Some people think that they can cool their houses faster than normal by turning down the air conditioner (AC). Unfortunately, most ACs delivers the same level of cooling irrespective of the set temperature. The temperature on the thermostat only determines the cutoff point — the point at which the AC stops active cooling. Here are tips that do help with accelerated cooling.
Turn Off Heat Sources
The AC cools your house by extracting heat from the indoor air and dumping the heat outside. The more heat your house has, to begin with, the more your AC will take to cool the house. Thus, you can accelerate the cooling process by reducing the amount of heat the AC has to extract. You do this by turning off heat sources, such as:
- Blowing off candles
- Switching off electronics
- Turning off lights that you are not using
- Turning off the stove or oven
By limiting heat sources, your AC only has to deal with the ambient temperature.
Close All Windows and Doors
Openings in your house allow cool air to escape. The AC has to work extra hard too cool more air. The loss of cool air increases the time your house takes to reach comfortable temperatures. Thus, the more cool air you lose, the longer your house will take to cool. Close all the windows and doors to trap your indoor air. That way, your AC only will cool the indoor air without losing it.
Turn On the Fans
Fans help to circulate air in the house. Proper air circulation helps because the thermostat will only read the right temperature once the whole house is cool.
Dehumidify the Air
Your home feels warmer than it is if the humidity is high. High humidity interferes with the evaporation of moisture off your skin, a phenomenon that usually makes you feel cool. If the humidity is high, dehumidify the house, and you will feel cool fast enough.
Close Unused Rooms
The more air your AC has too cool, the longer your house will take to cool. Limit the volume of air your AC has to cool by closing off unused rooms. Assume you are alone in the house and you are watching TV in the living room. You can close off the bedroom, kitchen, and other rooms so that the AC doesn't waste time cooling the unused rooms.
Your AC should cool your home within a reasonable time if it is not malfunctioning. Consult a technician that offers AC services if the AC is struggling to reach comfortable temperatures. A malfunction, such as damaged ductwork, can easily interfere with the AC's efficiency.