Fall is the ideal time of the year in Harahan, Louisiana. The cool weather and lower humidity are a relief from the heat of the summer months. Many people think that the cooler weather is a good reason to open the windows and get the outdoor air flowing indoors. However, is opening your windows going to wreck your energy efficiency?

Maintaining Your Energy Efficiency

When installing an HVAC system, a calculation is performed to work out the load necessary for the unit. This allows for maximum energy efficiency in the home. By opening your windows, you allow warm air in, which increases the workload on your system. The HVAC has to work harder to cool down that warm air. This not only uses more energy but could overheat the system, resulting in costly repairs. If you open the windows in your home, then turn off your air conditioner until you close the windows again.

Danger of Dust and Other Particles

Open windows attract unwanted particles. Even though we can’t see them, dust particles, pollen, and other contaminants easily enter and settle on the surfaces around your home. These particles compromise your indoor air quality, which may affect your health. Common symptoms of contaminated air are nasal congestion, sinus issues, allergies, and asthma.

Use HVAC Add-on Components to Increase Your Energy-Efficiency

One of the easiest ways to save money and reduce your energy use is to optimize your HVAC system. Each time you turn the system off to open windows, it needs to power up again when you close the windows. Shutting the system down and powering it up again are the times it uses the most energy. Add-on components help you to improve your comfort indoors in an affordable manner. For example, a smart thermostat adjusts according to whether people are at home or not.

The best way to save money and be more energy-efficient is to keep your HVAC system running efficiently. Contact Bryans United Air Conditioning at 504-208-2071 to schedule preventive maintenance.

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