We’re all looking to save some money this summer. The mild temperatures, for many, mean using a fan is a viable option, but when temperatures begin to rise, it’s common to crank up the air conditioning. This tactic can be costly, though. By shutting down your HVAC system to save some cash, you invite other consequences, such as allergy symptoms, headaches, and poor indoor air quality.
The biggest concern when shutting down your HVAC system is not the discomfort it brings, but the allergy symptoms that worsen in the unfiltered air. Anyone with allergies will attest that coming indoors is a breath of fresh air. It’s a relief. This happens because your HVAC system helps keep allergens out of the home.
When you shut down the system, however, all of those allergens begin to gather in the air. They accumulate and spread, contaminating more of the home. Those allergens will remain when you come indoors to enjoy the evening.
Energy Efficiency and Your Monthly Costs
You would think that shutting down your HVAC system, even overnight, would save you money. It’s actually quite the opposite. By shutting down the system, you’ll wind up using more energy when it’s time to turn the unit back on.
Instead, consider running the system for longer at a lower level. You use less energy and spend less on your monthly utility bills. Furthermore, the filtration power of your HVAC system continues to eradicate airborne allergens and contaminants.