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Age-Old Battle of the Air Conditioner

If you live with at least one other human being, chances are you've had a disagreement over the thermostat setting. But a new survey finds some of them can be bad enough to end relationships.

The survey, conducted by One Poll on behalf of heating and air conditioning manufacturer Trane, finds 25% of 2,000 adults polled admitting that disagreements over where to set the thermostat have ended a friendship with a roommate. What's more, half of respondents said they won't even date someone if their so-called "AC etiquette" isn't compatible with their own.

Further, if you're one of those people who wait until the last possible moment to use your AC, in order to save money, you're in good company. Most survey respondents said they're willing to suffer through at least five days of high temps before breaking down and cranking up the AC, while some 14% admitted they don't even think about activating the AC until at least August of each year.

On a related note, the survey finds 35% of respondents saying they crank the AC all the way down when they first turn it on, in the belief it'll cool their home faster. But that's not how air conditioners work: regardless of the temperate setting, most ACs blow the cooled air at a constant rate. If you want to cool a room faster, and if your AC allows it, the fan speed is what you want to increase.

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