First, do you usually leave your air conditioner on during the day? (My concern on this issue was prompted by this webcomic
.) If so, how much do you crank it down, if at all? I have a cat, so I'd rather keep the poor guy comfortable (although he was seemingly okay even on the toughest of days) — but I'm just wondering how people handle this question.
Second, around what temperature level do you change your policy on the above? For example, although Chicago's in the midst of a well-above-100 heat index as we speak, later this week we're going to have highs that are drastically lower (say, high of 80). I can't see leaving the air conditioning on then. I imagine this one's more a matter of personal taste, but I'm curious as to opinions.
Third, my air conditioner has an EER of 10.8 — according to the little guide, that's only 0.2 from the max energy efficiency of 11. My power bill shouldn't jump huge
, should it? With a lot of fans running often, my ComEd bill was $25 for July, if that makes any difference ...
Fourth, the A/C is tipped slightly back so it drains outside. The control panel is a little unflush with the rest of the unit, but not horribly so. The unit seems to have enough insulation around it to prevent any air leaks. I'll be keeping the shades drawn most of the time. Given these items, any other advice about running an A/C?