Houston is considered #10 on the most humid cities in America list, with an average humidity level of 75%. It ranks #8 in the top 10 most uncomfortable cities for combinations of summer heat and humidity. The average September temperature is 89 degrees for the high and 69 degrees for the low. Average September rainfall is 4.33 inches.
Sugarland averages 5.10 inches of rain in September. Average temperatures for September are 91 for the high and 71 for the low.
Energy use goes up significantly during the summer months in the Houston area due to high heat and humidity, which puts a great deal of pressure on electric companies to have enough energy to keep the largest city in Texas cool.
In Houston hot days outnumber the cool ones so it is important to call a professional once a year to give your a/c system a check-up. Here are some of the things you can expect when you decide to get it done.
1: The technician will measure your systems airflow to determine what adjustments can be made to keep your system performing at maximum capacity.
2: They will take a good look at your outside condenser unit, clean it and remove debris to ensure it is all working properly.
3: They will clean they cooling coils on the inside unit, even with timely filter changes, dust and dirt can build up on the coils and reduce efficiency, a good cleaning will keep the entire system running smoother longer.
4: The tech will also check or even replace your filter and give you guidelines on how often you should be replacing it.
5: They will also use special tools to measure the inside and outside conditions of your home to make sure your thermostat is working correctly. This will also help them determine if any refrigerant needs to be added to your system.
All of these things can make a big difference in how well your air conditioning unit will perform each year and will help to prolong the life of your system. Keeping this habit up yearly will also save you money on energy costs each year. Give the pros a call and get your check-up scheduled.
There is plenty you can do to keep your a/c unit clean and working properly longer including keeping an eye on the parts of your unit that are outside of your home. The compressor/condenser unit is usually located outside in your back or side yard area. In most cases it should be about 2 feet away from your home’s foundation. A great way to keep this part of your a/c unit healthy is to keep it free from obstructions.
Many people do not realize how easy it is for these units to be compromised by weeds, grass and debris. Make sure that you check it out at least every two weeks to see if there are any obstructions to do away with. For the best performance try to keep a 2 foot radius of clear space around the compressor, and also trim back trees or bushes that overhang.
Another thing to pay attention to is the duct system that is in your attic and crawl space, this is where a lot of heat can build up throughout the day. Try to get a good look at the areas you can at least 2 times each year to see if there is any tearing in the insulation or seals. Ensuring that these ducts are insulated well will keep the air traveling through them much cooler. Also, looking for any leaks in these ducts can help you save money and not waste cool air in spaces where it is not needed.
Many of us are animal lovers and we love the feeling of unconditional love we come home to everyday from our pets. We want them to stay cool during these hot summer months as much as we do, but having indoor pets brings about some issues to be aware of when thinking about your a/c system. Build up of pet hair and dirt can greatly effect the life of your air conditioning filter. A clean a/c filter helps tremendously in keeping your system clean so it can run properly.
- Keep pet hair and dirt to a minimum as much as possible, especially where the air intake for your unit is in your home. This will help prolong your filter life.
- Change your filter more often than recommended because indoor pets will reduce the life of your filter even with your cleaning efforts.
- Keep in mind also that there are filters on the market that are designed to help reduce pet dander and allergens as well. This may be helpful in increasing the overall air quality in your home.
While it can be a little more work to maintain your a/c unit and filters with indoor pets it is certainly worth the effort because it will keep your unit running smoother and keep the air quality better throughout these hot summer months.
With Houston temperatures hitting the triple digits this summer your air conditioner is working harder than ever to keep you and your home cool.
Give it a hand by doing some simple things to keep it running smooth.
- Change your filter often. With your unit working overtime it may be necessary to change the filter more often during summer months. Keep in mind that indoor pets can shorten the life of your filters as well. Clean filters will help keep a/c coils working properly.
- Check your thermostat. Making sure it is registering the proper temperature will keep you aware of any signs that something may be wrong with your system.
- When away, adjust the temperature. Increasing the temperature while away from home by just 2 degrees can allow your system to get a little rest while still keeping your home cool. Not to mention save you a little money.
- Get a check-up. Yearly check-ups from the professionals can help maintain your system in the summer months and extend the life of your air conditioning/heating unit.