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Factors that affect your Home’s Cooling Load

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small_3107460664Homeowners often wonder what it is about their homes that influences how long it takes them to cool down or how much energy their air conditioners consume. In addition, some people make the mistake of assuming that their homes’ cooling load is completely out of their hands. The truth is that the cooling load of your home is affected by all kinds of factors, some of which are in your control and some of which are beyond it. Today we’re going to talk about the various factors that affect your home’s cooling load on a day-to-day basis and what you can do to ease the load on your air conditioner!

Factors out of your control that affect your home’s cooling load

  • Temperature and humidity outside. As much as we wish for the contrary, we cannot control the weather outside. The higher the heat and humidity on any given day, the greater the cooling load of your home will be.
  • Your home’s size. Unless you’re adding an addition to your home (which will increase your home’s cooling load), the size of your home is usually set in stone at the time you buy it. The larger your home, the bigger it’s cooling load will be.
  • The direction your home faces. One often-overlooked factor when it comes to the amount of time and energy it takes to cool your home is the direction your home faces. Homes that face to the south or west are more susceptible to heat infiltration from the sun because they spend more time in direct sunlight, which increases their cooling loads.

Factors you can control that affect your home’s cooling load

If you have any questions about factors that can affect your home’s cooling load, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Charles, MO, air conditioning company. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Dardenne Prairie, Des Peres and Frontenac.

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