Have you ever looked at the thermostat for your house and seen the lowest setting—which is usually 60°F—and wondered if the air conditioning system could make the house even cooler than that? True, you wouldn’t want it to be colder than 60°F, which is already too cold for most people, but what are the actual limits of an AC?
This isn’t a frivolous question. Even if you don’t want to turn your home into an icebox during the summer, understanding the boundaries of what your air conditioner can do will help you know how best to set the thermostat and how to avoid pushing your AC harder than its limits. We’re going to examine those limits below.