Admit it: The air conditioner is one of your favorite things about your home. Chances are that it’s also one of the preferred features for everyone in your family. Even if you don’t actively think about it, when push comes to shove, you realize that, hey, it’s true!
How Long Should It Take for the AC to Cool My House?
Generally speaking, it should take one hour per degree to reach the temperature set on your thermostat. For an average three-bedroom home, it typically takes about three hours.
That being said, there are other factors that may influence this timeframe.
3 Most Common AC Factors That Affect How Long it Takes to Cool Your Home
The three most common factors that influence how long it takes for your AC to cool your home include:
1. How Often You Change the Air Filters
The frequency in which you should change the air filters depends on many factors: Do you have any pets? Are there any smokers in your home,? Do you burn scented candles? How many people live in the home? If any or all of these considerations apply to your situation, even when using the highest-quality air filters, you should change them at least once a month. This will ensure that (a) the air conditioner cools your home as quickly and efficiently as possible, (b) you have good air quality inside your home, and (c) your energy costs stay down.
2. Whether Your Home is Adequately Insulated
Insulation plays a crucial role in keeping your home at a comfortable temperature as well as keeping your energy costs down. The average lifespan of home insulation is about 80 years. If you live in an older home or are not sure when insulation was installed, conduct a home energy audit to evaluate its efficiency.
The amount of sunlight that comes into your home. If you have large windows, your home will heat up faster on warm days. You can speed the cooling process by installing black-out curtains or heavy drapes and keeping them drawn in rooms that are not in use.
3. The Size of Your Home
The larger the home, the longer it’ll take to cool down.
If you’ve noticed that your air conditioner is taking longer than usual to cool your home (or if it’s not cooling your home at all), you may be dealing with a faulty air conditioner. This could be due to a blocked condensate line, an AC that’s not the right size for your home, or a refrigerant leak.
The best way to ensure that none of the circumstances mentioned above shorten the lifespan of your air conditioner is to schedule regular HVAC maintenance.
Call Blair’s Air Conditioning for AC Repair in Pinellas County and South Tampa
If you have any issues with your AC, let us know. Our experienced HVAC professionals will get it back up and running in no time. We offer 24/7 emergency AC repair services, and we’re open 365 days a year.
If everything is working properly, we can do a maintenance check to ensure that your home is ready for the summer.
Call (727) 800-4148 to schedule service.