If you are looking for an economical and eco-friendly alternative to central air conditioning, a swamp cooler could be great for you. Swamp coolers are basically appliances that use a simple evaporative mechanism to inject cool mist into the air, effectively cooling the space.
Consisting of a water pan/reservoir, cooling pad and fan, these units are able to suck in dry, hot air from a space and cool it without any use of toxic refrigerant or the need for an energy-heavy condenser. Unfortunately, many homeowners know little on how these appliances can be helpful to their home cooling efforts and how they can be used effectively to save money and increase comfort.
Effective use of swamp coolers in humid climates
Swamp coolers are typically designed for use in dry, hot climates, where their evaporative mechanism can work to inject more moisture into the indoor air and cause optimal cooling. The appliances tend to be less effective in humid areas, as they are unable to inject enough cool moisture into air due to saturation, or tend to cause a heating effect by making the air too humid. However, this does not mean that you cannot use a swamp cooler in humid environments.
The trick to achieving optimal cooling in humid environments is to use the cooler when humidity is at its lowest point during the day. This would work best if you use your central air conditioning during mornings and evenings when a swamp cooler would be ineffective due to high humidity, and save money by switching to the evaporative cooler during the afternoons when temperatures are at their highest.
Cleaning and refilling
Part of optimizing the functionality of an swamp cooler is to keep up on maintenance. This entails refilling the water reservoir whenever it gets low so as to ensure optimal humidity is injected into the air at all times. If you need to run your cooler at its highest speed throughout the day, you may need to fill it several times a day as opposed to when you run it periodically and at lower speeds. Keep an eye on the water pan to ensure that the unit does not run out of the vital cooling water.
It is also important to clean the water pan regularly, as stagnant water in the reservoir could become a breeding ground for mold, mildew and germs, which would then be released into the air during cooling. Be sure to clean the reservoir at least once a week, and change the cooling pad often to keep the unit hygienic and efficient.
For more information, contact Smedley & Associates, Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning or a similar company.Share