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Is a Swamp Cooler the Right Cooling Solution for You?

Also commonly known as evaporative coolers, swamp coolers, when used correctly, are cost-effective and also energy-efficient – but they aren’t ideal for every home. Evaporative cooling is simple and cost-effective, but only for homes in certain locations. It’s necessary that you understand how these coolers work to determine if this is the right cooling solution for you. So, should you invest in a swamp cooler or stick with conventional air conditioning?

The first thing you need to keep in mind is that swamp coolers are great at cooling homes that are located in dry, arid areas. As you read on and become interested in learning more about these cooling systems, know that you can always contact your preferred Glenwood Springs air conditioning company for more information, recommendations, and installation.

Should Swamp Coolers Be Used In – Well, Swamps?

Contrary to what many people first think, it’s important to note that swamp coolers shouldn’t be used in humid, moist or swampy regions because they add humidity to the air as they cool a home or room, and if used in an already humid area the resulting level of humidity can not only be uncomfortable but can also promote mold and mildew growth indoors. Therefore, they function best in dry climates, such as those in the southwestern United States.

How Do Swamp Coolers Work?

These coolers work by using a small motor that powers a fan, passing warm outside air over pads that are saturated with water. The water in those pads evaporates into the air and flows into the home, forcing the warmer air out of windows that are cracked open just enough to permit the right amount of air flow. It’s important to make sure windows are open enough to prevent humidity build-up, but not so much that the cooler air flows right out of them!

How Effective is an Evaporative Cooler?

A properly-used cooler can cool a home by as much as forty degrees! Small, single-room units can cool a room by as much as 15 degrees. To regulate the temperature, users should remember to open windows on the side of the house (or room) that are furthest from the cooler. As far as comparing with traditional air conditioning systems in terms of cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency, swamp coolers cost less, are more energy efficient and are also more environmentally-friendly.

Types of Swamp Coolers

Evaporative coolers are available in a variety of capacities, designs and sizes. There are portable units that can easily be moved from one room to another, and there are also various window mount units that will save you some floor space and usually cover larger areas. Most swamp coolers require only moderate set-up to operate. In addition, many units today are available with features and accessories that include remote controls, fan-only and humidifier-only operation settings, LCD control panels, timers, and more.

If you own a swamp cooler or are considering installing one, contact your Aspen air conditioning experts to help guide your decision on type, size, installation options and more. Climate Control Company is available for all your cooling needs, and we proudly serve the areas of Vail, Aspen, Glenwood Springs and all surrounding areas. Contact us today!

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