1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

October 10, 2008

:284 Whole House Fan Seal

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:284 EcoTip: With fall weather beginning it is time to seal up infiltration openings from whole house fans and evaporative coolers. These openings generally have a louvered opening that is kept closed when they are not operating, but that is not enough to keep large amount of unwanted cold air from entering the home in fall and winter. Sealing covers are available that can be installed and removed quickly.

Source: http://www.batticdoor.com/atticlouvercover.html

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In addition to helping to conserve energy, sealing the opening where the whole house attic fan opens into the home can help reduce the amount of moisture that flows from your home into the attic. When that moisture hits the cold under surface of the roof it can condense leading to mold growth and deterioration.

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October 9, 2008

:283 Swamp Coolers

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:283 EcoTip: Now that we are in fall its time to begin preparing for the winter season. If your home is cooled by an evaporative cooler – it is time to drain, clean and dry the unit so that it doesn’t end up becoming an unhealthy swamp (hence the name swamp cooler). After the unit is cleaned it should be protected from the weather until you are ready to use it again.

Source: EPA EnergyStar

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 Additional Information:

Evaporative Coolers

Evaporative coolers are commonly used in dry climates for cooling air. They provide inexpensive cooling by pulling outside air through damp pads. Evaporative coolers are much less expensive to operate than air conditioners, but they require regular maintenance. It is important the incoming water valve is set too high, the sump will continuously overflow and water will be wasted down the drain. A properly functioning evaporative cooler has pads that are wet, but not soaking, and little or no water should be dripping off the bottom of the pads. The pads themselves should be in good shape —not torn or overly caked with mineral deposits, and the fan motor, blades and belt should be in good condition or the cool air will never make it into the home. In addition to cleaning the unit to prepare it for the season when it won’t be used, it is important to turn off the water and drain the lines to the evaporative cooler so the lines won’t freeze and rupture.

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