How Houston’s Humidity “Makes It Rain”

How Your Wallet And Comfort Are Impacted By Humidity

Here in the Houston area, it is a bit silly to say that summer is almost here. Our temperatures are pretty high here most of the time, so we use our cooling systems on a regular basis. However, there is one threat that can make hotter temperatures even more unbearable than they already are – and that is humidity.

There is a tendency for humidity levels to increase as temperatures do, which adds extra water vapor – or moisture – to the air. This makes it a lot more difficult to get comfortable since we can’t simply sweat out the heat. And although humidity doesn’t actually raise the temperature, it definitely makes you feel warmer – and when that occurs inside your home, you need to have an effective solution to the problem. The best solution is to have a dehumidifier installed by a reputable Houston AC Repair Company.

Is Your Comfort Really Impacted That Much By Humidity?

Typically the relative humidity where most individuals feel comfortable inside of their homes is between 30% and 50%. Whenever humidity levels start to exceed that, your body will start to feel hotter, no matter what the thermostat says the temperature is.

Sweating is how we naturally cool off. As sweat starts to evaporate from off of your skin, you start to feel cooler. However, high moisture levels are introduced into the air by humidity and your sweat doesn’t evaporate as easily. So when it isn’t a dry heat you will feel a lot warmer.

Isn’t Humidity Controlled By The Air Conditioner?

Your home’s air conditioning system does help with controlling the humidity that is in the air. The evaporator coil is a component contained in the cooling system. That is where refrigerant absorbs and evaporates heat as it is moving through your outdoor and indoor units. As that happens, the coil cools off significantly, and the moisture from the air condenses onto the coil – which means there is less moisture contained in the air to block back into your house.

So when you use an air conditioner, in most cases humidity levels do go down, but it comes at a cost and has a minimal effect. As you know, it isn’t cheap to use your air conditioner and to dehumidify it needs to use up, even more, energy and run for a longer period of time. Whenever the air gets too humid, your cooling unit basically has to work harder. This results in your air conditioning system perform less efficiently and costing you more to operate it.

Why Dehumidifiers Are Worthwhile Investments

As shown above, your best solution for dehumidifying your home might not be to use your air conditioning system. However, a dehumidifier can be added to your HVAC system in order to decrease the moisture levels that are in the air so that you can stay comfortable. There are other benefits as well:

AC Man Houston | Savings On AC Repair in HoustonFinancial Savings: A whole-house dehumidifier does require an initial investment, just like there is for any type of indoor air quality system or product. However, when a dehumidifier is run, it allows you to adjust your air conditioner by a couple of degrees, or when the temperature is mild you can even shut if off, to help lower your energy bills and save money.

AC System Protection: Of course you will want to avoid having to replace your air conditioner as long as you can. When a dehumidifier is integrated into your HVAC system it helps to reduce the wear and tear that your air conditioner is subjected to, which helps to prolong its life.

Improved Indoor Air Quality: Reducing the moisture levels inside your house can help to reduce or prevent the development of mildew and mold, which are two of the main reasons why we recommend you get a whole-house dehumidifier instead of a portable, small system

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Answering Questions Concerning Your Air Conditioner

What Is The Cause Of Low Airflow In My Cooling System?

We probably don’t need to tell you that here in Houston the cooling season starts much earlier than it does in other areas of the country. We would actually be surprised if you were to tell us you were not using your air conditioner every day already. That makes now the ideal time for checking for any issues that your cooling system might have – any indications that your AC might be operating ineffectively or inefficiently.

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If you happen to notice that something is not right, then you should go ahead and shut your air conditioner down and call our experts to have professional AC repair in Houston performed on your unit.

Low Airflow: Common Problem with Cooling Systems

One of the most common air conditioning problems that we get calls for – particularly for systems that have not been maintained on a regular basis – is reduced airflow out of the vents. This can be a big problem since it reduces the efficiency and effectiveness of the cooling system – causing it to work harder to do its job than is necessary.

The costs of operating an air conditioner over the course of one year that has low airflow will increase, and the chances of it having a serious breakdown will increase right along with this problem. Noticing that there is low airflow coming from your vents is among the most straightforward and easiest ways for you to identify a problem before it has the chance to become a big emergency – give our professionals a call today if you notice this problem.

What Is The Cause of Low Airflow?

You will need to have a trained HVAC professional determine what exactly is causing your reduced airflow. However, here the following are some of the most common causes:

  • Frozen evaporator coil caused by a malfunction.
  • Faulty indoor blower motor.
  • Fan speed that is set too low.
  • Worn and/or loose fan belt.
  • Closed damper, obstruction or debris inside the ductwork.
  • Dirty coils (usually caused by not changing the air filter frequently enough).

AC Man Houston | Low Airflow HVAC Problems in HoustonThere are basically two main sources of low airflow: either something is reducing the power on what does the blowing or something is blocking air flow. If something is blocking the airflow, there may be ductwork damage, such as leaks or crimps. Or it might be a clogged air filter – which is easy enough to fix. If you happen to notice that only one or two of the vents are being impacted by the problem rather than your entire house, then most likely it is an issue with an air duct and not a problem with the actual system.

If there is something that is reducing the power to the component that does the blowing, then most likely the problem has to do with the fan. It could be the fan blade being bent or jarred or a problem with the fan motor or fan belt. Whatever the case may be, this can cause an insufficient amount of power to blow cool air throughout the air ducts, which cuts down on efficiency and increases the amount of strain on the rest of your overall cooling system. Your AC system will continue to be faced with an increased chance of breakdown until this issue is addressed.

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