Performance enhancement of adsorption cooling system has been required for commercial use. Therefore, revealing details of adsorption phenomena are important for optimizing adsorber/desorber heat exchanger which is the bottle-neck of the system. This study deals with the experimental investigation of ethanol vapor adsorption on activated carbon fiber (ACF) under equilibrium condition along with one-dimensional transient numerical simulation of heat and mass transfer in the adsorbent bed is also performed. In order to suggest optimizing method for performance improvement, the present study considered the relationships between cooling capacity and system performance inducing parameters, such as cooling water temperature, ACF height and apparent density in the simulation model. Simulation results agreed well with the experimental data and it is found that the cooling capacity can be enhanced by optimizing ACF bed thickness. Simulation results also shows that the temperatures of adsorber and evaporator do not have significant effects on the optimum adsorption cycle time.