Do You Really Want to Live in a Hot House Just to Save a Few Pennies?

Blasting the air conditioner on high feels like a lifesaver during our long, hot Florida summers. Doing that, however, could mean receiving exorbitant electric bills. So will turning off your A/C help? Read on to find out.

The Pros of Turning Off Your A/C

Leaving your air conditioning system running at the same temperature setting all day even when nobody’s home is a waste of energy. Your system works hard at full blast for no reason, leading to higher energy bills. The system can also experience excess wear and tear.

Turning off your A/C system and then turning it on later saves more energy than running it all day does. You’ll save a fair amount of money when you switch off your A/C when leaving your home.

The Cons of Turning Off Your A/C

Although it’s not a good idea to keep your A/C on throughout the day, you also don’t want to come home to a miserably hot house. Leaving your air conditioner off entirely would mean having to spend an hour or so in an uncomfortable home. You’ll need considerable time to get your home temperature back down to a comfortable level. Bear in mind that humidity buildup can negatively affect some of your possessions. Your air conditioner dehumidifies your home when running at full blast.

The Best Solution

You don’t have to save money by sacrificing comfort or the safety of your belongings. Strike a balance by investing in a programmable thermostat and creating a schedule for different times of the day. Adjust the thermostat to raise the temperature when you’re out.

For example, if you’re usually away from home from 9 to 5, program the device to raise your home’s temperature during that part of the day. That will allow your A/C to remain off more often. What’s more, you’ll be able to get the temperature down faster. Alternatively, you could set the thermostat to reduce the temperature an hour or two before you get home. And you know what? A programmable thermostat will pay for itself quickly.

With the help of a programmable thermostat, turning your A/C off to save energy won’t mean having to sweat through the heat when you’re back home. If you reside in Martin County, Palm Beach County, or Indian River County, contact the experienced technicians at NisAir Air Conditioning to address any of your air conditioning needs.

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