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Turning Your AC Off When You're Out Isn't Great For Savings
During the summer, running the air conditioner can result in astronomical fees, but if you think turning it off when you’re not home helps with the costs, you’d be wrong.
If you turn off your A/C while you’re out of the house, you’re not only not saving money but also potentially causing other issues within your home.
When you return, you’ll likely turn the temperature down very low to cool the house quickly, but this will strain the unit, causing it to work harder and canceling out any savings.
Moreover, A/C controls moisture in the home, so when it’s off the humidity inside will rise, causing a build-up of moisture that can lead to mold growth.
Likewise, turning off the A/C will raise the temperature within your home, straining other appliances like your refrigerator and potentially causing heat damage
to electronics.
If you’re trying to save money while out of the house, it’s best to raise the temperature by 5 to 10 degrees, either by setting it as your leave or with a programmable thermostat.