Why You Should Consider Turning off Your AC At Nighttime

First, let's begin with the basics. What is air conditioning? Well, it's a cooling method that works by using refrigerants and compressors to suck in warm air and release cool air into your room or into your house. Even though cool air feels good during hot summer days, that cool air doesn't come for free — leaving your AC on at night costs you money! Know that you know this, it is also relevant to know how to choose an air conditioner for your house to get the most out of your system.

That might be true if your AC unit was running during the entire night, but it isn't. There are times when you should consider turning off (or cutting back) on your AC usage as much as possible … especially during nighttime hours.



Why Leaving Your AC Running During Nighttime Might Be Better

Leaving your AC on at night during the summer does come with some cost, but it's usually minimal compared to daytime running. There are times when leaving your AC unit on overnight gives you more benefits than turning it off.

For example, if you have children or pets that need a cool environment to sleep in, then you should consider keeping your air conditioner unit on throughout the night. This will prevent them from waking up sweating or uncomfortable due to heat strokes or unbearable temperatures. Furthermore, leaving your AC on while everyone sleeps can help keep humidity levels low throughout the home which reduces the growth of molds and mildews caused by high humidity (which also causes respiratory problems).



Switching Your AC To Night Mode

Instead of leaving your AC on all night, you can configure it so that it automatically shuts off after a predetermined amount of time…perfect for those who enjoy sleeping in an air-conditioned room. If your air conditioner is not cooling using this mode, consulting with an HVAC expert needs to be a priority.

To do this, first, make sure you have a programmable thermostat installed. If not, the process is simple and only requires you to follow some on-screen instructions when setting up your new unit. Once set up, switch over to 'Night Mode' which will allow your AC to work on creating cool air until the morning hours without wasting energy.