Is it More Energy Efficient to Turn Off AC When I’m Not Home?

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Wondering if you should turn your AC off when you’re not home? Find out the answer from Appleby Systems.

Should I Turn my AC Off When I’m Not Home?

Energy consumers are taking an active interest in energy efficiency in an effort to save money on monthly utility bills and also to help save the planet. Homeowners typically assume that in order to be more energy efficient they should turn their AC off when they are not home.

While this is a great effort to be more conscious of energy consumption, it’s not actually necessary. Find out why here.

What Should I Do With my AC When I Am Not Home

There are many common questions that homeowners consider when it comes to their air conditioners:

  • What is the ideal AC temperature to save electricity?
  • Does turning up the thermostat save money?
  • Should you turn off your AC when you go on vacation or is it more energy efficient to leave the AC on?

Sometimes finding the right answer can be confusing and lead to no action. That’s why we want to help you understand what the best course of action is for your air conditioner especially when you’re not at home.

 

Don’t Turn Your AC Off, Turn Your Thermostat Up

Turning your thermostat up is a more effective way to save money on home cooling when you’re not home instead of turning the AC off altogether.

Turning the thermostat up will provide your AC with the opportunity to take a much-needed break from keeping your house cool. It will still provide you with the benefits of having the AC running, such as keeping your home a comfortable temperature for when you arrive home, improving the air quality, acting as a defence against mold and bugs, and preventing drastic temperature changes that can cause disruption to features such as wood floors and pipes.

When you turn your air conditioner off when you leave in the morning, it has to work harder to start up again and cool your house. However, when you keep your house lightly air conditioned you save the air conditioner the hard work of cooling your house from scratch every day. This more balanced way of cooling saves both money and energy in the long run.

If you have more questions about air conditioners, including air conditioning maintenance, contact us anytime, we’d be happy to speak with you!