During the summer months in Houston, Texas, several factors can impact your HVAC efficiency. You may notice an increase in monthly bills or a drop in the comfort levels within your home. Be aware of these common HVAC efficiency concerns and how to combat them this summer.
Higher Humidity Levels
Houston is known for its high humidity levels throughout the changing seasons, with an annual average of 78% relative humidity. However, during the summer months, the moisture in the air can feel oppressive. Your central air conditioner should be able to manage indoor moisture levels, although a problem with the system can lower its ability to control humidity. By keeping up with regular maintenance on the system, you can make sure it is able to handle the increased moisture and maintain a comfortable atmosphere indoors.
Longer summer days result in more sunlight that streams through your windows and can raise the indoor temperatures. Using blackout shades and other window coverings during the day can make a big difference in the temperature of your home, especially during the hottest parts of the day. You may want to invest in tinted film on the windows that face the sun when it’s high in the sky, as this can help maintain improved HVAC efficiency as well.
Extra Pressure on HVAC
Higher temperatures and humidity levels put extra pressure on the cooling system, which can cause premature breakdowns or other concerning problems. Keeping up with maintenance is especially important to ensure that the system is operating efficiently. You can also take some steps to improve efficiency on your own, such as changing the air filter more often during the summer season and making sure the vents and registers are clear for improved airflow.
If your home’s air conditioning system is struggling to maintain a comfortable temperature or operate efficiently, our HVAC technicians at Davis Air Conditioning & Heating are here to help, so feel free to contact us at 888-710-5530.
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