As the weather gets milder, you may get the idea to turn your air conditioning system off and open your windows to let in a cooling breeze. But is this a good idea, or should you just leave the air conditioner running as usual? The Ice-Man, a trusted source of smart thermostats and controls in the area, answers this question here.
Keeping Your Windows Open
Opening your windows allows fresh, healthy air to enter your home, keeping your spaces naturally cool and comfortable. This reduces your reliance on your air conditioning system, which means you can save considerably on energy. Doing this isn’t without its downside, however. For example, the damp weather in the fall can raise humidity levels inside your home. What’s more, if you live somewhere busy and crowded, dirt, dust and other contaminants can enter your living space when you open your windows.
For this reason, it’s best to open your windows only when the weather outdoors isn’t exceedingly damp or cold. In fact, you don’t even have to open them all the way–cracking them a few inches is enough to let in a cool breeze. And if you absolutely have to open your window, be sure to open another one across the room to allow for better indoor air flow.
Leaving Your AC Running
You might find that keeping your AC system on even in milder weather is the wiser choice. The fact is, opening the windows can leave your home overly cold, which offsets the energy you may have saved. That’s because your HVAC unit will have to work harder to bring your home back to a more consistent temperature, which means expending more energy. Keeping your windows closed and leaving your cooling system on also prevents exposure to any outdoor pollutants that could enter you home.
When it comes to high-quality heating and cooling services, look no further than The Ice-Man. With our exceptional HVAC solutions, we’ll make sure your home remains comfortable and energy-efficient regardless of the weather. We proudly serve Hopewell, NJ, and the areas around Greater Mercer County. Call us today at (609) 466-9020 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.