The spring season is here, and if you and your family plan to be away for a while you may be thinking about turning off the air conditioner while you’re gone. Why not save some money on cooling costs, right? Be aware that while you may be helping your pockets you could be harming your home.
Adjusting Your A/C
The U.S. Department of Energy says that setting your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit during spring and summer can strike an ideal balance between energy savings and cooling comfort. But what temperature should you choose if you plan to be away for an extended period? Although you might be tempted to turn off your A/C, reconsider. The Department of Energy says it’s better to simply adjust the temperature 7 to 10 degrees higher while you’re away. Making this change could save you up to 10 percent on cooling costs while maintaining an indoor temperature that keeps your home in good shape.
Turning off the A/C while your house is shuttered in warm temperatures can create humid and moist conditions that undermine the integrity of your home.
Turning Off the A/C and Its Negative Impacts on Your Attic
Many homes lack sufficient airflow in the attic, making it one of the hottest places in a house. So if your home is shuttered without A/C in increasingly warm spring temperatures—as humidity and moisture build inside—they exacerbate conditions in an already warm attic. In moist and humid conditions attic insulation can become less efficient. This is of consequence because the insulation helps keep your residence cool in the spring and summer and warm in the winter, and minimizes the effects that outside temperature changes can have on the inside of your home.
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