There’s some debate as to whether you should leave your air conditioning system on or off when you’re gone during the day. The answer is that you should leave it on but turn the temperature up so that you conserve energy and save money doing so. Here are a few tips for managing your AC system.
Why You Should Leave Your AC On
You don’t want to turn your AC system off completely while you’re away because it will make your home very uncomfortable by the time you return. In addition, it may take quite a while to bring it back to an optimal temperature once more. Failure to air-condition a house for longer periods can lead to other problems as well. On the other hand, leaving your AC on at full blast when nobody is home costs a lot of money while providing no benefit to anyone. Instead, you should leave your AC on but set the temperature up to 10 degrees higher than when you’re home. This is a practical way to economize.
Protect Your Home From Bugs and Mold
An AC system dehumidifies your home’s air while cooling it down. If you turn off your system entirely, humidity levels will dramatically increase. This leads to problems with mold and bugs. If you simply increase the thermostat setting, the AC system will turn on once in a while, which will control your indoor air humidity level.
Save Yourself Some Money
During the hot summer months, you could save up to 10% on your energy bills by turning the thermostat setting a few degrees higher while you’re away. On top of that, your air conditioning system won’t have to work as hard to cool an empty house. If you have a smart thermostat, you can program it to perform this function automatically. A programmable thermostat can adjust the indoor temperature for different times of the day. If you don’t have one already, consider having General Sheet Metal, Inc. install one for you.
General Sheet Metal, Inc. in Kalispell, MT, can help you with all of your air conditioning needs, including installations, repairs and maintenance. We also provide the same options for your heating equipment. Our other services include indoor air quality solutions, custom countertops and sheet metal fabrication. Contact us today to discuss your needs or schedule an appointment.