Weather--it's been like a roller coaster ride. Some weeks of warm temperatures, then cold, then warm again--or everything in the same week! The River Valley area is notorious for fluctuations in weather patterns. This may leave you wondering whether you really need to be running your heat and air system continuously. After all, if you turn it off when temperatures rise, what could it hurt?
It's common knowledge that turning something OFF saves energy, but if that is causing your system to have to work harder when you do go back to the ON setting, you may want to give it some thought. There are some definite benefits to continuous operation.
Leaving your thermostat at a constant setting will maintain a better balance of even temperature throughout your home and prevent air pockets of stagnant air, thereby avoiding hot and cold spots. The fan may be left in the ON position to circulate the air in your home even when it's not actively heating or cooling. This will pull the air through the filters and improve your indoor air quality.
Another consideration is humidity. In the summer your air conditioner doesn't just cool the air, it removes humidity from it as well, causing you to feel more comfortable inside your home. If you turn off the AC and open windows your unit has to work harder (costing more $) when you turn it back on because it's not just cooling, it's stabilizing the humidity levels again. The furnishings in your home hold heat as well, so it takes more energy to cool them down, too.
If a sudden drop in temperatures should happen, you may run the risk of frozen pipes and expensive plumbing bills. Always keep your heat on a minimum setting of 50° to avoid the likelihood of freeze ups.
Air Care Systems by Price, Inc. wants you to know that no matter what kind of unit you may have or how you choose to operate it, if you need help we're here for you. Just give us a call at (479) 777-2331 and remember--never run your heat and air system without a filter. We have those, too, if you need one!