 emergency service!

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