When warm months hit the Seattle area, your air conditioner needs to be ready to go. An annual inspection and tune-up is always a good idea. Once we’re heading into summer and temperatures are rising, your cooling system needs to be ready for the long haul. The hot summer months can make homeowners wonder how often they should be running their cooling system. A thermostat can be set to “on” so that the fan runs even when the air conditioner is not, but is it a good idea to run a cooling system 24/7? Let’s get to the bottom of a few commonly asked questions about running a cooling system all the time.
Won’t that make my energy costs go up?
If this is the first question that popped into your head, that makes sense. After all, the more energy that’s used, the higher your bill. Most homeowners think that the more their cooling system runs, the more energy they’re using, and the higher their monthly bill will be. But today’s cooling systems are actually quite efficient, so running the fan all the time does not use excessive energy. Also, constantly circulating the air in your home can eliminate random hot spots that would cause your air conditioner to kick back on. Due to this, running your system 24/7 could actually save you money in the long run.
Does that mean a lot of wear and tear on my air conditioner and fan?
If you’re worried about running your cooling system continuously, have no fear. It’s designed for that very purpose, so you don’t have to worry about wearing out the components or risking premature breakdowns.
Does it even make a difference?
There are a variety of benefits to running your cooling system around the clock. One is that you can cool your home more evenly. This is especially true for two story homes. Another benefit is that circulating more air can improve your air quality since more air is passing through your home’s air filter.
Keep your home comfortable and efficient
At Home Comfort Alliance, we offer a wide range of residential and commercial heating, cooling, and in-home comfort services. We specialize in working with components like air conditioners, air handlers, furnaces, ductless systems, generators, heat pumps, thermostats, and more. Connect with our license technicians to address any concerns about the climate inside your home or commercial building.
Call us at (425) 645-0404, or use our online contact form to arrange maintenance or repair service.