Premature Use of the Air Conditioner| Hinsdale, Chicago Heights, Lyons

The gloom and doom of winter has left many Chicagoans in a funk. The dreary weather and bitter cold temperatures make it extra hard to drag yourself through life’s many stresses, but luckily, spring has arrived and with it will come a plethora of sun filled days. The warmth of this season will melt into a hot and sticky summer, and the air conditioner will be in full operation nearly 24 hours a day. There are many times when Four Seasons will visit a customer’s home and find a burnt out unit very early in the season. The problem is usually due to running the air conditioner before the weather truly calls for cooling. What many homeowners don’t know is that there are certain temperatures that air conditioner should not run at.

Compressor Safety Vs Your Comfort

Although the weather outside may only be in the fifties, many homeowners find that the sun does a very nice job of keeping the inside of their home much warmer than the outdoors. Passive heating works even better in the spring than it does in the winter, but the only problem is, it may get to warm for comfort.  The extra heat often leads many homeowners to turn on the air conditioner prematurely. As a result, the compressor may suffer damage and lead to an unwanted breakdown.

Block Out the Sun!

To prevent this from happening in your home, find a way to reduce sun exposure. Cover your windows with thick curtains during the day to prevent the sun from getting in, or try to use ceiling and standing fans to create a breeze that will cool you down. Using the air conditioner too soon not only puts the unit at risk for damage but it also will cost you more in the long run. The longer you can wait to turn on the air conditioner this summer, the less you will spend on its operating costs for the year. For more tips on how to keep your home cool without using the air conditioner, call Four Seasons today!


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