We have a winter storm advisory here in Denver for Sunday, just in time for Mother’s Day!
Last week we had temperatures in the 80’s. Seemed reasonable to plan a picnic at one of the many parks here in Denver. Looks like that plan just got changed. Of course all of that could change in less than an hour!
Welcome to Denver! That is why we advised not to plant anything in the ground until after Mother’s Day! I can tell you that summer is here and the temperatures will be in the high 90’s. Here are some things that you can to to prepare, and stay cool.
Before it gets too warm, it’s time to make sure you’re ready for hot weather. Check your home’s heat and air-conditioning system. First, change your filters in your heating/cooling system. Change them regularly as recommended by the manufacturer. Next change your thermostat over to “cool” and test the system by turning the temperature down. If the air conditioner does not turn on, first check to make sure no breakers are tripped. If you can’t figure out the problem, call your heating and air conditioning repair person. Calling early may keep you from making an “emergency” call when the temperatures are soaring and the repair people are too busy. If your cooling system turns on, make sure it is putting out adequate cooling. If it’s not, and you can’t figure out the problem, call your heating and air conditioning repair person. Make sure you set it at 78 degrees.
If your air conditioner needs replacement do it BEFORE the HOT WEATHER HITS because heating & air conditioning repair people will be very busy. And more than likely, some other things around your home need attention as well. Your air ducts may need testing for leaks and then sealed. Your attic insulation probably has compacted, so you may need to add more. Your windows and doors and other parts of the building envelope may need caulking and weather stripping. You may need solar window film to keep out the heat. Consider changing your old thermostat to a programmable one. You can save up to $100 a year by using a new set-back thermostat. If your thermostat is really old and uses a mercury switch (a glass tube filed with silvery substance) call your local public works department to find out how to dispose of this toxic material. Consider installing a whole-house fan that uses cool air in the evening to cool the entire house and push hot air out of the attic area. Check out more tips at: http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/tips/summerize.html
Here in Colorado there are swamp coolers and some of you have them. Here are some tips to get them ready for summer.
Evaporative Cooler Efficiency
- To have your evaporator cooler run efficiently, try to wait until the temperature reaches at least 85 degrees. This will save 50% on water usage.
- Turn on the water pump a five minutes before turning on the fan. This process will saturate the pads first, and make your cooler more efficient.
- Use ceiling fans to circulate air.
Swamp Cooler Maintenance
Before summer begins, removes the panels and clean out any debris in the water pan at the bottom. This will ensure that clean water is getting to the pads and not getting gummed up by leaves, dust, and debris.
Check the fan belt to see if it has adequate tension. It shouldn’t move much more than an inch, and in some cases an inch may be too much. If it is visibly sagging then it definitely needs replaced. Lubricate the blower assembly bearing and the motor if it has an oil receptacle with the appropriate oil. Make sure the cooler pads are in good shape. If they look worn or ratty, replace them new. Turn on the cooler motor and pump to test if the cooler pads are getting sated evenly. Check for any insults to the casement or tray’s integrity that could cause a leak. If cracks or holes exists, call an air conditioning repairman.
Summer Swamp Cooler Checkups
- Check the water to make ensure that it is at the proper level in the tray. The water line should be a little below the top of the tray, with the top of the overflow pipe sticking out of the water. Adjust the float arm if the water is not at the proper level.
- Check all other working parts, including the pump, motor and fan belt.
- Check the condition of the cooler pads. The cooler will run at its most efficient when the pads are clean. Read more: http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Swamp-Cooler-Maintenance.13265.html#ixzz31FLdHtkB
There is so much to do in Denver during the summer, it will be hard to choose what to do!