Our Virginia Beach residential air conditioning company gets asked this question a lot:
Should I turn off my central air when I leave my home or should I let it run as usual while no one is home?
There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding this question. Some people say it’s best to leave an air conditioner running as usual the whole time you’re not home so that the AC unit doesn’t have to work so hard to cool things down when you do get back. This is a myth! Your air conditioner works its best running at full speed—it will be more efficient and better at dehumidifying your home on full blast than it will be maintaining a consistent temperature all day while you’re gone.
The best way to conserve energy and save money on your utility bill this summer is to adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher during the hours you’re not home. Obviously, if you completely turn your central air off for several hours on a sweltering day, you might come home to an unwelcoming sauna, but there’s also no reason to waste energy keeping your home at 68 degrees while you’re not even home to enjoy it. By setting your AC thermostat to 78 degrees or higher before you walk out the door, you’ll be able to come back to a comfortable home that can be adjusted quickly to your ideal temperature, while also saving precious dollars that you can use on fun stuff this summer!
If you want to take all this energy conservation stuff to the next level, consider a programmable Nest thermostat which will track your energy usage and adjust automatically to save you energy and money! And, don’t forget to use our coupon to get a $79 air conditioning tune-up this spring from Energy Pro. Our HVAC technicians will make sure your central air system is running as efficiently as possible!