Central air - use it or lose it

Old 06-22-20, 08:06 PM
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Central air - use it or lose it

I have a new townhouse that I will barely need to use central air (I never had central AC before). Having a strong interest in the environment and it's not often I get hot, I will barely be using the AC. I am looking for guidelines on how long I should run it for when I use it and; do I need to run it every x amount of days or weeks? I ask these questions to prevent any problems. Maybe a dishwasher is the only appliance "use it or lose it"
Old 06-22-20, 08:17 PM
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You don't need to run it at all.
If you feel warm or hot..... turn it on. When you are comfortable... turn it down or off.
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This time of year, mine is on 24 hrs a day.
Old 06-23-20, 04:34 AM
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In the north it is common for air conditioning to not be used for 8 months and it generally causes no problem. I will say though that you should test it early in the summer just to make sure it's working properly. You don't want to wait to the last minute and try it on the first day of a big heat wave only to find that it doesn't work and all the service people are backed up with work.
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You know the temperature where you feel uncomfortable so set the thermostat a degree or two below that and let the thermostat do it's job.

Old 06-23-20, 09:35 PM
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Turn it on a few hours each season to keep the compressor properly lubricated.

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