Turn Air Conditioner Off or Keep It Running During the Day?
Everyone worries about high monthly energy bills. However, in the middle of summer when it’s sweltering hot outside, some people forgo energy efficiency for comfort and leave their AC blasting all day—even when they’re not home. Some believe that keeping the cool air on is more energy efficient and others worry that turning an air conditioner off every time they leave is harmful to the unit.
We’re here to set the record straight once and for all on the age-old question of whether you should turn your air conditioner off or keep it running during the day?
We can expertly say that you should TURN IT OFF!
When you leave your home for an extended period to go to a full day of work or on vacation, make sure you shut your air conditioner off. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not more energy efficient to cool an empty house or beneficial to the unit to keep it on.
Keeping an air conditioner running all day uses energy. Turning the air conditioner on when you come home to cool a warm home does not use more energy than running it all day.
Some people also believe that keeping an air conditioner on all day is easier on the unit since it’s just maintaining a cool temperature and not trying to rapidly cool a warmer house. The truth is, air conditioners work best at full speed and are made to cool warm houses, so it’s not causing undue strain on your equipment to turn it on. Keeping in mind the hotter it is outside and the warmer it gets it will take longer for the home to reach its desired temperature. Keep blinds closed and try to minimize the amount of sunlight entering the home.
The best way to ensure you’re being energy efficient and comfortable is to install a programmable thermostat. You can set your air conditioner to turn off or run a moderate temperature during the day and start back up an hour to two before you arrive home. Depending on the heat load that day the unit may have to run a little longer to get to the desired temperature.
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