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Is an Evaporative Cooler Right for Me?

blue-question-markIn the world of air conditioning, central air and heat pumps get all the attention. And for good reasons—these units are versatile and effective. But that doesn’t mean they’re always the best option.

Less-known is the evaporative cooler, an air conditioning system that cools your home with water. In this post, we’ll ask you three questions to help you find out if an evaporative cooler is the right choice for your home.

Do you hate the feeling of “stale” or “stuffy” air?

The reason this happens is because you aren’t letting enough fresh air into your home. But we can hardly blame you. After all, you’d only want to seal up all the doors and windows so that no cool air can escape. Unfortunately, this means the same air is being recycled over and over again, gradually accumulating contaminants and losing its freshness.

In the case of central air systems and heat pumps, they only transfer warmth through the air instead of bringing in fresh air. But when it comes to an evaporative cooler, it’s fundamentally different in the way it functions. They actually bring in fresh air from the outside and then cool it down using pads that are kept damp through a water pump.

Do you hate “high maintenance?”

The cooling mechanisms of an evaporator are far less complicated than your standard central air or ductless ACs. Therefore, you can expect lower maintenance costs.

If you’ve delved into the subject of air conditioning repair, you know that your AC use can come to a halt if even one part stops working the way it’s supposed to (or worse, it keeps appearing to run fine and is actually driving up your energy costs). This is mostly because these systems rely on refrigerant and heat transfer, which requires several components to keep the process running smoothly.

With a swamp cooler, there’s no refrigerant. That means there’s no chance of refrigerant leaks or compressor burnout (problems that are quite costly!). Instead, it only uses a single fan and some water pumps to cool your home.

Does dry weather bother you?

Dry and hot air is certainly better than hot and humid air, but did you know that a comfortable level of humidity is essential to your health? Moisture is needed for your sinuses and nasal passages to effectively fight off and recover from illness. Not just that, but you probably already know how unpleasant it is to wake up in the morning with a sore throat.

Since swamp coolers use water to cool down the air, they’re much better at humidity control and can make a world of difference for you or your family members who are sensitive to dry air. Central air and heat pump systems don’t do anything to increase humidity. In fact, they reduce humidity, which doesn’t help if your summers are already dry.

Want to find out if an evaporative cooler is right for your home? All it takes is a call with an air conditioning installation company in Colorado Springs, CO. Contact Happy Heating & Cooling today!

 

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