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What Is a Swamp Cooler?

With the range of heating and cooling devices available on the market today, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up. Between central air conditioning, heat pumps, and a range of other AC units, if you’re looking to install new cooling equipment this summer, you will certainly have options. However, one type of effective cooling system that many homeowners do not know about is the swamp cooler. If you have ever wondered, “what is a swamp cooler?”, keep reading, and trust our experienced HVAC experts at AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric.

Swamp Coolers 101

Swamp coolers, also known as evaporate coolers, desert coolers, or wet air coolers, are devices that cool your air by evaporating water. Unlike other AC systems, which usually use refrigeration chemicals or a heat exchanger to cool your air, a swamp cooler simply relies on a fan and water to create a natural evaporation process. Water soaks into the device through a cooling pad. The device’s fan then draws warm, dry air across the damp pad. This causes the water to evaporate rapidly, creating a chill in the air. The fan then spreads this air around the room, cooling the space the device is in down. Think of it like when you get out of a pool—as the water evaporates off your skin, your whole body naturally feels cooler. This is what a swamp cooler does, but for a whole room.

Unlike traditional air conditioners, swamp coolers create humidity, rather than removing it (hence the name, i.e. a damp and muggy “swamp.” However, the advantage of a swamp cooler is that unlike with AC you can keep the windows open while you run it, thereby letting some of the humidity out while still enjoying effective cooling relief. It’s also worth mentioning that in naturally humid climates, swamp coolers are likely to be less effective. However, in areas where summers are more temperate, or that tend to experience a drier heat, rather than excessive humidity, swamp coolers are often an extremely effective alternative to traditional air conditioning.

Other advantages of installing a swamp cooler include:

  • They are easier to install and move around than portable AC units (no exhaust hose or vents)
  • They work well for outdoor climate control (pair one with a patio heater for year-round comfort)
  • They use less electricity than traditional AC and require no chemicals (making them extremely eco-friendly)

Call AAA for Swamp Cooler Installation & More

If you are looking for a more powerful cooling solution than just putting fans in your room, but also want an option that is less expensive and doesn’t require as much service as an AC unit, consider contacting AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric about a new swamp cooler today. Once you have your brand new, energy-efficient swamp cooler, we can offer seasonal start-up and shut-down maintenance, such as new cooler pad installation, water supply and float valve checks, as well as motor, fan belt, and bearing inspections. And with various coupons and financing options, you can always afford to get the equipment upgrade you need with AAA. Remember, for all your heating and AC services, AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric is the company to call.

Recently completed an addition to your house and looking for a cooling device? Contact us about a new swamp color today! We are available by phone at (303) 622-3449, or you can contact us online.