Should I Leave My Air Conditioner On All The Time?

 In Cooling

To put it simply: Yes.

During the hot and humid summer months, there will inevitably be days when the humidity breaks and the temperature will drop. Some homeowners decide to turn their air conditioner off when these dips in temperature happen. It may sound counterintuitive, but for the reasons we’ll explore in this blog, it actually makes the most sense to leave your air conditioner running throughout the summer.

Why you should keep your air conditioner turned on all the time

1. Increased efficiency

When you keep your air conditioner on throughout the summer months, you’re ensuring that your system will maintain a comfortable temperature all the time. If you turn off your air conditioner when it cools down and restart it when the temperature rises, your system will need to cool down your entire home — by potentially many degrees — which would actually cost more than simply keeping it turned on.

2. It will self-regulate

If your air conditioner is sized properly, it will run for roughly 15 minutes before turning off. If this is happening, your house should feel comfortable at all times.

When your unit is too small, you’ll notice that it will run for long periods of time, which puts a lot of strain on the unit.

If your unit is too big, you may notice that it feels damp in your home.

A properly sized unit will self regulate and run for an appropriate amount of time to remove household humidity and keep your home comfortable.

3. Keeps your schedule running smoothly

If you’re using your programmable thermostat, you can schedule when you want your home to be a little cooler and when it can be a little warmer.

Typically, homeowners with programmable thermostats will allow the temperature in their house to rise slightly while they’re at work before having it scheduled to lower to a comfortable temperature just before they get home.

Some smart thermostats offer enhanced features like geofencing so it knows based on your proximity to your home when the temperature can drop or rise.

4. If it’s clean and maintained, let it be!

When your air conditioner’s condenser coils are clean and maintained, your system should run efficiently. If you’re noticing that your system is running all the time, or for long periods of time, it could be that the unit’s condenser coils are dirty.

“Dirty or blocked condensers are one of the most frequent service problems in commercial refrigeration and summer air conditioning fields today,” writes ACHR NEWS.

If you think your system is operating inefficiently or is in need of service or maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Therm-All.

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