FAQs Regarding Residential Evaporative Coolers

November 15, 2015 7:22 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When looking for a low-cost method for cooling your home, consider swamp coolers in Phoenix, AZ among your options. Homeowners often overlook this choice due to a lack of familiarity. However, there will always be a need for indoor comfort on hot Arizona days, even when energy costs rise. That makes it worth it to review alternatives to standard air conditioning. Here are some answers to the most common questions we receive about evaporative coolers from our residential customers.

What is an evaporative cooler?

The evaporative cooler works by using water evaporation to cool the air. It operates on the principle that air blowing over water is cooler than stagnant air. Using this technique, the evaporative cooler uses water instead of refrigerants to keep indoor spaces comfortable.

Most units resemble a window air conditioner. Other models are portable and look more like space heaters. The technology is fairly simple, so those of the do-it-yourself persuasion can buy kits to build an evaporative cooler themselves. Like air conditioning, evaporative coolers are also offered in centralized systems.

Without refrigerants, how does it work?

The most frequently used model occupies a window like an air conditioning unit. As it takes in air, it will blow it over a series of damp pads. When the air hits these pads, it cools and disperses through your home. Pumps within the cooler keep the pads wet so this function continues.

If you prefer a central system as opposed to a single window unit, evaporative coolers can be hooked up to a duct system. The only difference between it and standard air conditioning is that evaporative coolers require larger ducts in order to have enough airflow.

Evaporative coolers rely on airflow, so the constant traffic of people leaving your home or pets needing to go outside will not disrupt them. Letting hot air into your home will help the unit more than sabotage it, as it gives the unit access to more air for cooling.

What are the advantages of an evaporative cooler?

Evaporative coolers work best in dry climates, like here in Arizona. The process of using water to cool air does not work well in environments where the air already carries excessive moisture. That gives dry climates an option for indoor cooling that is not available in other regions.

Overall cost is a big advantage with evaporative air coolers. While installing central air conditioning frequently costs thousands of dollars, the evaporative cooler will often range from $700 to $1,000 to install. The savings continue with use, as they only use one third of the energy of air conditioning systems.

Evaporate coolers also add humidity to the air, which can increase comfort. If a member of your household suffers allergies or skin irritation, using an evaporative cooler system can control those symptoms.

At Premier Industries Inc, we offer a variety of residential evaporative coolers in Phoenix, AZ. If you are looking for a way to save on cooling costs next summer, give us a call so we can see if this system is appropriate for your home.

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This post was written by Mike Nicolini

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