Is an Evaporative or Swamp Cooler for You?

Posted on May 30, 2014

Everyone is familiar with holding up a wet finger to test the wind. Little did you know you’ve just used evaporative cooling, which is one of the oldest and simplest forms of air conditioning. Swamp coolers are modern evaporative coolers that utilize these principles to cool the air. Despite their name, swamp coolers are an option for home cooling when funds might be limited because they are affordable to install compared to a central cooling system.

Swamp coolers produce liquid molecules that are changed from a liquid state to gas. This process draws heat from the warm air and ultimately cools the temperature down as the water and air find an equal balance. This process is a cooling reaction that is housed inside of a very simple mechanism. The main component in a swamp cooler is a blower—a fan at one end that brings in air from the outside and pushes it through a set of damp pads where the evaporation takes place. A small pump keeps the pads moist so that it doesn’t evaporate all at once.

Swamp coolers work best in hot, dry climates like Palm Springs and the surrounding areas making them an alternative for homeowners living in Indio, too! Another plus for desert residents is that swamp coolers also add humidity, which is one of the differentiating factors between traditional air conditioners and swamp coolers. You can’t run a swamp cooler and a standard air conditioner in the same house because they would end up cancelling each other out. Swamp coolers require start up and shut down and the experts at General Air Conditioning have the ability to get it running in its best operating condition for the desert heat.

Luckily, the General has a skilled eye for whether a swamp cooler would be the best fit in your home. If you are considering a swamp cooler, or are looking at other ways to lower your energy costs, Call the General, The Best Little Air Conditioning Company in the Desert or simply fill out our online form for a convenient appointment. Depending on where you live, you could qualify for up to $300 in Edison utility rebates with a new swamp cooler.