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Maybe you’re returning from a long vacation, or perhaps you’re taking a trip to your Columbia, Maryland, summer home. When you arrive, the house feels hot and stuffy, so you crank down the air conditioner to speed up the cooling process. In reality, turning down the air conditioner to a lower temperature won’t result in faster cooling. Here’s why.

Air Conditioners Can Only Operate at Certain Speeds

When you lower the temperature on your thermostat, the air conditioner turns on and begins to cool your home. Many modern air conditioners feature a two-stage system, which means they can run at both high and low speeds. However, the air conditioning can’t work any harder than that to cool your home.

So, turning down your thermostat by 10 degrees won’t cool your home any faster than if you turn it down by two degrees. The air conditioner will simply continue to run until the indoor air temperature reaches the setting on your thermostat. You can’t accelerate cooling beyond the air conditioner’s capacity.

The Dangers of Turning Your Thermostat Down Too Far

When your air conditioner runs for extended periods of time, it incurs unnecessary wear and tear. This can reduce its lifespan or cause unnecessary mechanical breakdowns. Additionally, if you forget to turn the thermostat back up once the air in your house reaches the desired temperature, your home will become far too cold and you’ll waste energy and money. 

To avoid this problem, consider installing a programmable thermostat that you can control from your mobile device. You can start to cool your house remotely before you arrive, which will eliminate the discomfort and increase efficiency. We love helping our customers save money by upgrading their equipment to the latest technology standard.

A hot house never feels good upon arrival, but cranking down the air conditioning doesn’t solve this problem. To learn about our air conditioning services and how we can help, call Griffith Energy Services at 888-474-3391 to schedule an appointment.

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