Evaporative Cooler FAQs

February 1, 2018 6:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Phoenix is known for its blazing heat and dry air that makes it tough to stay cool and comfortable, especially during the hottest months of the year. While some homeowners and business owners install refrigerated air conditioning units and rack up high energy bills, others opt for a more natural and cost-effective method to cool their home.

Evaporative coolers utilize the science of evaporation and heat dispersal to cool areas of your building for far less money than an AC. If you’re interested in installing a traditional or mobile evaporative cooler in Phoenix, AZ, here are some frequently asked questions to help you get started.

What is an evaporative cooler?

An evaporative cooler is a cooling unit that is composed of three major parts: a water reservoir or pump, a fan and evaporative pads. The water reservoir soaks the pads while the fan pumps dry, hot air from outside through the unit and over the pads. The water evaporates into the air and disperses the heat, lowering the temperature in the area while warm air is pushed out the windows.

How much does an evaporative cooler cost?

The cost of an evaporative cooler will largely depend on the size of the unit you choose. However, units are typically one-half the cost of a refrigerated air conditioner and only use a quarter of the energy used by AC.

What size evaporative cooler do I need?

The size of your evaporative cooler will depend on how much space you are attempting to cool. The coolers are rated by the cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air they circulate in your home or building and can range anywhere between 3,000 and 25,000 cfm. If you are unsure of the size your property requires, speak to a heating and cooling professional.

What type of maintenance do evaporative coolers require?

Evaporative coolers require more frequent maintenance than AC units because of the water reservoir and pads. The unit should be drained and cleaned regularly to avoid sediment buildup. Evaporative pads should be changed at least twice during the cooling season, although you may need to swap them out once a month if you’re running it continuously.

Are evaporative coolers installed the same way as AC units?

AC units typically require and indoor and outdoor unit connected by ductwork. Evaporative coolers are installed differently, although the installation method will vary depending on the size and portability of your cooler.

Your cooler can either be installed in windows to help cool a central location of your home or building, or can be connected to your ductwork to cool the entire house. The ductwork-connected coolers are typically installed on the roof or mounted to the ground.

There are also mobile evaporative coolers that you can wheel around to different areas of your home or even use in spaces outside like garages and workspaces.

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We have 35 years of experience designing and building innovative and efficient evaporative cooling and air filtration systems. We offer a wide range of products and excellent customer service. Call today!

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This post was written by Mike Nicolini

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