I didn’t realize that leaving my windows open was making my air conditioner work harder

The breeze felt amazing and it was the first time I had this degree of privacy, so I exploited the freedom that came with it.

I just moved into a house for the first time since I left home for college at 18 years old. Four years were spent in a dormitory, another two were spent in apartments with several roommates, while the last four years I lived alone in a studio apartment. The view of my last apartment was amazing, with a perfect look out at the ocean several floors below, but I was ready for change. I wanted to have a yard where I could walk outside and have potted plants and a garden. There, I could have beautiful flowers to look at every morning while I sip my coffee and read the news. I wanted to finally have the space and comfort of privacy while not being crammed into a building with people in every direction, just a few feet away at any given moment, separated from you by only a six inch wall. Needless to say, the day I received the keys to my first house was momentous. I bought new furniture at a local boutique store and began decorating after my initial paint job was finished. The first habit I developed was leaving the windows open throughout the day and often through the entire evening most nights. The breeze felt amazing and it was the first time I had this degree of privacy, so I exploited the freedom that came with it. But, at the same time, I should have been turning my air conditioner off while I left my windows open. I didn’t realize I was making it work harder during each cycle, thus wearing down many of the internal components. My technician said the fan motor looked overworn given the machine’s age, and the cracked evaporator coil clearly needed to be replaced. This was after just six months in my new house.

 

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