Swamp Coolers are No Match for El Paso's Current Humid Conditions
El Paso’s summer monsoon season has been extremely active. While much of our area is benefiting from extra rain creating beautiful landscapes, living in a home without refrigerated air to prevent the humidity from entering living spaces is creating an unbearably hot, humid, and sticky mess. Why? Swamp coolers work by evaporating water to cool the air. With swamp coolers, too much humidity outside makes a home feel hot and wet inside.
"When humidity levels hit 35-50%, we know all swamp coolers are going to slow up their capacity for cooling, and when you hit that 50% they basically stop working altogether," says Eric Alvarez, president of Expert HVAC and Refrigeration.
The discomfort of humidity in a home with an evaporative or swamp cooler is unbearable. But not just that, humidity can damage the upholstery, woods, and other décor in a house and promote the growth of mold and mildew. Bad odors are enhanced and indoor air quality is at its worse.
Refrigerated air is the best solution for our current conditions, as it maintains indoor humidity levels, comfort and temperature control no matter how hot or humid it is outside.
Have You Heard? El Paso Electric is Rewarding You to be Smarter About Your Energy Usage!
El Paso Electric has launched an energy efficiency awards program for El Paso homeowners who feel a responsibility to reduce energy consumption and lighten the demands on the electric grid in our area…during peak usage months. Expert HVAC and Refrigeration supports this mission for our valuable community and resources and encourage you to join in, too!
It works like this:
Install a WiFi-enabled thermostat or eSmart thermostats (like NEST), join their program to effectively reduce energy usage during peak energy usage months, and you’ll be rewarded. The first 3,000 to sing up and participate will be rewarded.
El Paso Electric will remotely engage with you on energy usage via the smart thermostat. Initially, homeowners who are selected will get a $125 rebate check for the purchase of a qualifying thermostat and $25 each year for 3 years will be rewarded at the end of summer peak energy demand season (September 30). But, it’s not just those incentives that homeowners will enjoy, smart thermostats help you save significantly on utility costs. Smart thermostats are proven to save 5-15% on utility bills annually.
One Newly "Connected" West El Paso Home Enjoys More Control, Comfort & Optimum Safety!
Pictured is a recently-installed NEST outdoor camera, NEST Protect carbon monoxide and smoke detector, and NEST thermostat. All three are connected via NEST app and controlled by the homeowner on her smart phone.
NEST can be controlled and monitored via smart phone, tablet or computer. Best of all, you don't have to be home to look at any of your NEST devices, given their extraordinary "away from home" features.
If you are interested in learning more about NEST cameras, CO/smoke detectors and thermostat or wish to get a quote on a Connected Home yourself, give Expert HVAC and Refrigeration a call. We're El Paso's Pro NEST supplier and installer. Don't settle for anything less than an "Expert" installation!
“I’ve heard I should set my thermostat…and forget it. Is that true? Or, is there something more I can do to be more comfortable and save money on utility bills as it relates to the thermostat?”
If you set your thermostat at a specific temperature and never touch it, you could be wasting as much as $180/year on energy bills, according to our expert and Energystar.gov.
Energy Star says, “homeowners should change the thermostat temperature setting whenever they leave the home for 8 hours or longer.” After all, there’s no need to heat or cool an empty home to the same temperature as when you’re home, right?
Instead Expert HVAC and Refrigeration recommends you do this:
• When your home will be empty for 8 hours or longer, set your thermostat 5°-8° higher in the summer and 10°-15° lower in the winter.
• When you get home, set the thermostat back to your comfortable setting.
Doing so can save you 5-15% on your yearly energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Of course, remembering to change your thermostat every time you leave your home can be difficult. That’s where a programmable thermostat can help. Programmable thermostats can be set to your schedule so that it automatically makes these adjustments for you.
Expert HVAC and Refrigeration offers many thermostat options…one sure to meet your lifestyle and comfort needs. Call our expert today if you think it’s time for you to explore higher efficiency and lower energy bills from your HVAC system by simply changing out your old thermostat. 915-598-1732 http://www.experthvacandrefrigeration.com