Is It Bad to Run your Air Conditioner 24/7?

Jul 14, 2022

The Risks of Running your Air Conditioner 24/7?how running your hvac can negatively impact your ac

Knowing in the desert climate of the Tri-Cities we have very warm temperatures, particularly during the summer, you have probably considered leaving on your air conditioner 24/7. Afterall, having non stop cold air circulating in your home can seem like great idea to keep your home cool and comfortable during what can be brutal summer weather.

Air conditioners are an important part of our lives for at least several months of the year. In addition to adding to our comfort level in our homes, the cool air is beneficial to electronics like computers.

If you leave your air conditioner set to “Auto Mode”, the A/C unit will run for longer periods without cycling on and off typically because of the high outside temperature. When you run your A/C system with fewer cycles, it decreases your unit’s wear and tear from starting and stopping. It also serves to dehumidify your Tri-Cities home.

Why It’s Bad to Operate Your Air Conditioner 24/7

There are several negative consequences to having your air conditioner running non-stop. Here are some of adverse outcomes from operating your air conditioner 24/7.

Higher Utility Bills

The higher your energy consumption, the more expensive your energy bills will become. If you want to prevent your utility bill from rising significantly, then you will want to moderate your A/C unit usage.

Pollutes the Environment

Air conditioners have a substantial impact on the environment. In fact, household A/C systems are responsible for 39 percent annual greenhouse gas emission in this country.

Even though modern air conditioners are environmentally friendly, there are limits to how much they reduce the negative effects on the air around us. This means the more you run your A/C system, the worse the impact on the environment. Another way to look at this situation is, the cooler the inside of your home is, the warmer the outside becomes.

risks of running air conditioning 24/7Clogs Air Filters

When you operate your air conditioner 24/7, the greater the likelihood your air filters will become clogged with dirt. The result of this is it would cause your A/C unit to blow out warm air instead of cool air.

What’s more, the condenser coils continually accumulate harden dirt from the filters that begin clogging. If you have too much usage without pause, the clogging will occur faster. This will damage the unit’s compressor.

You never, at all costs, want the air conditioner’s compressor and condenser negatively impacted at the same time. This leads to significant damages that may cause you to have to replace your A/C unit.

Compromise Your Health

Running your air conditioner 24/7 could impact the health of you and your loved ones who are benefiting from the nonstop cold air. Air passed through a semi-clogged filter carries small amounts of dust that might cause a mild fever and or a cold.

The specks are particularly hazardous for people who are allergic to them. Without any warning, they can prompt an allergic reaction or slowly build a physical condition that leads toward it. So, for those of you who are easily affected by dust, you’re advised to not run your air conditioner 24/7.

Look to Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning for Expert Maintenance of Your HVACthe downside of always running your ac unit

Look to the HVAC experts at Apollo to ensure your energy system is in excellent condition and operating at optimal efficiency so you can stay cool and comfortable this summer. Our experienced team of highly trained technicians will work with you and exceed your expectations during HVAC repairs and A/C unit replacements.

Apollo field technicians will work closely with you in deciding what HVAC system is the best, and tailor it to fit your unique needs and preferences! We are committed to delivering premium quality HVAC service, maintenance, products, and documentation in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and beyond!

Learn more by contacting Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning! Call us at (509) 396-COLD (2653).