Building America Case Study: Residential Mechanical Precooling, Roseville, California

Stacey Rothgeb, A. German, M. Hoeschele

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Precooling is an operational strategy with potentially no up-front cost that cools occupied spaces earlier in the day to minimize or avoid afternoon air conditioner operation. In its simplest form, precooling can be implemented by scheduling air conditioner operation to reduce thermostat setpoints between 2 degrees and 6 degrees F below typical comfort settings in advance of the on-peak time period.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Work performed by the Alliance for Residential Building Innovation (ARBI), Davis, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5500-63343

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102017-4572


  • ARBI
  • Building America
  • demand shifting
  • off-peak
  • peak demand
  • pre-cooling
  • residential
  • residential buildings
  • space cooling
  • thermal mass


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