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What is a Swamp Cooler?

We enjoy pretty low humidity in Denver, and having low humidity gives us the option of cooling our home with a system known as a “swamp cooler”. The simplicity of swamp cooling dates back to the days of the Egyptians. Today’s swamp coolers are more sophisticated than the cooling Cleopatra enjoyed, and  with their specific advantages, may be a possible option for your air conditioning in Denver. If you are considering the installation of a swamp cooler, it’s always best to use trained technicians, like the ones at APC Plumbing & Heating.

How Does a Swamp Cooler Work?

Swamp coolers take advantage of a simple law of physics: when you add water vapor into warm, dry air, it lowers the temperature of the air. This is because it takes energy to evaporate the water, and the energy used is the heat energy in the air. Using this energy dissipates the heat, and lowers the temperature.

The actual mechanics of a swamp cooler are pretty simple. A pump circulates water from the cooler’s reservoir onto a cooling pad that becomes saturated. A fan draws air from the outside through the wet pad; as the air is pulled through the pad, it cools and is blown into your home.

Advantages of a Swamp Cooler

Swamp coolers have a few advantages other cooling products may not:

  • Very energy efficient – swamp coolers use approximately 75% less electricity than a central air conditioning system. This can lead to big savings in monthly energy bills.
  • Adds humidity to the air –low humidity can be a problem, so having an appliance that adds moisture to the air may be a good thing for your home.
  • Very “green” – swamp coolers do no use any kind of refrigerant to cool, making them very green when it comes to the environment.
  • Consistent fresh air – swamp coolers cool the air from the outside, so using one ensures that a constant stream of fresh air is part of your indoors.

Is a Swamp Cooler A Good Choice?

The best way to determine if a swamp cooler is a good fit for your air conditioning is to consult with an expert. Since 1984, APC Plumbing & Heating has helped Denver customers with their air conditioning, and we can help you, too. Call today and schedule professional air conditioning service in Denver with APC Plumbing & Heating.

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