Should I Leave the AC on During the Day When I’m Out?

When you return home after a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is to return to an uncomfortably warm house. To avoid this, though, you need to run your air conditioner for at least part of the time that you’re away.

Beyond this basic idea of comfort, there are other important benefits to leaving your air on when you’re not home. At BELOMAN, we want you to be able to strike a balance between a comfortable Belleville home and acceptable utility costs. To help you with this, we offer this look at why you need to run your air conditioner and how you can do it efficiently.

Take Care of Your Home

As mentioned, there are other reasons besides comfort to let your air conditioner run when you’re not at home. One important reason is to help protect your home’s interior finishes. Your air conditioner, in addition to keeping your home cool, also helps to remove humidity from the air in your home.

Therefore, if your air conditioner stays off for too long on a hot and humid day, a lot of extra humidity will build up inside your home. This can cause wood to expand, mildew to grow, and antiques to sustain damage, among other problems. For this reason alone, then, you need to run your AC unit often enough to keep your home’s relative humidity at an acceptable level.

Take Care of Plant and Animal Life

If you have indoor plants or animals living in your home, keeping your air conditioner going is a must. Especially when it comes to pets, as it can be easy for them to become overheated, especially when there’s no fresh air coming in to help them cool down. The last thing we at BELOMAN want is for your pet to experience health problems because you forget to run your air conditioner while you’re gone. When it comes to pets, if it’s not comfortable for you, it likely won’t be comfortable for your pet.

How to Run Your Air Conditioner Efficiently

Of course, leaving your air conditioner on all day comes at a price. Your air conditioner uses a lot of power, meaning that the longer it runs, the higher your utility bill will be. It’s important, then, to balance the benefits of air conditioning with the costs of running your air conditioner. The best way to do this is with a smart thermostat.

Smart thermostats, like all thermostats, control your home’s temperature by regulating how often your air conditioner runs. Beyond that, though, smart thermostats learn your living patterns, over time, so that the air conditioner is only running when absolutely necessary. This is especially useful if you don’t have pets, as you can run your air conditioner only as much as is absolutely necessary to keep humidity levels down.

The best part about smart thermostats is that they will turn your air conditioner on in time so that your home is cool and comfortable by the time you return. Rather than having to wait for your air conditioner to catch up when you return home, you can come home to a refreshing and inviting atmosphere that allows you to relax and unwind. All of this while you avoid wasting energy to keep your house cool all day.

You can also opt for a programmable thermostat, which tells your air conditioner when to turn off and on based on pre-programmed times that you select. Essentially, this type of thermostat does the same job as a smart thermostat, without the ability to learn your living patterns.

An Expert for Your Home

At BELOMAN, we believe in helping you keep your home comfortable while helping you save money. That’s why we have the knowledge and experience to install all the latest thermostats that will help you realize major energy savings.

In addition, we can take care of both air conditioners and furnaces with quality maintenance and repair services to help your HVAC system run efficiently at all times. If it’s time for a new system that’s more efficient, we can install one for you. We can also help you test your indoor air quality so that you can know for sure you’re always breathing the healthiest air possible.

Above all, we maintain a deep commitment to customer satisfaction, which is why we’ve been awarded the Belleville News Democrat’s Reader’s Choice Award for several years running. We’ve also been recognized by the Better Business Bureau with the Torch Award and by Carrier with the President’s Award.

We are a second-generation family-owned business that seeks to put our customers first, which is reflected in our five-star customer reviews. If you’re ready to experience this customer service for yourself and take your home comfort to the next level, give us a call today at BELOMAN. We offer heating, cooling, and plumbing services to the Belleville neighborhood.