Most homeowners assume that the best way to save money on cooling costs is to turn their air conditioner off when they’re not at home.

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But there’s a much better way: Turn your thermostat up instead of turning the AC completely off.

More specifically, we suggest turning the set temperature up 7 to 10 degrees while you’re away for the day.

Turning up the thermostat is the better option because it:

  • Protects your home from mold and bugs
  • Saves you money
  • Keeps you comfortable

Let’s take a closer look at these benefits.

Benefit #1: Turning the thermostat up protects your home from mold/bugs

Turning off your air conditioner can cause your home’s indoor humidity levels to soar. And two gross intruders who love humidity include:

  1. Mold
  2. Bugs

Benefit #2: Turning the thermostat up keeps you comfortable

No one loves coming home to a humid, stuffy house. But that’s what you’re setting yourself up for when you turn your AC completely off.

Instead, turning your air conditioner’s thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees will help manage the indoor humidity and will keep temperatures at a tolerable level.

So you can stay comfortable and save money at the same time. Which leads us to the next benefit…

Benefit #3: Turning your thermostat up saves you money

Turning up the thermostat 7 to 10 degrees for 8 or more hours a day can save you 10% on cooling costs throughout the summer.