Monday, March 31, 2014

Cooling Your Home

            The first day of spring has come and gone, but the warm weather is only just beginning, especially in states that are further south and that are considered desert states.  There have been a few days the past week or so that have been so warm, that we decided to open the windows to help cool off the house.  Soon the days will come that opening the window won’t be much help and we will need to get the AC going again.  Since we live in a dry climate, we own an evaporative cooler, or a swamp cooler, the name that it is more commonly referred to.
            There are many advantages having a swamp cooler, but it if you are want to install one, it is important to make sure that your home and the area you live in provide the right conditions.  If you live in a place that that generally has cooler weather such as the Northwest, there are different systems on the market that will serve your cooling needs better.  Also, if you live in an area that has a lot of humidity, then an evaporative cooler isn’t a good choice for you.  The way this type of cooler works, is not compatible with humid conditions and will be useless if installed.  So what are the conditions that are ideal for this type of AC unit?
            If you live in an area that is very hot and very dry (low humidity) then a swamp cooler may be a good choice for you.  The states that border Mexico are usually the states where most swamp coolers are sold since they are dry and hot.  This type of AC unit is inexpensive when compared to the alternatives (such as a central air system).  They are also more efficient than other AC units, using about 70% less energy than the other options that are available.  This, in turn, can be considered to be a more green option than other AC units on the market.

            There may be a few disadvantages, however.  For example, if you are trying to cool down a large home, one unit may not be enough to get the job done.  Evaporative coolers are more efficient in smaller homes, duplexes, and apartments.  Also, there is some upkeep that have to do with these coolers.  Before winter comes, they need to be disconnected from the water line (if there is one) and if they aren’t, it will freeze and can cause damage to the unit.  Many units also require that one or more filters be used with it, meaning that these filters will need to be switched out regularly.  If not done correctly, the air that is produced by them may not be safe for people to breathe.

            Although there may be some drawbacks, they are little things that can easily be done and you will be able to save money in the long run.  Swamp coolers are also designed so that they can be installed on the roof or they also come in a window unit.  For a good price on a cooler, visit:

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