Turning off your AC when you aren't home

Most homeowners assume that the best way to save money on cooling costs is to turn the air conditioner off when they are not at home.

But there’s a much better way. Turning your thermostat up instead of turning it completely off will save you more money on cooling costs. It’s suggested that turning the set temperature up 7 to 10 degrees while you’re away for the day is a better option because it protects your home from mold and bugs, saves you money, and keeps you comfortable. Turning off your air conditioner can cause your home’s indoor humidity levels to soar and two gross Intruders who love humidity are mold and bugs. Your air conditioner doesn’t just cool your air but it also dehumidifies it. So when you turn your AC completely off, it won’t take long for the humidity in your home to soar to upwards of 60%, which is ideal for mold growth and bug infestations. But, if you turn the thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees, your AC will kick on every once in awhile to control the indoor humidity and maintain a healthy humidity level between 45 and 55%. No one loves coming home to a humid and stuffy house. But, that’s what you’re setting yourself up for when you turn your AC system completely off. You can also save 10% on cooling cost throughout the summer by keeping your thermostat on. When you raise the thermostat, you decrease the difference between the outside and inside temperature. That lowers your AC’s workload and saves you energy. If you are not sure if you can remember to raise the thermostat 7-10 degrees every morning, think about investing in a programmable thermostat which can change the temperature automatically for you so you won’t have to remember to do it all of the time.

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