Swamp Cooler in Hot Water?

Montrose, Colorado, is located in the high desert, a geographical location known for warm, dry air.  If you look around, the majority of the residential homes on the Western Slope have evaporative coolers.  Not only are they cost effective and more energy efficient than standard central air units, they actually add moisture to your home.  Essentially, an evaporative cooler changes liquid water into water vapor, adding both moisturizer and cooler temperatures.  Even in the dog days of summer, an evaporative cooler may require a maintenance call.

Take it from experience, you don’t want your swamp cooler “in hot water.”  At SAM’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we have the skills to keep your swamp cooler running efficiently during the hotter months.  Read below to learn some of the restorative methods that Team SAM’s uses, as well as some tips on keeping you cool this summer.

Midsummer Maintenance

Hopefully, when you took the dusty cover off of your swamp cooler in the spring, you had a thorough inspection completed.  Now that summer is in full swing, conducting a midsummer maintenance routine could improve the longevity of your cooler, and boost your efficiency.  While you may be tempted to climb on your roof to inspect your own evaporative cooler, you may be breaching your cooler’s, or home’s, warranty.  Instead, save yourself the trouble and let the professionals at SAM’s Heating & Air Conditioning take care of it.  Here are a few items that we’ll look for:

  • Water in the panIt’s important to check if your water is at the proper level.  The water level should fall just below the top of the pan.
  • Shallow water–If the water is below the proper level, the float arm may need to be adjusted.
  • Comprehensive check-up–We’ll execute a routine examination on the pump, motor, and fan belt.  Moreover, we’ll inspect, and change, your cooler pads too.

Smell Fresh

Generally speaking, evaporative coolers create moisture, and moisture can lead to mildew and/or mold build-up.  If an unwanted smell is coming from your cooler vent, give SAM’s Heating & Air Conditioning a call.  We’ll run your swamp cooler for at least an hour, mostly to ensure that all the components are running properly.  Next, we’ll drain the existing water, and give the unit a good cleaning.  This, in itself, should rid the cooler from unwanted smells flowing through the water vapor.  Then again, it’s becoming more common to add essential oils to the water.  Tea Tree and Lavender oils both have antibacterial properties, while lemon oil can bring a fresh scent.  It’s important to note, that we do not provide the oils; however, we are happy to assist you with your desired smell while working on your unit.

Cool Runnings

In between routine maintenance inspections, you can take these simple steps to have your evaporative cooler running more efficiently.  Here are three, easy steps that will improve your temperature:

  • Is it warm enough?–Wait until the outside temperature is at least 85 degrees before running your cooler, you’ll save 50% water usage.
  • Pump it up–Turn on your pump at least five minutes before switching on the cooler. This will help circulate the water and help the vapor cool down.
  • Release the heat–Inside your home, have fans circulating in every room and leave some windows cracked. Perhaps it wouldn’t be wise to crack all of the windows, just certain ones in warmer spaces.  This allows the hot air out and the cool air to circulate.

While none of these maintenance steps are too difficult for the adventurous DIYer (do it yourself), we urge you to let the professionals at our heating and air conditioning company handle your evaporative cooler needs.  As an HVAC licensed and NATE certified company, we’ll meet your expectations with honesty and integrity.

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Maintain Your Pets and Your HVAC System

If you have a pet it could be putting a strain on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system. If you have pets, maintenance for your system is especially crucial in order to have good air quality, all that pet dander, and fur can really affect your system. The air quality in your home affects all members, including your four-legged friends. We have come up with some essential tips you can follow to extend the life of your system and create a comfortable environment in your home.

1.Groom Your Pets

Groom them often! Prevention is key when it comes to your HVAC system. Regular grooming of your pet is not only good for you pet, it will reduce the amount of airborne hair and fur that ends up bogging down your system. Another helpful thing you can do is frequently bath your bet. This again is good for your pet, and can help eliminate allergies because it will help eliminate the microscopic pet dander, dust and pollen, which are all leading causes of allergies.

2.Keep Your Air Filters Maintained

Pet hair and dander can clog your filters and reduce the airflow in your system. HVAC air filters should be cleaned or replaced as part of normal HVAC maintenance, but even more so if you have pets. It is recommended to change your air filters every three months, but the frequency of changing air filters depends on the size of your system, the filter being used and how much you need to filter from your air. If your system has smaller filters and you have multiple pets, you may want to change your filters more often. On the other hand if your system uses bigger filters you may be able to go the generally recommended three months.

3.Consider Upgrading Your Filter

If you  have allergies and own pets, changing your HVAC filter may not be enough, you may need to upgrade to a HEPA ( High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter. These types of filters reduce allergens by 99 percent! They trap microscopic dander into the filter and prevent it from being re-released into the air. If you own pets and have allergies you can drastically improve the indoor air quality and extend the life of your HVAC system by using a HEPA filter.

4.Maintenance Your System Regularly

Regular HVAC maintenance is essential for your system, and you should consider the benefits of a maintenance plan with an HVAC expert to get the most out of your system, especially if you’re a pet owner. Most maintenance plans offer discounts on any repairs needed throughout the year and can even help save on energy bills. Many potential issues can be caught early, resulting in reduced repair bills and a healthier home.

With a little grooming and HVAC maintenance you can keep your pet-friendly home healthy and safe all year long, for all members of your family. If you need HVAC maintenance or are considering putting a preventative plan in place, we would be glad to help. Feel free to email us with any questions, or comment about any other tips you have for keeping your pet-friendly home healthy.

Signs Your HVAC System is on Its Last Leg

Do you hear weird noises when your heat/air conditioning kicks on? Have your energy bills been robbing your wallet? Don’t ignore these signs. Eventually your heating and air conditioning system will reach the end of its lifetime and will need to be replaced.  Many homeowners continue to make little fixes to their system a long the way, but it might be more beneficial to just upgrade your system. We are here to let you know some signs it’s time to upgrade your heating and air conditioning system.

1.Your System is Over a Decade Old

Typically the average span of an HVAC system is 10-15 years. If your system has reached this age or is coming close it might be a good idea to upgrade to a new system, rather than putting money into equipment that is going to need updated soon anyways. A benefit to upgrading is you you won’t have to worry about your system quitting during the cold winter months and being left without heat, or being left without AC during the hot summer months.

2.Noisy Equipment

Does your system make a lot of noise when running? This could be due to having the wrong size system installed. People may have thoughts of “a bigger system will cool/heat my home faster” or “the smaller system will save money” and these typically end up costing you more in the long run. If it’s over sized or undersized for the space it’s trying to cool/heat, your equipment will be working overtime, costing you more money than it should. We recommend getting a quote from a HVAC professional to make sure you’ve got the right size system in order for it to work the most efficiently. Having the right size system could lower your monthly costs dramatically.

3. Comfortable Temperature isn’t Maintain

Do you often find yourself too hot or very cold? An HVAC system that is getting old will often struggle to keep your home at a consistent temperature. This could be from various things such as; worn out motor, clogged filters, damaged thermostat, or cracked air ducts. Temperature inconsistencies usually mean your system is not powerful enough to supply air throughout your home for whatever reason. Maybe your duct work isn’t installed properly or like mentioned in sign 2 your system could be the wrong size. Temperature inconsistencies will result in higher energy bills, so make sure to look for those inconsistencies and get your system checked out if you notice them.

4. Frequent Repairs

Of course maintenance on your system is important and repairs will be needed from time to time, especially if your system is older, but if you have your HVAC company on speed dial you might consider upgrading your system. Instead of investing money for tons of repairs, and having an HVAC technician at your home all the time, you could invest that money into a new system. Your HVAC tech will still be there for any repairs needed to your new system over time, but wouldn’t it be nice to not worry about that for a while?

5. Poor Air Quality

Over time your HVAC system can lose its ability to filter out pollen, dust, mildew, and various other allergens. Pay close attention to the dust in your home as well as allergy symptoms in your family. This could be being caused by your air filters and duct work becoming faulty, which does happen as they age. Your system isn’t only responsible for heating and cooling your home, it also controls the quality of the air you and your family are breathing. If you notice more dust than usual in your home it may be due to your HVAC system needed upgraded.

Feel free to leave a comment or send an email with any questions. We would love to hear about any other signs you’ve experienced before having to replace your HVAC system, or about your experience after you’ve had your system replaced. Thanks for reading!

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(970) 249-6790

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