Swamp Cooler vs. Air Conditioner: What’s Right for You?

Swamp Cooler vs. Air Conditioner: What’s Right for You?

A swamp cooler might sound a little sci-fi, or like something that would only be useful in the Everglades, but it is actually a fairly rudimentary cooling system that might be just perfect for your Colorado home.

swamp coolerThe more mundane name for swamp coolers is evaporative cooler, and this helps describe how these systems work. At a very basic level, they blow air over a damp pad. The water from the pad cools the air, and the air is then blown into your home.

When is a Swamp Cooler Better than a Traditional AC?

Though a swamp cooler can be harder to maintain and provides less exact control over the temperature than traditional AC units, it also provides major benefits. Here are our top three reasons to install a swamp cooler:

  1. They are more environmentally friendly than traditional ACs. They use up to 75% less energy, and they don’t use any refrigerants (CFCs and HCFs) to cool.
  2. They actually add humidity to the home. This can be a disadvantage in some climates (despite the name, they would actually be terrible in the Everglades!), but in Colorado’s dry climate it is a big plus.
  3. Swamp coolers require minimal ductwork. This makes them a great option for houses that currently use hot water heat. (The big thing to keep in mind, though, is that they do require cutting a hole in the roof or side of the house. So installation isn’t exactly a breeze. Pun intended.)

Interested in learning more about this cooling option? Contact Dan at 720.876.7166 or dan@sensibleheat.net to discuss other pros and cons.

Also if you are worried about the upfront cost, we are offering our 18 months no interest financing deal on swamp coolers installed. (Keep in mind that once we hit those 90 degree days we can no longer install new swamp coolers – it is just too hot in the attic. So call us before the heat sets in!)

By | 2017-07-11T22:36:45+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Air Conditioning|0 Comments

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