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Do You Need Air Conditioning Even When It’s Cold Outside?

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One odd question that can arise amidst this discomfort is, “Do I need to continue using air conditioning even when it’s bitterly cold outside?”

Fall is coming to an end. Thus, it’s no surprise that the mornings are frosty, and the nights are chilly. Even though the real teeth of winter haven’t clamped down on us just yet, the full brunt of winter is just around the corner. Considering how you might need to layer up and then shed those layers throughout the day, you’ll probably be frustrated by the constantly-fluctuating weather conditions. One odd question that can arise amidst this discomfort is, “Do I need to continue using air conditioning even when it’s bitterly cold outside?” 

50 Degrees and Below 

Once outdoor temps dip below 50 degrees, it’s a bad idea to run your AC. That is primarily due to the compressor and refrigerants reacting badly to the cold. So while cooling down the house at night is conducive to better sleep, there are other ways to get air flowing to relieve that feeling of being too warm when you’re curled up under the covers. Besides, it’s extremely unpleasant to wake up feeling like you’re soaked in sweat!

How Come the Air Gets Stale and Stuffy? 

But if you’re worried about warm air suffocating you, we have some more advice for you! Heat rises, and as such, warm air collects in rooms where there is no constant motion. The fan-only setting or the circulate mode can help resolve that issue. 

So How Can I Keep The Air Moving? 

Good question! The simplest answer is to turn on the ceiling fan. You can also run the AC in its “fan” mode. That setting gets the cooler air moving without overexerting the air-con. If that hasn’t helped either,  another idea is to open up a window. Doing this also allows some fresh air to flow inside, which can be very helpful if you’re feeling sleepy while sitting at your computer all day! Just be sure to shut your windows again before you switch the heater back on. Heat loss is no joke, and higher energy bills are no laughing matter, to boot.   

Circulation Issues Demand Professional Expertise 

Suppose that none of the other recommendations we’ve outlined so far have worked. In that case, your lingering circulation issues call for assistance from professional HVAC technicians. When the expert arrives, they can inspect the ductwork. Faulty ductwork might be the reason why your air conditioning system is struggling. And if it turns out that there’s nothing wrong with the ducts, try experimenting with humidifiers, dehumidifiers, or low ambient temperature kits!   

We Are Proud of the Company We Keep

William E. Kingswell has remained a distinguished provider of commercial and residential heating and cooling services since 1937. We have provided unmatched customer service to all of our clients. We enjoy being the preferred HVAC equipment distributor of countless customers. We offer a comprehensive range of high-quality heat pumps, boilers, unit heaters, HVAC accessories, and more. William E. Kingswell works with businesses and homeowners throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, including Baltimore, Frederick, Annapolis, Fairfax, Manassas, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Virginia Beach, and Leesburg. To learn more about our extensive range of SpacePak, Concord, Allied Commercial, and Bard HVAC equipment, give us a call at 301-937-1900 or contact us today!

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