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    Does Turning Your AC On and Off Cost More?

    With summer coming up, a lot of us are wondering how to shave money off of our Florida electric bills!

    This is a very common, but important question we get all the time:

    Is it better to turn the AC off when you leave? Or to leave it on?

    What seems like a simple question, is a little more complicated though. This question is actually two questions. When trying to optimize your AC’s power usage, you really need to look at the difference between on and off, or auto and off.

    So, first up:

    “ON” vs “AUTO” — Which Saves More Money?

    It may seem like “AUTO” is the more expensive option. After all, modern air conditioners are meant to cycle for shorter cycles, but in more frequent durations right? But actually, the “AUTO” setting is the cheapest.

    In the “ON” position, your AC fan will circulate the cooled air throughout your home continuously, 24 hours a day.

    In the “AUTO” setting, your AC fan will shut off with the rest of the cooling system as soon as your desired temperature on your thermostat is reached.

    According to Florida Power & Light, a fan switched to “ON” will cycle 200 hours more per month than a fan switched to “AUTO.” Another benefit of keeping your fan on “AUTO” is that your AC is less likely to freeze up.

    Air conditioners suck water out of the air like a straw. That moisture collects on the system’s coils. When the fan is on “AUTO”, the break in the air stream allows the coils inside of your air conditioner time for the condensation to drip off into the fill pan. However, when the fan is switched to “ON” less of the condensation is able to drop off – because more moisture is being added all the time. Some moisture may be blown back into the air, or freeze over the coils in your air conditioner causing an obstruction.

    Does Flipping the System To “OFF” While You’re at Work Save Money?

    Jennifer Thorne Amann, building programs director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says yes – turn off your AC!

    Air conditioning systems run most efficiently when they’re going at full speed, Amann says. They are also better able to dehumidify your house when they run at their full speed, which they are more likely to reach when running in a longer cycle (like re-cooling your house after work).

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