We are often asked when is it okay to turn A/C off?
The answer is when the summer is over.
I know it’s probably not the answer you want to hear, especially if you’re going on summer vacation or are gone for long periods during the day. Leaving the air conditioning on is among the most cost- and energy-efficient things you can do during the heat of the summer and here’s why:
When you turn off your A/C, heat builds in the home. The heat can cause damage to wood doors, flooring, and cabinets, especially in the Arizona summer. Not only that, the system has to work harder to cool your home.
(In case you’re wondering, the same holds true with your heat in the winter. Don’t turn off the unit; keep the home warm enough to avoid freezing pipes and other damage caused by the cold.)
Here are some ways to cool your home without having to turn A/C off:
- Set the temperature to 85 degrees when you are away for longer periods of time. This will keep the wood from becoming damaged and the A/C unit from having to work too hard when you return home.
- Use a programmable thermostat to cool your home when utility rates are lowest. Having just a few degrees to cool is better for the A/C unit than having to cool from higher temperatures to comfortable when you get home.
- Install ceiling fans in common areas and bedrooms. The circulating air makes you feel cooler without having to set the thermostat too low.
The next time you are going away for an extended period of time, use these tips to cool your home without having to turn A/C off. If you have questions about your system or aren’t feeling cool enough in your home, Just Call John’s and we can get you feeling comfortable even in the summer heat.