Swamp Cooler Maintenance: Don’t Jump the Gun!

As we move more firmly into spring, you might be thinking about swamp cooler maintenance (that is, if you have a swamp cooler. If you don’t have one, you should be thinking about making the switch!  If you don’t know what the heck a swamp cooler is, see below*).

But when it comes to swamp cooler maintenance for your Denver home, you actually have a little more time before it becomes a priority. Spring in Colorado can still bring freezing temperatures and snow, and we really want to see nights consistently above freezing before servicing and turning on swamp coolers because the lines can freeze and break if they get too cold.

So mark your calendar for swamp cooler maintenance in mid to late May. At that point, the filter will need to be washed out for better efficiency (you only need to replace the filter every couple of years), the pan will need to be cleaned, and the unit will need to be refilled and turned on. Since your unit is most likely on the roof, we recommend hiring a professional to perform swamp cooler maintenance.

If you have questions about tuning up your swamp cooler or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact owner Dan Schmied at [email protected] or via phone at 720.876.7166.

* A swamp cooler, unfamiliar to many people who didn’t grow up in Colorado, cools the air in your home by evaporative cooling. Here is how evaporative cooling works: Swamp coolers use a pump that transfers water from a reservoir to a cooling pad or filter. The warm air is then passed over the pad using a fan or blower. The air is then moisturized and cooled by using simple evaporation. Most of the time, a swamp cooler is installed on the roof of the house so that cool air can be pushed down through the house. Swamp coolers are energy efficient and do a great job of cooling a home, but they are also an especially good choice for Colorado homes and offices because they add moisture to our very dry air.