As we dive into the summer season, it’s likely that you’re going to notice a spike in your energy bills. Many of us rely on a whole-home air conditioning system to keep our families comfortable during the summer months. Unfortunately, this can lead to some high energy costs. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy bills, one strategy you may have come across is opening your windows at night.
The Logic Behind Opening Your Windows
The simple idea behind opening your windows at night is that you can turn your air conditioning system off. As long as it’s cool outside, you can allow that cool air to come inside and keep you comfortable during the overnight hours. However, does this method actually work?
What Happens When You Open Your Windows?
Your air conditioning system works all day to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. As soon as you turn it off and open your windows, you’re letting all that cooled air escape outside. The air that you’re letting come into your home from outside brings humidity with it. Humidity is moisture in the air and can make the temperature feel damp and warmer than it actually is.
Leave Them Closed
While at an initial glance, opening your windows at night may seem like a great idea to help reduce your energy costs in the summertime. However, opening your windows at night essentially allows humid air to come inside of your home while releasing your previously conditioned air outside.
In the morning, your air conditioning system is going to have to work twice as hard to remove that excess humidity from the air to help bring your home to a more comfortable temperature for your family. This will end up costing you more money in energy bills to have your air conditioning system constantly running than to just leave your windows closed at night.
Quality AC Services
Real Time Bros Heating & Air Conditioning provides quality AC services to all of Garden Grove, CA, and surrounding areas. We’re also here for all of your heating needs. Simply contact our office to schedule your next service appointment!