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Old 08-10-2010, 09:06 PM   #16
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To turn off the upstairs AC or not


I would cycle it once a week, so that at least it will stay in working order. Turn the thermostat to a higher set point, so that if it is say always 84 upstairs, set it for that temp. Will take having to either put a thermometer up there in a couple rooms to take the ambient air temp, or get the remote thermometer set from Radio Shack, so you can check the temp around the house from either your den or kitchen.
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:14 AM   #17
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No need to run it once a week, or at all. Unless you need it to cool that area. Not running it won't harm it at all.

My outdoor design temp is 92. So when its 98 outside, We are well above our design temp. And most A/C units will run for 6 or more hours on a day like that. Many will lose temp during a day like that. I hold 72 inside.
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No need to run it once a week, or at all. Unless you need it to cool that area. Not running it won't harm it at all.

My outdoor design temp is 92. So when its 98 outside, We are well above our design temp. And most A/C units will run for 6 or more hours on a day like that. Many will lose temp during a day like that. I hold 72 inside.
Egads Beenthere, what is your electric bill? I have Peco which is steep (14-15 cts/kwh). I have a friend who lives in Lancaster County and his electric is dirt cheap.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:15 PM   #19
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My electric isn't dirt cheap anymore, since its no longer regulated. With all fee's included, its close to 15 cents a KWH. Gets a little cheaper the more I use. But the bill for the A/C isn't much 30 bucks on an average month in the summer, on a hot month, it could be 50 bucks for the electric for A/C. So less then 200 for the whole cooling season for the A/C.
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