Which Saves More: Leaving Your AC On Vs. Turning It Off

If opening your electricity bill fills you with dread each month, something needs to change. Your air conditioning system should provide your home with ample comfort, but it should also do so without using excessive amounts of energy.

Unfortunately, many Floridians who use their air conditioning systems year round find high energy bills are an all-too-common occurrence. This is why homeowners get creative when it comes to lowering their utility bills and employing one of the most common hacks: turning their AC off when they leave their home. But does this even work? Read on to find out why this isn’t as efficient as you may think.

Turning Your AC Off to Save Money? It’s a Myth. Sort Of…

One of the most common myths regarding air conditioning system is the idea that leaving your AC on throughout the day will save you more money than turning it off while you’re out simply because your system won’t have to use excess energy every time you turn it back on. But this simply isn’t true and here’s why:

If you’re keeping your air conditioning system on all of the time (even when you’re not home) you’re not using your AC as efficiently as you could. Although it may seem like your system will use extra energy if you are constantly turning it on and off, this just isn’t true. Ultimately, it is far more taxing for your system to fluctuate all day to achieve a consistent temperature. This means that your AC is working hard all of the time, which will put excess wear and tear on your system. In the end this mean you will be left with higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan for your air conditioning system.

All’s Not Lost Thanks to Programmable Thermostats

The solution to all of this? Purchasing a programmable thermostat can help.

Investing in a programmable thermostat will allow you to keep comfortable when you’re home without excess energy use. With this device, you can program your air conditioning system to adjust to a set temperature at different times throughout the day. If you know you’re going to be out of your home (ie: for work) at the same time every day, you can adjust a programmable thermostat to increase the temperature while you’re out and then return to a comfortable temperature by the time you get home.

Contact Colman Heating & Air to Learn More About Programmable Thermostats

If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat in your home, consider investing in this economical and efficient piece of technology. At Colman Heating and Air, we offer a variety of quality programmable thermostats that are both user-friendly and customizable for your unique schedule. Don’t put excess strain on your AC and keep your home comfortable throughout the day! Contact us today if you have any questions or need any help determining the right thermostat for your home.

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