Why Won’t the Temperature Go Down to 72°?
You rely on your air conditioner to provide suitable temperatures when the temperature of the outdoor air is unbearable. And often, you want the temperature indoors to be as low as possible. We know how nice it is to get out of the scorching summer sun and make your way into a chilly room.
But you might be expecting too much from your air conditioner. If your AC system is not reaching your ideal temperature setting, there could be something wrong—or you might have chosen a temperature that’s much too low.
Your AC will struggle to lower the temperature by 20°
Most air conditioning systems simply don’t have the capacity to lower the temperature by any more than about 20°. When it’s 100°, you really cannot assume that your air conditioner will be able to lower the temperature to 72°.
When you set the temperature this low on your thermostat, the AC will have to continuously cycle in an attempt to reach that setting. This uses a lot of energy—even though you would be comfortable with a higher temperature setting.
What you can do to improve efficiency and AC performance
Keep your air conditioner working efficiently for longer by making smarter choices about the way you use your air conditioner.
- Raise the temperature. The EPA recommends 78° as an efficient summer setting. This is comfortable enough for most people, and it helps to maintain your AC system and lower your bills.
- Maintain your air conditioner. Change the filter each and every month, keep the unit clean, and schedule annual maintenance visits with a qualified technician to keep your AC working its best.
- Keep the AC on when you’re away. Raise the temperature by 5-10° when you’re away to save money, but don’t turn the system off completely. This allows the ducts to warm so it takes even longer to cool your home when you arrive. Use your programmable thermostat to schedule it to lower back to 78° 20 minutes before you plan to arrive home.
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