Homeowners are usually looking for any way to cut down their cooling cost in the summertime. When you are battling Las Vegas’s heat, this is no small task. One common method that many homeowners try is to turn off their AC when they know they are going to be away from their home for the day. It might be disappointing to homeowners to find out that this is not usually the best way to cut down your energy costs. In fact, it can end up causing more harm than it does good. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about what the ideal temperature is for your home when you are away for an extended amount of time.
Why it is Bad to Turn AC Off when Not Home?
Even though it makes sense that when your AC is not running you aren’t paying for energy that is being wasted on an empty house, this isn’t the reality of the situation. In fact, we would like to talk about a couple of ways that it can end up costing homeowners more in the long run.
– If you turn off your AC in the middle of a hot summer day, you might see the temperature of your home get as high as 90+ degrees. When your house gets this hot, your AC will more than likely have to run for hours to get it back to a comfortable temperature. The prolonged runtime of your AC we’ll cancel out any savings that you were hoping to find by turning off your AC.
– Another issue with turning the AC off completely and allowing your house to get too warm is the wear and tear it causes to your unit. Whenever your AC is running for hours on end, it is going to put undue stress on the system as a whole. This much wear and tear all at once can lead your unit to unnecessary repairs when done on a regular basis.
What Should I Set My AC Thermostat to when I Leave?
While turning off your AC isn’t the wisest choice, you can save money by simply setting your desired interior temperature higher on your thermostat. Studies show that the ideal temperature for your house when you are going to be along for an extended time is 78 degrees. That way, your AC unit doesn’t have to work as hard to get the temperature back down when you get home. Try lowering the temperature of your home gradually when you get back home to avoid putting stress on the system.
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If any point this summer you find that you are AC is incapable of keeping up with the cooling demands of your home, you can turn to Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning to help get it back up and running again. Call us today!