If you say “turn up the air conditioning” does that mean it’s cooler or warmer?

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Today’s 98.3 TRY social dilemma came from MaryAnn and it’s all about air conditioning. Here is his email:

Hi Jaime. My husband and I have had this argument since the dawn of time. Well, maybe not that long, but for as long as we’ve had our current home, which is about nine years. Here is the dilemma. If you say to your spouse, “Turn on the air conditioning, do you think that means it’s colder or warmer? When I say that to my husband, I mean, make him cooler. Turn up the AC…give me more AC! It seems simple to me. But he says that when you say increase the AC current, it actually means to make it hotter. The higher you turn up the air conditioning, the higher the temperature, which makes it warmer in the house. So finally we thought we would come to you. What does it mean if you say increase AC? Help us once and for all. Thanks a lot!


It’s so interesting to me. I never really thought about it but technically I guess MaryAnn’s husband is right BUT and that’s a big BUT if I said turn up the air conditioning I would also say make it cooler here. Granted, that’s probably grammatically incorrect, but I think people would understand that to mean I’d like it cooler. But now I rethink everything. LOL.

So what do you think? Let’s help MaryAnn and her husband get through this. Let me know on TRY’s Facebook page.