Is It Cheaper to Leave Your AC On All Day or Turn it Off When You Leave?

No matter where in Florida a person resides, all homeowners and renters have one thing in common: Everyone wants to save money on utilities. And while there are proven actions on how to do this (conducting an energy audit and cleaning air filters regularly), there are other suggestions that seem to defy common sense; the most popular one being that it’s cheaper to leave your AC on all day instead of turning it off when you leave your home in the morning.

Should I Leave My Air Conditioner On When I Leave for the Day?

No. Like how we got right to the point there? If you leave your AC running all day, you’re not using energy efficiently. Air conditioners work by absorbing the warm air from your home, extracting the humidity, cooling the air down, and blowing it back into your home through air vents. Once your home reaches the temperature you set on the thermostat, the AC cycles off.

Since your home will inevitably change temperature again, your AC will start a new cycle and do it all over again, all day long. If no one is home, your air conditioner is wasting all that energy for nothing.

How can I save energy when my home is empty?

Granted, no one wants to come home to a hot and humid sauna, especially when that home is in Florida. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep costs down and keep everyone comfortable:

1. Adjust the thermostat when no one is home. Adjusting the temperature in your home between 7 to 10 degrees on a daily basis results in savings of up to 10% of your power bill. You can also increase savings by adjusting it when everyone’s sleeping. You can start by changing it gradually by a degree or two to ensure that everyone in your home is comfortable.

2. Get a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to worry about remembering to adjust the temperature every time you leave home and return after work.

3. Install a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat increases the benefit of a programmable thermostat even more: It has motion sensors, so even if your home schedule changes unexpectedly, the environment inside your house will always remain comfortable when people are home. In addition, you can control it remotely from your smartphone or iPad. And the best part: some models include a virtual assistant that can remind you of things such as changing the air filters or getting HVAC maintenance work done.

Contact Complete Air Mechanical for AC Service in Central Florida

At Complete Air Mechanical, we have experienced HVAC professionals who can ensure energy efficiency for your home or business. We provide service in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia counties, and we offer financing options.

Call us at (407) 915-0144 and let us help you keep energy costs down.