How Long Should My AC Take to Cool Down My House?

How Long Should My AC Take to Cool Down My House?

Living in Florida comes with many positives: Beautiful views, gorgeous beaches, mild winters. It also comes with an oppressive summer heat that could turn even the most cheerful people into frustrated beings. So when you come home from work or a hot day at the beach, it’s understandable to look forward to that cool blast of air as soon as you walk in.

If you notice your AC is taking way too long to cool down your home, it could be for several reasons.

How Long Should My AC Take to Cool Down My Home?

In general, it takes one full hour per degree until your home reaches the temperature you set on the thermostat. For an average sized three bedroom home, it could take up to three hours.

However, the answer to this question will vary based on so many circumstances, including:

  • The size of your home
  • How hot it is outside
  • How many people reside in your household

That being said, you do have some control over several factors. The better you take care of them, the more efficient your air conditioner will be at cooling your home.

What Can I Do to Speed up the Process?

1. Change Your Air Filters Often

Changing your air filters regularly will prevent dust from blocking the air flow. Not only will this ensure air conditioner efficiency, but it’ll also keep your energy bills down since your AC won’t have to go into overdrive to reach your desired temperature through blocked air filters.

2. Close the Blinds

This is particularly important during the summer months.

If your home is flooded with direct sunlight when it’s hot outside, the hotter it’ll be inside your home, and the longer it’ll take the AC to cool everything down.

3. Perform a Home Energy Audit

This is the kind of thing that sounds like a burden, but it’s easier than you would think: A professional auditor will check around your entire home for leaks or issues with your insulation.

He or she will also take into account how many people live in your home, how many hours a day your home is vacant, and other factors to determine the best way to use energy.

You can also make a list of issues you’ve noticed for them to address during their assessment.

4. Make Sure Your AC Is the Right Size for Your Home

An air conditioner works by absorbing the warm air and moisture from your home. Once it cools it, it emits it from your vents.

However, depending on the size of your home, you’ll need a unit with the capability to do this with every room in your house.

This is measured in BTUs, which is an acronym that stands for British Thermal Unit. For each ton of heat that has to be removed from a home, an AC unit needs to have 12,000 BTUs. The bigger your home the higher BTUs you’ll need to cool it down.

In order to know how many BTUs you need, take into account the following factors:

  • Your home’s square footage
  • Ceiling height
  • Construction materials
  • Insulation in your home
  • How much sunlight comes in through doors and windows
  • How many people live in your home

You can check your air conditioner’s BTU capacity on the label on the condenser unit (the big box outside your home). It displays the model number (M/N) at the top of the label: a string of characters separated by hyphens. The BTU capacity is the three digit number after the first dash.

If you don’t have an air conditioner with the right BTU for your household, your home will never be cool enough.

Contact Climate Design for AC Service in Clearwater, FL

If you think your AC is not running efficiently, contact one of our HVAC professionals and we’ll be happy to help.

We provide services all over Tampa Bay: Clearwater, Largo, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, St. Pete Beach, Eastlake, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, New Port Richey.

Call (888) 572-7245 to schedule your appointment