Most homeowners contend the best way to save money on cooling costs is to turn off their air conditioner when they’re not home. But there’s a much more beneficial way to reduce AC bills while simultaneously prioritizing indoor comfort. Our HVAC company recommends turning up the thermostat 7–10 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re out of the house instead of turning the AC off entirely; this helps you save money on cooling costs, protects against mold and bugs, and keeps your home a comfortable place.
Want to find out more about the best ways to save money and how to ensure your AC works at peak performance? Contact HVAC contractors with Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule HVAC services!
Save Money On Cooling
You may believe that by shutting off the AC before you leave the house, you’ll save money because the unit will be running less. This is not necessarily true; in fact, doing so might even contribute to higher utility bills. Shutting off the air conditioning before leaving your home can make the house much warmer than it would otherwise be, making the HVAC unit work harder to cool the air whenever you turn it back on. When you shut it off, your AC unit has to work overtime to lower the indoor temperature than it would if you left it on. The more energy used, the higher your electricity bill will be. Along with scheduling professional air conditioner service and timely AC repairs, raising the thermostat 7-10 degrees before leaving will help you save money on cooling bills while also helping ensure you come home to a comfortable indoor space.
Protect Against Mold & Pests
The primary function of your air conditioner is to keep your home cool and comfortable, but it’s also great for reducing humidity levels throughout your living space. High levels of humidity in a home create the ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow and spread. Bugs also prefer humid environments, so a humid home can be the perfect breeding ground for pests. If you leave your AC unit off for long periods, this lack of cooling and adequate ventilation gives bugs and mold enough time to settle into the high-humidity indoor space. Raise the thermostat by 7–10 degrees before leaving your house instead of turning the unit off altogether. Doing so can help reduce indoor humidity levels and reduce the likelihood of pests and mold invading your home.
Keep Your Home Comfortable
After a long day, the last thing you want to come home to is a hot, humid, and uncomfortable house. Your air conditioner should ideally be set 10–15 degrees lower than the outside temperature to ensure optimal cooling and indoor comfort. So, if it’s 95 degrees outside, set your thermostat inside to around 80–85 degrees. Keeping the air conditioner running under these guidelines will make it easier for your unit to reduce the temperature indoors while you’re home. Additionally, this will help ensure your HVAC unit doesn’t have to work overtime to keep your home comfortable, reducing the likelihood of an unexpected breakdown when you need your AC’s cooling powers the most. Contact Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about the best ways to keep your home and family comfortable.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Avoid coming home to a hot and uncomfortable house or apartment, and keep yourself cool and your living space enjoyable by scheduling regular AC maintenance from Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning. Regular maintenance offers a plethora of benefits, including prolonging the overall functional lifespan of your HVAC unit, slashing cooling costs, and improving the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. We make it easy for homeowners to ensure their HVAC system receives the attention and care it requires with our planned maintenance program. During a scheduled maintenance visit, our experienced HVAC technicians inspect all components of your unit and the ductwork, clean the system, and identify any problem areas throughout the system. Contact us to find out more about the benefits of our HVAC maintenance program!