Managing your air conditioner’s settings can feel like a tricky guessing game, but it doesn’t have to. Understanding how your air conditioner operates will help you make smart choices about when to turn it off. Follow these guidelines to benefit from lower utility bills and a unit that lasts longer.
Turn the AC Off If You Hear Strange Sounds
If your air conditioner is making unusual sounds, you shouldn’t look the other way. It’s important to pay attention to any indications of a developing problem. If your system is making a banging, thwapping, squeaking or rattling noises, turn it off before the problem worsens.
Turn the AC Off While You’re at Work
Many homeowners struggle over the question of whether to turn their air conditioner off while they’re at work. While cycling the unit on and off decreases efficiency and makes your AC work harder, turning it off for long periods will improve energy efficiency and lower your utility bills.
Rather than turning your unit off when the temperature becomes extremely hot, turn your thermostat up a few degrees so the AC will still kick on if a wave of extreme heat hits. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the unit to cool the house to your desired temperature just before you get home.
Turn the AC Off When You’re On Vacation
There’s no reason to leave your air conditioner running full blast while you’re gone for an extended period. Set the temperature higher while you’re away to lower your energy expenses. Don’t turn the unit off entirely; this way, it’ll still kick on if your home gets too warm and dehumidify it.
If you want more control over your AC operation and settings, a programmable thermostat is the best tool for the job. Call Mechanical Air Conditioning at 561-899-4587 to learn about your options.
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