Does your air conditioner seem that is not working like it use to? Does your system seem to run constantly all day long? Here is the reason! Be sure you have done the following:
1. Do you keep your filters changed at least once a month?
2. Have you had your system professionally checked to ensure it is producing the maximum amount of cooling?
3. Be sure to covers all windows and shaded them from the sun.
4. Be sure the weather stripping around doors is in place.
5. Keep all windows and doors closed.
6. Consider adding more insulation in the attic and walls. Consider upgrading your windows to low E tint.
7. Use ceiling fans and area fans as much as possible.
8. Ensure that your attic has proper ventilation and insulation.
9. Minimize cooking and laundry during the heat of the day.
10. Consider upgrading your system if you have an old outdated system.
Air conditioners are designed to handle temperatures of 95 and below, obviously here in Houston it gets much warmer than 95. Systems are designed to be able to get your home 20 degrees less than the outdoor temperature so that means if it is 100 degrees outside you will only be able to get it to 80 degrees in your home in the heat of the day. Your system is doing all it can do. If you have covered all the items on the checklist you may get a little better cooling.
There is another solution which can be helpful in the heat of the day which would be between 1pm and 7 pm.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS CAN ONLY BE USED WHEN YOUR OUTSIDE TEMP IS ABOVE 95F OR YOU COULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR SYSTEM!
The ideal solution is to make the outside air cooler which is not possible. You can lower the temp of the pressurized refrigerant inside your condenser by adding a cooling mist of water over your condenser when the temp is above 95f. This can be done with a small sprinkler. By doing this you can gain as much as 10% more cooling in side your home. You will have to remember to turn off the sprinkler!! You may find this worth the trouble but please remember to turn off your sprinkler when temp is below 95f as it could result in damage to your system.
Disclaimer: Gossett assumes NO responsibility if you cause damage to your system.