The air conditioner keeps our homes cool and comfortable when outside temperatures soar into the 80s, 90s, and even the triple digits. Many people wonder if the AC runs too much during the summer or when the house doesn’t cool down efficiently if it runs enough. If you want the answer to this question, keep reading to find out.
Every Household is Unique
There is no set rule dictating the number of hours your AC should run per day. Some families run their AC for an hour or two while others allow it to run continuously, especially on days when temps reach 90 degrees or better.
The type of air conditioning unit in your home affects the way that it cycles and the number of hours you can expect it to run per day. Other factors that affect the amount of time your AC runs include:
- Thermostat settings
- Outside temperatures
- Size/BTU of the air conditioner
Running an AC Continuously
There are setbacks to running an AC longer than necessary. Most importantly, continuous operation decreases the AC unit’s efficiency and causes abnormal wear and tear, so you may find yourself spending money on repairs or replacements in the near future.
Every household determines the appropriate AC usage for their place based on criteria such as the outside temperature and humidity levels. There are, however, rules to follow if you want to get the most efficiency from your AC unit.
Average Hours an AC Unit Runs Per Day
The average air conditioning unit in Alabama runs for cycles of 15 to 20-minutes. Anything longer than this can cause the refrigerant lines inside the unit to freeze or one of the dozens of other problems. Again, this length of time may be longer, depending on the type of AC unit that you operate in the home.
Expect the AC to go through at least two cycles during a 24-hour period. The hotter the day, the more the unit will cycle off and on to keep the place cool and comfortable.
Absolute Air offers a wide array of services, including, but not limited to, AC installation, AC repair, heating installation, heating repair, metal fabrication (for all types of ductwork), refrigeration, and gas line installation. Our trained team of technicians can also service and work on equipment brands such as American Standard, Train, Carrier, York, Goodman, Rudd, and Mitsubishi, to name a few. If you have a service request not mentioned here, give us a call.