Summer is one of the most exciting times of the year—school is out, vacations planned, and coats stored away. But for some, the allure of summer is dampened by one thing—the dreaded high energy bill.
Quality First Service Group discusses one of the easiest ways you can save money on your energy costs this summer: leaving your air conditioner running.
Is it cheaper to leave your AC running all day?
It may seem counterintuitive to leave your air conditioner running and expect lower energy bills, but (dependant on your system) that’s exactly what works! When you leave your air conditioner running during the day, your home won’t fluctuate in temperature too much—making your air conditioner cycle for shorter periods.
Consider this scenario: you’ve turned off your air conditioner during a heatwave to balance the energy used in your home. Without your HVAC system regulating temperature and humidity, your home will heat up and get more humid throughout the day. Now imagine you’re ready to turn your system back on. You set the thermostat to a comfortable 72 degrees—but your home is sitting at 80 degrees. Your system is going to work twice as hard to get your entire house down to the desired temperature—as opposed to if you had simply left the system running and allowed it to control the temperature throughout the day.
Saving energy on your cooling costs has many reliant factors. The size and age of your system, the kind of thermostat you use, and how clean your air filter is all play a part in determining your home’s overall heating and cooling efficiency. Maintaining your system and replacing old systems when they become obsolete will help you keep your energy costs down this summer—so you can focus on enjoying the little things!