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Should You Keep Your A/C or Heater Running?

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Vacation Dilemma

For some climates, you need to leave your heat on from October to April (or May!). For others, summers are brutal and for health reasons, your air conditioner should stay on. In most cases, though, there are times where leaving your equipment running is optional. The question is: should you?

Reasons to leave your system running:

1) You don’t have to wait for the temperature to reach where you want it. Your home will be a consistent temperature throughout the day with more opportunity to even out throughout the house.

2) During summer, your air conditioner takes care of humidity as well as heat. Leaving it on keeps your humidity within reasonable limits and doesn’t overburden the unit if you leave it off for a long time then put it on.

3) You may be tempted to turn off the heat to save energy on a mild winter day, or if you’ll be away for a while. This can lead to frozen pipes if the temperature drops unexpectedly. Leaving it running keeps your home safe from too-low temperatures. Turn down your thermostat to a minimum of 50F to save on energy without the risk of freezing.

4) Forced air systems have the option of running the fan continuously, even when heating or cooling isn’t required. This circulates the air continuously, passing it through the filters and improving indoor air quality.

5) Another reason to have your fan run continuously is to provide better temperature distribution throughout your home. Constant air movement mixes air throughout your home. This prevents stagnant air pockets from forming and giving you unpleasant hot or cold spots.

Reasons to shut it down:

1) While your system draws more electricity during ramp up, it also consumes more power if left on 24/7. Leaving your system running continuously results in more energy consumption overall.

2) Most residential air conditioning systems use a refrigerant. Peak efficiency for these units is close to full load. So when the air conditioner is working hard to lower your home’s temperature, its efficiency is high. If you leave on the air conditioner to maintain your home’s temperature, the unit’s efficiency falls. Ultimately this adds to your summer energy bills.

3) You’ll see quicker wear and tear on parts. This translates into higher maintenance costs and a shorter lifespan.

4) When your fan runs continuously, it passes more air through the filters. Because your filter is taking care of more air, it clogs faster and needs replacing sooner.

Whether or not you decide to run your A/C or Heating equipment continuously, you need it working well. Give us a call at 801-375-COOL to make sure your unit is at peak performance!

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Mary Bonham
Mary Bonham
04:33 22 Jun 21
Western Heating and Air have been reliable and they keep our furnace and AC running well!
Charles Wright
Charles Wright
22:09 21 Jun 21
Have used them in the past with AC/Furnace issues. Called them again to do a checkup since we had a small issue. They took care of everything and made sure things were working. Great service!
Sarah Jackson
Sarah Jackson
16:51 21 Jun 21
It's too hot to have a broken AC for the weekend! I was so relieved that Ben could come out earlier than scheduled and repair my AC. Ben was awesome! He is very friendly and makes the whole experience very comfortable. He is very knowledgeable and gave me really good maintenance advice. The price was about what I expected. Very happy with the work done and very happy I purchased the maintenance package.
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