As the summer heat ramps up, so does the temptation to leave windows open and enjoy the breeze. But is this really a good idea?
Here are 5 reasons why you should think twice before leaving your windows open when the AC is on:
1. You’re Wasting Money
Leaving your windows open when the AC is on is basically like throwing money out the window – quite literally! Every time you open a window, all that cool air escapes, causing your AC to work harder (and use more energy) to maintain the desired temperature.
2. You’re Making Your AC Work harder (and shorten its lifespan)
In addition to wasting money, running your AC unit harder than necessary can also shorten its lifespan. When your AC has to work overtime, it puts unnecessary stress on the system, which can lead to premature breakdowns.
3. You’re risking moisture damage
If there’s one thing that can ruin your home quickly, it’s moisture damage. And unfortunately, leaving your windows open while running the AC creates the perfect environment for moisture damage to occur.
That’s because when humid air from outside mixes with the cool air from your AC, condensation can form on windows, walls, and ceilings. This can lead to all sorts of problems, like water stains, mold growth, and structural damage.
4. You’re inviting pests inside
We all know that pests love nothing more than to come inside where it’s nice and cool. So if you leave your windows open while the AC is running, you’re basically inviting them in! Not only are pests annoying, but some of them can also carry diseases that put your family at risk.
5. You’re making yourself more vulnerable to crime
While we hate to think about it, crime does happen – even in seemingly safe neighborhoods. And an easy way for criminals to break into a home is through an open window.
So if you want to keep your family safe, it’s best to close those windows and keep them locked when you’re not home.
So there you have it – 5 good reasons why you should close your windows when the AC is on. If you need help making sure your AC unit is running properly or would like assistance with any other comfort-related issues in your home, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 919-261-7670. We’d be happy to help!