The sweltering heat is nice while you’re at the pool or the beach, but what do you do when the temps start to creep inside? If you’re like most people, you probably turn on your air conditioner and reach for an ice-cold beverage.
Below, we’ll look at evaporative coolers, one of the most common forms of air conditioners used by households during the hot summer months, and how they vary from other A/C systems. Let’s go down and examine how each cooling system works, the conditions in which they perform best, and the benefits of choosing one over the other.
If you live in a hot and dry climate, putting an evaporative cooler in your house is a great alternative to an air conditioner. These units are an energy-efficient approach to chill your house while infusing moisture into the air. Most are simple to install and run silently enough that you won’t even know they’re on.
Evaporative coolers consume extremely little energy, making them an ecologically beneficial solution for many houses. Installing one is an excellent method to keep inside air fresh and cool, especially while the windows are open. However, if they are not cleaned and maintained correctly, a marshy or swamp-like stench might emerge. Changing the pads at least twice a season helps to avoid this problem.
How Does An Evaporative Cooler Work?
An evaporative cooler works by lowering the temperature of the surrounding air through the use of evaporated water. The equipment features a fan, a water tank, and an internal motor that circulates dry air through a wet, internal filter pad. It is swiftly chilled and circulated the space. Opening neighboring windows helps replenish the air every few minutes and keeps the breeze fresh.
Because evaporative coolers require dry, hot air to perform properly, they are best suited for warm and arid locations
Swamp Cooler Vs. Air Conditioner
Swamp coolers vary from air conditioners in several ways. Swamp coolers draw fresh air from adjacent open windows instead of re-circulating stale air. They often require less upkeep and are less expensive to install.
The costs of running an air conditioner are higher than those of running a swamp cooler, yet air conditioners function effectively at any temperature. Swamp coolers require a hot and dry atmosphere to operate properly, and unlike air conditioners, the performance quality is not impaired by open windows and doors.
Both swamp coolers and air conditioners are available as a huge, central system or as a window unit, but it’s crucial to realize that swamp coolers add moisture while air conditioners remove it. As a result, using both in the same residence is inappropriate. Both cooling methods have several advantages and disadvantages, so evaluate your scenario and select the one that best meets your demands.
Evaporative Cooler Types
There are several types of evaporative/swamp coolers available:
Small Swamp Coolers
• It is portable by design.
• Indoor and outdoor solutions are available, including window evaporative coolers.
• A smaller water tank
Large Swamp Coolers
• Designed for large-scale cooling solutions
• Whole-house swamp coolers are often installed outside the dwelling (e.g. roof evaporative coolers)
• Professional installation is advised.
Portable Evaporative Coolers
• Intended to keep the surrounding environment cool.
• Smaller than the normal window and interior units