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

February 28, 2023 | Blog

Imagine this scenario: a warm front is sweeping through Texas. As the temperatures rise, you feel the urge to throw open your windows and crank up the AC. You’re craving some fresh air in your stuffy home, so why not get the air circulating even faster by opening your windows and turning on your HVAC system?

Here at Barker’s Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to preserving the life of your heating and cooling systems. We don’t recommend cracking your windows while your air conditioning unit is on because doing so can cause several issues. Read on for more information about why open windows are bad for your AC unit’s performance!

Open Windows Lead To Extra AC Maintenance

If you’re looking to save money, propping your windows open while your HVAC is running can be detrimental to your bank account.

Keeping your windows cracked reduces the efficiency of your AC unit, creating an irregular flow pattern and wasting power during the cycle. It becomes harder for your HVAC to maintain the temperatures that you and your family want when air from outside is constantly circulating through your home. This means higher utility bills and more tune-ups in the long run.

Open Windows Increases Your Need For An HVAC Repair

Cracking your windows and using your AC at the same time doesn’t just lead to more frequent maintenance. It can also damage your system’s parts and cause poor indoor air quality.

Humidity Damages AC Parts

When muggy air seeps into your home, the metal components within your air conditioning system are at risk of corrosion. Moisture in the air allows rust to damage any exposed piece or part, pushing your device to its limit. Your AC unit takes longer to heat and cool your home when each component isn’t functioning at its best.

An Overworked HVAC System Equals Bad Indoor Air Quality

With every season, there are new contaminants in the air outside your home. Pollutants and allergens can increase when your windows are open, causing your AC unit to slowly break down under the strain. Dust and dirt can damage your thermostat, filter, fan motor, air ducts, evaporator coil and other electronic components if left unchecked.

How To Maintain Consistent Temperatures Without Opening Your Windows

Interested in learning some tips and tricks that can help you preserve the lifespan of your AC unit? Here are six ways you can keep your home cool without opening your windows!

  • Install tinted windows to reduce heat from the sun’s rays.
  • Make sure your roof, walls and floors are well insulated.
  • Find some thick blinds or curtains to block sunlight.
  • Install a smart thermostat to keep your home cool even when you’re gone.
  • Find a fan that will increase air circulation.
  • Purchase a zoning system to keep each room at the perfect temperature.

Practicing these strategies can go a long way when it comes to maintaining a cool, comfortable climate in your home.

Contact Barker’s Heating & Cooling For Your College Station Air Conditioner Services!

Now that you know how open windows affect your AC unit, you and your family can expect more efficiency from your device in the long run! If your air conditioning system begins to show signs of wear and tear, don’t hesitate to connect with your reliable HVAC team at Barker’s Heating & Cooling! We can fix lots of different heaters and AC units as well as offer indoor air quality services and more.

Feel free to contact us through our website by scheduling an AC maintenance appointment!

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