This thought has been tossed around AC systems for generations. Should you turn off your AC when you’re away? Doesn’t the unit work harder if you turn it off and have to cool it back down? Won’t you be wasting money by leaving it on all day when no one is home?
The simple answer to this question, answered by an experienced HVAC service technician, is you can save money while you’re away if you turn off the system. Before you think that’s nonsense, here are some things to think about when you leave your home.
Leaving it On All Day
According to research, an AC unit that is left on all day is working harder to keep the temperature balanced than if you turn on the AC when you get home and it works at its full capacity. The truth is HVAC units work best when they are working at full capacity.
When you leave your unit on all day and no one is there, it is working overtime to try and maintain the proper temperature. It is shutting on and off and can add more wear and tear to the system itself. That will reduce the lifespan of your HVAC system which means you may have to replace the system or repair it on a more frequent basis.
How Can You Truly Maximize Savings?
One thing you can do is invest in a quality programmable thermostat. This alleviates you having to remember to turn the unit on or off when you get home etc. It allows you to set a program for the times your away for the system to not run and then turn back on before you get home so you can come home to a comfortable environment. By using a programmable thermostat, you can set your different programs during the week and weekend so that your home is comfortable at all times and your wallet is happy with the savings.
The bottom line is you can save money when your AC system is not running all the time or when it’s running at peak capacity. However, the easiest way to do that is with a programmable thermostat. Consider working with Brinson and Sons to get your thermostat installed so that you can save money on your energy bills sooner rather than later. Call them today to find out more tips on saving on your electric bill and how to maintain your HVAC system properly to get the most out of it.