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  • 745sticky
  • The Legend

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    • March 26, 2020, 01:52:57 pm
    • Korea
AC
« on: June 21, 2022, 02:27:55 pm »
sort of random question (i think i might have asked about this before on here actually lol) but what do yall keep the ac at?

my school definitely doesnt hold back on it (pretty cold, most of the kids have light jackets on), but i'm a bit more frugal at home. frankly i havent turned mine on at all yet, but as it starts to get hotter i'm going to have to give in eventually and foot the bill. anyways, whats your ideal temp?


  • D.L.Orean
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    • February 25, 2020, 09:34:41 am
Re: AC
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2022, 02:33:35 pm »
24 for me
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Re: AC
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2022, 02:40:46 pm »
24 set to low. BUT it can strongly depend on the room, air flow, time of day, A/C condition, who is coming in (sweaty stinky kids after gym), etc.

I've worked in offices or taught in classrooms where anything from 18 (cavern with a bunch of people, windows and only one underpowered unit) to 25~26 (adjacent to hall pumping out icebox temps/badly maintained unit that would distractingly rattle at lower temps/shoebox small window office) was fine.

But ideally 24 and low. Usually that's all that is really necessary with patience and proper clothes but that assumes conditions that are occasional at best.


  • Rye
  • Super Waygook

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    • March 20, 2022, 03:43:11 pm
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Re: AC
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2022, 02:47:57 pm »
Study and waiting rooms at 24-26 with fans circulating air (one only has a fan). The house at around 22 with a blast on 18-20 at times.


  • Lazio
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    • January 27, 2018, 03:56:10 pm
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Re: AC
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2022, 03:03:04 pm »
At home 26 or 25 set on the A/C depending on the humidity.
I never understood why some like 18 degrees celsius. It would only make sense if they kept their house at a lower temperature than that in the winter.
Similarly, if someone sets their heating to 27 or whatever in the winter, what temp. do they set on their A/C in the summer? 30? That's how it would make sense.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2022, 03:05:11 pm by Lazio »
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  • Kayos
  • The Legend

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: AC
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2022, 03:18:31 pm »
17C, which is the coldest my AC goes. But it depends, currently it's at 23C, once it gets a bit hotter and more humid, I'll be turning it down more. typically for June it's around 20 - 24C, then July / Aug, always 17C, and I slowly turn it back up as it starts getting less hot and humid.
I like it cold. :p


  • 745sticky
  • The Legend

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    • March 26, 2020, 01:52:57 pm
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Re: AC
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2022, 03:20:27 pm »
I never understood why some like 18 degrees celsius. It would only make sense if they kept their house at a lower temperature than that in the winter.

i dont use heating in the winter at all, so maybe 18 is the temp for me! (or maybe not, ill probably stick with 24ish for a while and see how that goes)


  • Mr C
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    • October 17, 2012, 03:00:40 pm
    • Seoul
Re: AC
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2022, 03:23:27 pm »
My new home one has a "Turbo" setting at 16 with high fan.  That chiller 'er down pretty quick, then usually 23-24-25.

At school, if I'm teaching, I set it to 22.  At rest, 24, but I also have a small desk fan.


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  • Waygook Lord

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    • October 03, 2011, 01:50:58 pm
Re: AC
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2022, 03:40:41 pm »
pretty cold, most of the kids have light jackets on

So wasteful. Itís destroying the environment.


  • Bakeacake
  • Super Waygook

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    • July 12, 2010, 01:35:40 pm
    • Pohang South Korea
Re: AC
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2022, 04:05:17 pm »
i blast the classroom at 18. on turbo.   at home i have one of the big stand up units. I set it to 24 and put it on eco mode.   that was it turns on only when it gets up to 26,  cools it down to 23, then turns off the ac and only runs the fan til it gets back up to 26.  i hate the bill, but i hate the humid hot summer more.  generally ill run the dehumidifier for an hour before i get home.


  • Lazio
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    • January 27, 2018, 03:56:10 pm
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Re: AC
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2022, 04:34:46 pm »
i blast the classroom at 18. on turbo.   at home i have one of the big stand up units. I set it to 24 and put it on eco mode.   that was it turns on only when it gets up to 26,  cools it down to 23, then turns off the ac and only runs the fan til it gets back up to 26.  i hate the bill, but i hate the humid hot summer more.  generally ill run the dehumidifier for an hour before i get home.

You should get an inverter unit. A 15 pyeong standing unit running day and night, only increases our bill by 15.000 krw or so.
When we had a 6 pyeong non-inverter in a smaller apartment, we paid quite a bit more.
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  • VanIslander
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Re: AC
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2022, 07:40:35 pm »
F' 24. I sweat at that temp.

I grew up on Vancouver Island with the very hottest day of the year being 26 and 27.

I want the a/c at 18, I'll settle for 22 if students complain, shoot for 20 with no air flow power. Written on the board in summer: "It's so hot outside but it is nice and cool here. Ah!" (*hands wafting down the a/c*) Have all the students recite it at the beginning of class and pray no one objects in English (I ignore the "cho-ah" comments as my hagwon contract specifies no Korean in the classroom and their Korean teachers here at the hagwon remind them of this immersion English fact).


  • hangook77
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    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
Re: AC
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2022, 02:42:15 pm »
It depends on the air con unit.  Some run cold and some run warm.  Also depends on whether the room faces the sun or the shade and if the building is insulated, partially insulated, or not insulated at all.  Also depends on the country.  IE  South Africans seem to never use it.

Ideally low to mid 20's is good for afternoon or evening and maybe turned up to mid 20s overnight while sleeping if in the next room.  But around 20 for the first little while after turning on before moving to 23 or 24. 

Koreans do seem to be willing to use air con much more than in the past very very recently.  I guess one of the positive changes here. 
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  • Rye
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    • March 20, 2022, 03:43:11 pm
    • A side street near Cheongju
Re: AC
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2022, 03:02:59 pm »
Professional cleaning is a must with older air cons. We have 4 wall units, and get them done every 2-3 years. Makes a huge difference. About 7 years ago everyone was sweating at 18c, and wondering why the air flow was so pathetic in a couple. Nearly replaced them, until someone recommended some pro cleaners. So much better and efficient.


  • D.L.Orean
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    • February 25, 2020, 09:34:41 am
Re: AC
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2022, 03:05:08 pm »
Koreans do seem to be willing to use air con much more than in the past very very recently.  I guess one of the positive changes here.

I think the official policy was to move money from the foreign english teacher budget across to cover for heat in winter and ac in summer. You might see it as a positive, but I would prefer to see salaries go up.
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  • VanIslander
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Re: AC
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2022, 10:45:01 pm »
I have wondered...

EITHER:

1. Is "air con" actually often said in some native English-speaking countries? I have never heard it in 30 years in Canada nor in my travels across America, US network TV upbringing nor American films.

OR:

2. Is it a Konglish/ESL term adopted by some native English speakers, after time here?(certainly native English teachers sometimes go native, linguistically speaking).

Like the op and some posters, i have only heard "air conditioner" or "a/c" back home.

Is it a South African thing? A Scottish thing? Waaa?

(This thread's diverging comments and.my past puzzlement compelled the inquiry.)


Re: AC
« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2022, 10:51:10 pm »

1. Is "air con" actually often said in some native English-speaking countries? I have never heard it in 30 years in Canada nor in my travels across America, US network TV upbringing nor American films.


Maybe travel to the UK, Australia, South Africa or New Zealand if you want to hear people say air con. It's the only way to know for sure.


  • Rye
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    • March 20, 2022, 03:43:11 pm
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Re: AC
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2022, 11:10:38 pm »
I actually have no idea either. When I left NZ, I only knew one person with an air con. That was my brother-in-law, and he bought it back from Australia in the mid 1980s. He just called it an air conditioner when I asked him what it was. I learned the term air con from living in Korea.


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Re: AC
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2022, 11:27:52 pm »
I actually have no idea either. When I left NZ, I only knew one person with an air con. That was my brother-in-law, and he bought it back from Australia in the mid 1980s. He just called it an air conditioner when I asked him what it was. I learned the term air con from living in Korea.
You lucky bastard!

Vancouver & Vancouver Islander summers are likewise mild.

But then in middle school, and high school, we moved 4 hours to the interior of the province, Kamloops, and f'n' 41 C to 45 C summer days came... a 38 C summer high was surprisingly so not hot. "But it was a dry heat." Yeah, no sweat because it vaporized in the semi-arid B.C. central Interior, but the BURNING sensation was tough as heck. And my lips bled, fingertips cracked and heels of feet cracked, bled and caused emergency medical treatment.

An a/c was needed to LIVE through some heat waves. I recall the cool library was STACKED with readers as well as books in the middle of summer.


  • Rye
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    • March 20, 2022, 03:43:11 pm
    • A side street near Cheongju
Re: AC
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2022, 11:36:36 pm »
Yeah, same as where I came from...mid South Island. It got stinking hot, especially when the scorching northwesterly winds blew through, but it was dry...rarely any moisture in the air. Most people didn't even have fans, just windows open over the summer.