Is It Bad To Leave My Windows Open When I Have My AC On?

May 13, 2020

You may think that leaving the window open with the air conditioning on is a harmless practice that will allow you to get some fresh air during the summer. However, it is not a very good idea and can counteract all of the hard work that your HVAC system is doing. Here is why you should keep your windows closed while the air conditioner in running.

Keep the Cool Air in

Air Conditioners produce that vital cool air that keeps you comfortable when it’s hot out. However, that air needs to remain inside the home in order for your HVAC system to do its job. This can only occur when the windows are kept tightly closed. An open window, or even a crack in one, is enough to let out the cool air.

Don’t Make Your Air Conditioner Work Harder

When you have cool air escaping the home, you will need to leave your air conditioner on a higher setting to get the job done. As a result, your HVAC system will likely need to be kept on longer, therefore getting little rest. This will place a higher strain on your HVAC system and can lead to it breaking down prematurely. Going easy on your air conditioner can lead to a longer life and lower electricity bills.

Maintain Good Air Quality

When you leave the window open, not only does air escape from your home, but dirty air also comes in. This will mean that you and your family are breathing in dirty air that is largely being recirculated in your home by the air conditioner. The resulting dust can also harm your HVAC system by coating its parts and coils and inhibiting the system from fully doing its job.

Peters Associates in Philadelphia, PA, can help keep your air conditioning in fine shape for when it is needed. We can also help with heating services, cooling services as well as monitoring and improving your indoor air quality. Give us a call today!

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