We are kind of in a weird time of year for Colorado when it comes to weather. Cool mornings and nights, but 90-degree afternoons. It may be tempting to turn off your AC before you go to bed and turn it back on in the morning or afternoon. We are here to tell you why you should not turn off and on your AC in the early fall.
Why You Shouldn’t Turn Off and On Your AC
Most homeowners assume that the best way to save money on cooling costs is to turn their air conditioner off when they’re not at home.
But there’s a much better way: Turn your thermostat up instead of turning the AC completely off.
More specifically, we suggest turning the set temperature up 7 to 10 degrees while you’re away for the day.
If you turn the thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees, your AC will kick on every once in a while to control the indoor temperature. Another benefit is that your home will stay comfortable as the temperature rises during the days and sinks in the evening.
Turning the thermostat up keeps you comfortable
No one loves coming home to a humid, stuffy house. But that’s what you’re setting yourself up for when you turn your AC completely off.
Instead, turning your air conditioner’s thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees will help manage the indoor humidity and will keep temperatures at a tolerable level.
So you can stay comfortable and save money at the same time
Turning your thermostat up saves you money
Turning up the thermostat 7 to 10 degrees for 8 or more hours a day can save you 10% on cooling costs throughout the summer.
Why? Well, when you raise the thermostat, you decrease the difference between the outside and the inside temperature. And that lowers your AC’s workload, saving you energy.
An example of how you might raise your thermostat to save money:
6 AM: Wake up and get ready for work.
7 AM: Raise the thermostat from 68 to 78 before leaving the house.
6 PM: Lower the temperature back to 68 when you get home.
Not sure you can remember to raise the thermostat every morning? Think about investing in a programmable thermostat, which can change the temperature automatically for you.
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