Have you considered using evaporative cooling for your commercial space? Premier Industries, Inc.’s line of coolers are built to last like our industrial coolers, but without the C-channel frame and vibration isolation system. The commercial swamp cooler is a lighter and more economical solution to your commercial cooling needs.
As a proud local business since 1983, we know that business owners are always looking for ways to cut costs and become more efficient, and the commercial system is one tool that can help you do just that. Our commercial systems come equipped with the following features:
- Stainless steel construction
- High efficiency 12” rigid cooling media
- Models up to 16,000 CFM (actual air delivered)
- Available with selected accessories
- 18- to 25-inch forward curve blowers
- 1.5 to 15 HP motors (depending on CFM rating and static pressure)
- Available in side discharge configuration only
- 10-year rust-through warranty (a Premier Industries, Inc. exclusive)
The fan section includes the following characteristics:
- Housing: Stainless steel grade 304, 18g, wet and dry sections. Special hat sections formed into cabinet bottom to assure maximum blower/motor support.
- Access panel: Full height removable panel to provide access to fan housing and discharge side of wet section. Removable top on wet section for access and pad replacement.
- Blower: Industrial grade blowers, FC, DWDI in horizontal (rear) discharge mode.
- Motor: Heavy duty, industrial grade, open face, drip proof sized to meet requirements.
Meanwhile, the wet section includes quality cooling media and water distribution systems. The electrical controls consist of a fused disconnect with manual off/on switch, a magnetic starter with thermal overload strips and a pump contactor. Remote controls (thermostat or manual switching) are available. All controls are optional.
Commercial Evaporative Coolers
Evaporative coolers have become an extremely popular alternative to using air conditioning units which are refrigerant-based, especially in those areas of the country where the climate is hot and dry throughout much of the year. Evaporating systems work on a different principle than do refrigerant-based units, since they start with the evaporation of some kind of liquid into the surrounding area, after which it turns into a gas and absorbs heat.
This is what imparts a cooling effect on the surrounding air. This process is controlled by the mechanisms inside a unit so that they can impart cooling to the desired area. Some residential properties make use of direct evaporative units, in which a pump will circulate water from a tank or reservoir, in order to completely saturate some kind of coolant pad.
Then a fan will pull air from the outside through this wet cooler pad, thereby triggering the evaporation process. Once this begins to occur, it’s possible to circulate cool, humid air throughout the home. There are three main types of evaporator units, those being downdraft, side draft, and portable systems.
Portable coolers are intended to cool off a relatively small space, and as you might expect, they require no ductwork or professional installation. Some of them are even mounted on wheels so they can be moved from room to room throughout the household. Side draft units are set up so that ventilation blows directly into the home from the side of the unit, and it will either be installed in a window or a wall. This kind of unit doesn’t really need any ductwork, but it might well call for a professional installation.
At most, they will only effectively keep one room cool, although it can be a much larger room than a portable system could handle. Downdraft systems are installed on the roof of a home, and these can provide sufficient cooling for an entire residence because they make use of a duct network. They are the most expensive kind of units to install, and they are sometimes even a bit difficult to maintain, but they are very effective in cooling off the household.
Evaporative Cooler Installation
Most commercial and residential units use direct evaporation, and the majority of them look like a plastic box or enclosed metal box which has vents in its sides. These kinds of units can be mounted on the roof, the walls, or the windows of buildings, as long as they are equipped with some kind of vent that allows the passage of ventilation between inside and outside.
The types of these units that are most frequently installed are cooling towers, misting systems, and misting fans. Towers operate on the evaporative cooling principle, except they are optimized for having the water cooled off, instead of the air. You will most often find these towers mounted on industrial sites or other large buildings, and these will transfer heat outside the building after supplying the cooled air to the interior.
Misting systems operate by using a high-pressure pump to force water through tubing and a stainless steel nozzle which has a small opening, so as to produce a fine mist of spray. The water droplets are actually so small, that they immediately evaporate, thereby lowering the surrounding temperature by up to 35°F in only a few seconds.
This kind of misting configuration is often used to keep pets and livestock cool, as well as to exert some kind of temperature control in greenhouses, veterinary clinics, or to cool off produce. Misting fans are very much like humidifiers in that a fan will emit a fine mist of water into the surrounding environment, after which it will evaporate and absorb heat from the air. This will allow the misting fan to work as an air system, and it will have a similar effect both outside and inside, so its operation is fairly universal in application.
Evaporative Cooler Repair
The main thing to keep in mind when using a commercial evaporative air cooler is that they require fairly regular maintenance and occasional repairs. One of the reasons for this is that the cooler pads have to be cleaned off frequently or replaced regularly so that they don’t degrade indoor air quality, or give off odors from the material that becomes trapped in the pads.
This is especially important when a unit has been running more or less constantly for a long period of time. It’s very easy for sediments, minerals, and other debris to build up inside the cooler, and all these will have to be cleaned out or drained away at least once every season, and more commonly once a month, in order to keep the unit operating at its peak.
When you have a cooler that’s mounted on the roof of your building, this can be more than a little inconvenient, and if you’re not particularly inclined to climb roofs, you’ll probably need to engage the services of a professional. It’s also very possible that when these sediments and other materials are allowed to build up, they can trigger a system breakdown, and in that case, more serious repair work will have to be initiated. That will almost certainly call for the skills and knowledge of a professional coolant unit expert, who can quickly diagnose the issue and make any needed repairs or replacements.
Choosing Evaporative Coolers for Your Space
In a great many cases, evaporator units and commercial swamp coolers are much less expensive to install and operate than a full-blown refrigerant-based system would be. There are other advantages to having this kind of system installed as well, including the fact that you can cool off one or more rooms, or an entire building. If you’d like to learn more about the advantages of evaporative cooling systems, or if you’d like a free quote, please contact us at Premier Industries, Inc. and we will be glad to answer any of your questions. We can also discuss what kind of system would work best at your installation.