Are you turning your AC off to save money?


The heat is here and if you are like most of us you are trying to find the perfect balance of keeping your home cool while not spending an arm and a leg each month on your utility bill. One of the best ways to ensure that you aren’t spending too much is to make sure that your air conditioner is working properly. If you have an old AC unit it might be working twice as hard to cool your home and costing you twice as much. At Pasterkamp we can look at your Denver air conditioners to make sure they are efficiently cooling your home

VERIFY: Do you really save money by turning off A/C?

As we approach Denver’s hot summer, do you really save any money by turning off your central air conditioning when you leave the house? Or, does it end up costing more to fire it back up and cool things down when you get home?

And, does shutting it down create more wear and tear on your system?

Fact-checkers at 9NEWS sister station KHOU in Houston have been working on for answers to those questions.

We can verify that no, you should never turn your central A/C off in the summer and it has nothing to do with money.

If you shut it down, moisture can build up and be harmful. Instead, you should follow the “four by four principal”: 

If you’re going to be away from home for more than four hours, set your thermostat four degrees higher. To reduce electricity usage and thus, the cost of your bill.

And, keep in mind, 78 degrees is optimum for your budget. Every degree cooler could increase your cost by up to 7 percent during the summer months.

Our source on all this: Bobby Zafarnia with Reliant Energy. He also recommends leaving your A/C fan setting in the auto position rather than the on position which can raise your bill as well.