Is It OK To Run Your Central AC 24/7?

admin  -   10:00 am  -   May 03rd, 2024

In Boston’s hot weather, you want to stay cool and comfortable in your home or business, so you turn on your central air and perhaps don’t think twice about running it day and night.

But is it ok to run your AC 24/7?

The short answer is no. As your premier home comfort provider, MacFarlane Energy will help you understand the potential issues your AC system might have if you have to keep it running constantly.

Downsides to running your central air 24/7

While most air conditioners run efficiently, if they’re operating round-the-clock there are some drawbacks.

Wasted energy

According to the Department of Energy, “117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air each year” from air conditioning usage. Prevent your AC system from wasting energy and reduce your carbon footprint by decreasing the amount of time your unit cools.

Higher energy bills

Despite technological improvements in energy efficiency, air conditioners still consume a fair amount of energy to operate. Running your central air non-stop uses more energy increasing your utility bill. By reducing the amount of time your unit runs, you can lower your energy spending and save money.

More frequent air filter clogging

As your central air conditioner pulls in air to cool, the filter inside the unit collects dirt and dust to prevent it from entering your home. Over time, your air filter will become clogged, reducing the efficiency of the equipment. If you run your central AC system non-stop it can increase the frequency that you need to replace your air filter. 

Reduced lifespan

Central air conditioners have an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. Running your central AC 24/7 puts a greater strain on your system and shortens its lifespan. It can create problems including compressor issues, frozen evaporator coils, increased system wear and tear, and more, reducing the lifespan of your unit.

With professional service and proper run cycles, you can extend the life of your air conditioning system. Contact MacFarlane Energy to learn about our comprehensive annual air conditioning maintenance and more ways to improve your comfort at home!