Whatever cooling system is in your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home or business, there are many things you can do to make it operate more efficiently. This is especially important if you are using a swamp cooler. Climate Control Company has explained many times the advantages of using an evaporative cooler, most importantly saving money.
AIR CONDITIONER VS EVAPORATIVE COOLING
The efficiency does come with a tradeoff. An air conditioner can overpower the heat. It can cool just about any house or room no matter how hot it gets. That’s not the case with a swamp cooler because of the way it works. To make sure the cooler can do its job you need to do everything possible to limit heat buildup. Which brings us to the question that is the title of this article.
DOES CLOSING THE CURTAINS KEEP THE HOUSE COOLER?
The answer to that question is absolutely yes. When the sun shines on objects in the home, floors, furniture, etc., they are quickly warm to the touch. That heat radiates (just like radiant heating in the winter) throughout the house. That’s why keeping the curtains closed is so important, but it’s just one of many things you can do to help keep things cool:
- Shade trees make a huge difference. In our opinion, it’s never too late to plant trees, especially if you plan on staying in your home for more than a couple of years.
- Button up during the heat of the day. Luckily, our mountain climate almost always means cool evenings and nights. As soon as the outside temperature drops, open the windows to catch the cooling breezes.
- Install ceiling fans and use them. No, they don’t cool the air, but the air movement will make you feel cooler and that’s just as effective.
- Consider upgrading your home’s insulation. This is generally a very cost-efficient way to make it so your swamp cooler doesn’t need to work as hard.
TIME TO SCHEDULE SHUTDOWN
We are likely going to still have some warm autumn days, but it is time to schedule your swamp cooler shutdown with Climate Control Company before the cold weather arrives. Having a professional do the job will protect your cooler against the snow and ice of winter. It’s also a safety issue since most evaporative coolers in Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Vail, CO are located on the roof. For more great information like this be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.