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Is It Bad To Have Your Windows Open AND Run Your AC?

April 27, 2023 | Blog

There is nothing better than getting some fresh breath outside. However, opening your windows and having your AC on can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. While the outside air can be very relaxing to have when you are inside, making sure to switch off your HVAC systems can save you money and time in the future.

At KCA Services in Boerne, we want you to make educated decisions about your indoor air quality and health. That’s why we dedicate our time to educating Texans about the different aspects of HVAC health and providing friendly, expert customer service! We want to be your go-to AC repair company. If you’re wondering about the effects that open windows will have on a running air conditioner, know that you will be using a lot of power for little to no cooling. Instead, opt for closing the blinds and curtains to keep heat out of your house!

Will Having My Windows Open Mean More AC Maintenance?

While it may seem like a nice idea to have your windows open to let in some fresh air while your system is running, it could cause bigger problems down the line. This means more maintenance will be needed and it could lead to an increase in your utility bill. Other reasons you shouldn’t keep your windows open while your unit is running includes:

Heat And Humidity

Unfortunately, having the windows open while your AC is running can mean a lot more for your maintenance costs over time. This is because as the open windows let in outdoor air, your temperature sensors are going to see that your cooling system isn’t getting the house to your optimal temperature.

This is because as warm air enters your home, it becomes harder and harder to cool the house down. It’s like pouring cold water into a jacuzzi – it’s only a matter of time before the cold water gets hot too! As your AC strains to make sure that your house stays cool, it will be using more electricity for less effective cooling.

Dust, Allergens And Debris

The amount of dust and debris from outside that will come in when you open your windows means that your air filters can become clogged very quickly. If you live in the South, you know that allergens, dust and dirt can fly through the air in the blink of an eye. This unfortunately also happens when you open your windows, which means your indoor air quality will only get worse over time.

HVAC units use filters to ensure that there are less pollutants and debris for you to breathe in. While the efficiency can vary, exposing your unit to more debris means that you’re going to have less filtration over time. Clogged filters can even lead to other HVAC problems, such as bad smells and less cool air coming out of your vents!

Call Today For Boerne Air Conditioner Services!

At KCA Services in Boerne, we know that it can be tempting to open your window to get a breath of fresh Texas air! However, before you do, make sure to turn off your air conditioner so that you’re not overworking or overstraining it. With energy prices rising, there’s no reason to waste power that doesn’t cool you off! Call today for expert AC services done right the first time!

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