Whether you leave your Clarkson Valley, Missouri, home on vacation or for work, an eternal debate exists. Should you leave your HVAC system on or shut it off to conserve energy? This question has plagued homeowners for years. But the answer is always to leave the system on. Turning off your HVAC system completely off can cause numerous problems, so it’s best to make a few thermostat adjustments.

Problems When Turning Your HVAC System Off

When you turn off the HVAC system, it takes more energy to turn it back on and heat or cool the house. Without proper airflow, the indoor air quality can also deteriorate. As a result, you might experience worsened allergy symptoms or other health problems when you return. Keeping the air circulating in your home will ensure that it’s filtered regularly. The fresher your air, the better for your respiratory health.

During the winter, letting the temperature drop too low can increase the risk of frozen pipes, which can cause significant water damage if the pipes burst. When it’s warm and humid during the summer, the air conditioning system will have to work harder to cool the air when you turn it back on. Higher moisture levels can also increase the risk of mold growth. An AC can help manage humidity and keep it at the proper level.

Improved Heating and Cooling Efficiency

Instead of turning off your system, it’s more efficient to use a programmable thermostat to set a specific temperature when you’re away. If you work every weekday, it’s easy to set a schedule that changes the temperature for the hours you’re away while maintaining a comfortable atmosphere for the times you’re at home.

When you leave for an extended trip, simply adjust the thermostat to account for the additional time you won’t be home. Make sure to consider any family members or pets who will stay behind when you make the adjustment.

If your HVAC system is still struggling with efficiency after upgrading to a programmable thermostat, it’s likely an underlying issue. Contact Averill Heating & Air Conditioning at 314-328-0437 to get to the bottom of it right away.

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