How to Make an A/C Colder and Improve Comfort All Summer Long

Published on: August 23, 2013

The first step to understanding how to make an A/C colder this summer is to understand how your air conditioner works. Your A/C system cools your home by removing heat from inside, not by adding coldness. When heat energy has been removed from your indoor air, cool comfort is left behind.

An air conditioner’s effectiveness is measured by its capacity to handle a household’s cooling load; this is the amount of BTUs (British thermal units) of heat energy it takes an A/C to transfer every hour in order to keep an indoor environment at comfortable temperature levels. While an air conditioning system cannot perform beyond its built specifications, ensuring that it stays at its rated capacity is possible. And if you’re wondering how to make an A/C colder, the following key steps will help ensure that your cooling system doesn’t fall below its best efficiency levels.

Keep the outdoor condensing unit clean and free of dust, dirt and debris buildup. Clear away any weeds, shrubbery or manmade objects that might block the cabinet air vents. To wash away dirt accumulation on the condensing coil, cut off the electrical power before using a garden hose to rinse off residue.

Change your air filter once a month during the cooling season. Filters are an inexpensive but essential way to maintain efficiency and performance in your cooling system.

Locate and fix any possible air leaks in your home. This involves caulking or weatherstripping around doors, windows and any pipes or wiring penetrating your house’s exterior walls. When not properly sealed, these areas allow heat energy to easily infiltrate your indoor environment in the summer (and escape in the winter), and cause your air conditioner to work harder, wasting energy and costing you in both money and comfort.

For more information on how to make an A/C colder, or to learn about other high-efficiency HVAC products and services, please contact the professionals at AC Southeast®. We have quality trained service providers throughout the Southeast, including Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.