As autumn temperatures fall, you may be tempted to open the windows in your Charles Town, West Virginia, home. While you should never open the windows with your HVAC system running, there are some benefits to opening them in place of running a heating or cooling system. Learn when you should and shouldn’t open your windows to manage your home comfort effectively.
The Effect of Open Windows
Opening your windows and turning off your heating or cooling will temporarily lower your energy expenses. However, opening your windows can let more than fresh air in. If the weather is damp, you’ll welcome high humidity levels into your home. Pollen, dirt, dust, exhaust fumes and other pollutants can come in through your open windows as well. It’s worth considering your air quality when you open the windows and only do so if outside irritants aren’t bothering you and the weather outdoors isn’t overly hot, cold or humid.
The Benefits of an HVAC System
Your HVAC system does more than just maintain your desired temperatures. Air conditioning naturally dehumidifies the air in summer, removing the moisture that can lead to discomfort, dampness and microbial growth. Your HVAC system also cleans the air with each pass through the air filter. If you have an air cleaner installed in your home, the effect is even more pronounced.
How to Run Your System Efficiently
Opening the windows can help you cut back on your energy expenses when the weather is comfortable outside. However, it takes more energy for your HVAC system to correct the temperature than to maintain it. If opening the windows allows the home to become extremely hot or cold, the work needed to restore the temperature may offset your energy savings.
It’s generally best to rely on an HVAC system for home comfort and healthy indoor air quality. Make sure your system is properly equipped for the job by getting regular maintenance for both your heating and cooling systems. Schedule your visit with Griffith Energy Services, Inc. by calling 888-474-3391.
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