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HVAC Mistakes to Avoid This Summer

Houston is no stranger to heat, especially in the summer. We’ve compiled a few tips, tricks, and mistakes that should definitely be avoided to ensure you remain cool and comfortable in your home all summer long!

Windows

Ventilation

Natural ventilation is a great way to lower your homes indoor temperature while also improving your indoor air quality. As the temperatures rise, we become more hesitant to open up our windows to allow fresh air in, for fear that we’ll be letting the heat in with it. But as long as you open your windows in the early mornings or late evenings, you shouldn’t have an issue.

Opening your windows up every once in a while will allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home and prevent it from getting too musty.

Covers

Keeping your windows covered, whether it’s from the inside of your home with blackout curtains or the outside with awnings, is a great way to prevent your home's temperature from rising.

Nearly 40 percent of your home’s heat gain and loss is a direct result of your windows. Adding covers to them should minimize their effect on your home’s temperature!

Cooking

Don’t cook all of your meals in the oven or on your stove top. This method of cooking generates a lot of unnecessary heat that gets trapped inside of your home and circulated throughout, which ends up raising your home’s temperature.

This summer, try making more cold meals or cooking outside. This is a great way to try out some new recipes and gather with your friends and family for an outdoor feast!

Some ideas for summer meals include:

  • Sandwich bar. Set up a table with different types of bread, deli meats, cheeses, and condiments so everyone can create their own sandwich.

  • Gespacho. Summer is the perfect time for a good, flavorful, cold soup!

  • Pasta salad. Yum! Pasta salads are a great way to sneak a lot of flavor and vegetables into your meal.

Maintenance

Regular maintenance on your air conditioning unit is crucial for its functionality and efficiency. This is especially true before seasonal changes like spring to summer, and summer to fall. A lot of homeowners make the mistake of not having maintenance done until their unit is already showing signs of wear and tear or until it’s broken down completely.

Keep in mind that preventative maintenance is a great way to avoid having to pay for extravagant repairs or full replacements. Technicians will be able to spot troublesome signs that your unit is failing and then provide you with solutions so that you don't have to deal with a broken AC unit in the middle of summer.

In short, AC maintenance will allow you to benefit from:

  • Better energy efficiency

  • Fewer repairs

  • Longer lifespan for your system

  • Improved indoor air quality

At Spring Branch AC, we perform comprehensive inspections to help prevent, find, and fix problems. Our inspection process includes cleaning the condenser coils, checking for wear and tear on moving parts, and making minor adjustments and repairs so that your unit is ready for the summer heat all season long.

We also offer affordable maintenance programs to fit your system’s needs and your budget. For all of your questions regarding AC installation, maintenance, and repairs call the experts at Spring Branch AC. We would be more than happy to help prepare your home for summer!