questionshow often do you use the air conditioner in…

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I try to minimize it's use as much as possible. I'll turn it on when I get home from work if the house temp is over 80, then turn it off and open up windows after the outside temp has dropped to at least 70. (Unless it's real humid out, in which case, the windows stay closed.)

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In the summer the thing will run almost continuously. The temp is usually set to 73.

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Well around here it's already hitting the high 90's pretty much every day, with humidity as high as 70%. Unless you somehow like baking in your own juices, you've been running the A/C for a couple months already.

I live in an old house with no central A/C, just window units (which I hate) I just turn them on around midday and keep them running until sundown.

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I use it as little as possible. But, for the few months where I need to have it on, I keep it on a program. That way it's cooler when we wake up, and go to sleep, but warms up a little while we're asleep. I work from home, so I just manually adjust it during the day. We use our ceiling fans, and if it's nice outside, we just open the windows.

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I live in Florida. Around here, by this time of year life is mostly a matter of getting as quickly from one continuously running AC unit to another.

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@bingo969: I'm in Texas and while our temperatures are not quite that high yet, they're getting close. June through at least mid-September my AC is always on. This time of year it's at 79 when I'm at home and 82 when I'm not. As I get more used to the heat, I'll bump it up a degree or two.

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Haven't ran it much this year yet but usually runs on days over 80
Hope we have some of those soon

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I'm in Houston. I've been using my A/C since March

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I turned mine on for the first time this year last Sunday when it was 80+ here in the house and ran it until yesterday morning because the temp started dropping outside and it's only supposed to be in the 60's - 70's this week. Then as soon as the temp starts climbing again and holds steady, I'll turn it back on and leave it on continuously. I will try to leave it on 72 which keeps the downstairs just right and as long as I run the ceiling fan upstairs, it will stay nice too.

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what @bingo969 said. my thermostat is set to 80 degrees (my bedroom's on the second floor, too. gets hot up here if i don't have the AC on). 84 in Jax right now, not too hot but it's humid too so not very pleasant unless you're going to the beach

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I'm a college student supporting myself, so fans are he best I can afford around here...AC is a rich man's game :)

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I live on the Gulf Coast. We started using the air in April and will through early November.

You just do it.

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@bingo969: Yeah, if we're lucky, we don't have to use the A/C only 3 or 4 months out of the year. It's not the heat as much as the waterlogged air. On some summer days it's like breathing through a wet sponge while standing in a sauna. And can we talk about what the humidity does to hair?

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My wife likes the house at about 70 if not cooler, so I wear pants and shirt/sweatshirt year round in the house. I like it around 74-76, but then she is miserable and cranky. Oh the things we do for love...

So mine is basically on from March to September with the lovely weather we have in Nebraska.

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Right now it's still hitting the low 80s in SoCal so I've been using the ceiling fan.

But soon I guess I'll be resorting to the AC again. I still need to figure out how to put more juice into it..

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Central A/C has been on since late March(the earliest I can ever remember switching from heat). I try to keep it at 76 but sometimes the ball-and-chain can coax me down a couple of degrees, but not for long. It will probably stay on until October.

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Central Florida here. Temperatures in the low 90's, humidity high. Have central AC w/temp set at 80. Setting it lower would raise my electric bill so much I'd have to take out a mortgage on my home. :-/ Have ceiling fans that run 24/7. A small desk fan by the computer. The fans help a lot. It's a good thing that I LOVE hot weather! Anything below 70 is freezing to me. :-D

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I hate using a/c, but I have trouble sleeping when it's above 70 in the house; plus, the humidity levels have been absurd, so I turn it on 30 minutes before bed, two degrees lower than whatever the thermostat claims is the current temp (if it's over 70). I'll also set it to about 72 when I leave the house if it's a super-hot day; I can't leave windows open when I'm not home (for a variety of reasons) and I worry about my dogs, so leaving it set to turn on at a certain threshold keeps me from worrying about them while I'm at work.

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We are used to it being set at 80. If we have visitors we might set it at 78. Use a small fan in the bedroom at night. On days that my wife works I bump it up to 84 until shortly before she gets home. I spend most of my time in my added-on computer room, which is not tied into the central air system (I have a portable A/C unit in the computer room). It's 106 degrees here right now. Night time temps are getting into the low 70s, so we are still able to open up at night and run a couple of fans.

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@jha1223: Our house is pretty much the opposite: I spend the year in sweats and fuzzy slippers while my husband is in a pair of shorts. All year round, heat or a/c.

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I live in Atlanta, so the central AC is on. I keep it set at 80 or 79 (depending upon humidity inside) during the day, 76 or 74 at night. I try to keep it as high as I can during the summer: otherwise far too much of my hard earned money ends up going to the power company.

Likewise, in the winter I let the place get pretty cool. The heat is set to 68 during the day, as low as 60 or 62 at night.

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Southwest Ohio. We keep the a/c at 76 in the summer. Turn it on if the outside temp hits 80 and it's supposed to go higher or if the humidity is high.

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Running the A/C too often, as far as my wallet is concerned. Those wall-mounted units suck up energy faster than any appliance I own. I guess that's the price I pay for that sweet, frigid relief!