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How long do you run your AC in the fall?

Yesterday morning I woke up and it was 55 degrees. So I turned my central AC off – I thought I was done!

Then I made the mistake of leaving an upstairs window open when I went to bed – not my room or my son's room (his door was closed) but mine was open.

When I woke up this morning my eyes were:

  and 

RED and ITCHY

And today I have a headache.

Sometimes I am so busy taking care of taking care of other people (kid, elderly parent) I forget I have allergies too!

Does this happen to you?

Tomorrow the forecast is 90 degrees. So the AC is going back on!

How long do you keep the AC on for, if you have it? What part of the country do you live in? 

Where I am, molds are high right now…..

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  • K8sMom2002

    Sorry about the red and itchy eyes …

    We're in south Georgia, so we may be running our AC until the end of October — at which point we may have a hard freeze. We've had Thanksgivings where we all wore shorts. 

    Around here, we run our air for most of the year — I don't open our windows very often at all. 

  • ice princess

    We've had days in the spring and fall when we have run the heat in the morning and the air in the afternoon. We rarely open windows during high allergy season

  • K8sMom2002

    Ice Princess! I've got a friend who lives in the high desert area of Oregon, and she says the same thing — gotta be frustrating!

  • Kathy P

    Welcome to AAFA Ice Princess.

    I envy you that you can keep the windows closed during high allergy season. We don't have A/C since it's pretty temperate here. There are only a handful of days that really get hot here. That's when we close the windows to keep the heat out. Otherwise, I wind up with my windows open all.the.time until we turn the heat on somewhere around Oct/Nov. And the ceiling fans running to keep everything mixed up and suspended in the air!

  • ice princess
    Allison posted:

    Yesterday morning I woke up and it was 55 degrees. So I turned my central AC off – I thought I was done!

    Then I made the mistake of leaving an upstairs window open when I went to bed – not my room or my son's room (his door was closed) but mine was open.

    When I woke up this morning my eyes were:

      and 

    RED and ITCHY

    And today I have a headache.

    Sometimes I am so busy taking care of taking care of other people (kid, elderly parent) I forget I have allergies too!

    Does this happen to you?

    Tomorrow the forecast is 90 degrees. So the AC is going back on!

    How long do you keep the AC on for, if you have it? What part of the country do you live in? 

    Where I am, molds are high right now…..

     

  • ice princess

    When everyone thinks it's cool outside and has their windows open… ours are closed with the air running, so if it's 60-65° outside,  the closed windows making the house warm, like a car sitting in the sun.   If it's cool outside,  it doesn't run continuously,  it automatically shuts off.  

  • K8sMom2002

    Yep … I hate the way that I can't let good fresh air in the house. Even with filters, it seems to get "stale." But our pollen count and humidity here just makes it impossible to have the windows open. We keep our thermostat set high to save money and because there's something about AC air that feels colder. I guess it's because it's dry and dehumidified?

  • Allison

    Dehumidified – yes. That is what my new AC person told me – he said it dries everything out. I still like cold, fresh air though much better. My house is from 1920 and has an attic fan in it that sounds like a freight train (set in the hallway ceiling) – it used to really cool everything off. 

    I think when my son went on Pulmicort at the age of 1 in the nebulizer was when we stopped using it and keeping everything shut up tight….

    Shortly after he was diagnosed I was allergy tested as well. Goodbye, open windows at night! 

  • Jen

    Hi Ice Princess – Welcome to the AAFA forums.

    As far as AC  and heat go, we don't let the time of year dictate when it goes on/off.  In Maryland, the weather can be so wacky, particularly in the fall and spring.  Yesterday was hot (90's) and then it's only in the 70's today.  We just adjust our thermostat as needed.  

    In terms of the air being "dehumidified", I know that when we had the HVAC replaced at our old house, they installed a whole house humidifier.  I think that took care of some of those issues.

  • K8sMom2002

    Sigh. I really wish we could do something like that, along with one of those whole-house filtration systems. 

    Which reminds me … I need to swap out the filter in my HVAC system. What with all the dust we have — where does it COME FROM??? I find that I need to swap it out more often than the directions say. I don't always do that, but I know from looking at it earlier this week, it is beyond needing changing!

    I should set a reminder on my computer or my phone so that I don't think about it. Oh, and put the SIZE of the filter in as well, because I've gotten to the store and realized, "Oh, shoot, I don't remember exactly what size it is." It's an odd size, not standard at all.

  • Jen

    Is anyone still running their AC?  This week has actually been in the 70s around here, so no need for AC for us.  

  • Kathy P

    We have a late season heat wave come through. It was 90F yesterday! Justkept the house closed up til it was cooler outside.

  • K8sMom2002

    We are still running the AC … it's cooler, but still 78 here, even at 7:30 at night! Tomorrow and the day after, it's supposed to be 89, which is cool for our neck of the woods.

  • Jen

    My husband actually turned the heat on this morning.  It got super chilly overnight!  But…with the nice weather we've been having, I think I may have to open the windows.