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View Poll Results: Hard to keep house cool in this heat?
Yes, hard to keep cool 16 61.54%
No, not a problem 10 38.46%
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:30 AM
 
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Anyone having trouble keeping the temperature low during the day with all this heat?
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:45 AM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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mine is fine.

your ac may need cleaning. You may be low on freon. You may not be properly insulated.
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:04 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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mine is fine.

your ac may need cleaning. You may be low on freon. You may not be properly insulated.

In my case I think it's insulation plus 53 year-old windows.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:27 AM
 
Location: League City
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Yes. We are in an older complex, and the AC is on a lot more frequently.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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I could make my house cooler if I wanted to pay the electric company more, but I don't.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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For most, if not at least many, it's the weather, the prolonged heat. For anyone it's going to depend on - well - conditions. Trees, insulation, construction, AC maintenance, a multitude of factors.

I've used the clear plastic window cover; I've put up solar screens; I've gotten a dehumidifier; I've discovered that in some places that my AC is leaking air in the attic; I've sealed with foil tape.

At least in a couple of weeks it'll break. Just don't tell Al Gore...
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Abilene, Texas
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It's been more humid here than normal so yeah, I've had to lower the thermastat a little bit more to get the same feeling of being cool...lol.
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake, Houston TX
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I keep mine at 74 at night, 77 in the day, programmed on a curve. Usually in the summer it runs from Noon-8pm almost nonstop. When temperatures start nearing 100, even with it running all day it can't keep up and will get up to 78 sometimes. That's especially true if I'm working around the house going in & out. What's more noticeable is when it switches to 74 degrees at 8:30pm, how much longer it needs to run to cool it off to that point. The house absorbs the heat and is still radiating past 10pm. Nights have also been in the mid-80s for the most part so it will cycle on & off at night to keep 74.
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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An A/C system can only cool to a certain degree. When it's 105 actual temperature for half the afternoon, your A/C is going to struggle to keep up, even if it is in perfect working order.
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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An A/C system can only cool to a certain degree. When it's 105 actual temperature for half the afternoon, your A/C is going to struggle to keep up, even if it is in perfect working order.
Amen!
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