I'm looking to get a swamp cooler in the $300 or so neighborhood . Been looking
web pages and reviews are really hard to find. I have come across a few, have
elminated a couple from consideration.
This would be for a room about 20 x 20. Easy mainentance (like pads/filters) and
quietness a plus ;)
I'm looking at a Symphony Sumo Jr from Amazon. Also on my short list are
SF-608R, Newair AF-320 or AF-330
Are there any reviews anywhere? Anyone have personal experiences/recommendations?
Common name for an evaporative cooler, which is used in desert areas in lieu of
an air conditioner. Whole-house units are commonly placed on the roofs of
houses and other buildings. Water is dripped down a foam mesh screen.
Warm/hot, dry ambient air is blown across the screen, evaporating the water.
Heat absorbed by the evaporation of the water cools the air, which is then
ducted into the house.
If water is available, a swamp cooler is much cheaper to run than a
compressor-type air conditioner. It also humidifies the air (a GOOD thing in
the desert). Downside is that it doesn't work well when ambient humidity is
...with the definition of "high" being anything above 20% RH. Basically, a good
rule of thumb is that if they aren't stocked at the local Home Depot or Lowes,
you shouldn't be thinking about buying one. The damage you can do in a very
short time by injecting that much moisture into a house is amazing.
"Tell me what I should do, Annie."
"Stay. Here. Forever." - Life On Mars
Sam's used to sell them here. They had one about "whole house" size for
$350. That was a little over 10 years ago, so no idea if they stil have
them, or what they cost if they do. It is way too humid here for them to
work except for a handful of days a year, but I guess they are better
than nothing. The main thing is not to try to use one as an air
conditioner with all the windows and doors shut, so that the air inside
just keeps getting more and more humid until it is practically raining
inside. FWIW, in west Tx, where they are more common, they are called
"air conditioners", as opposed to "refrigerated air conditioners"
About 14 years ago, my ex and I went to Colorado Springs, and Royal
Gorge. While she was busy looking at all the crap in the junk aka
souvenier shop, I walked over to check out what I thought was a window
air cond blowing out lots of mighty cool air.( the place was real
comfortable) Couldn't believe it when I got close enough to see that it
was a swamp cooler. I guess it must be pretty dry in that part of Co.
The fact that the city water is about 33 degrees probably doesn't hurt
firstname.lastname@example.org (lp13-30) wrote in
A few years ago I had a chance to go visit friends in Colorado. I was
scratching my skin all the time and I thought it was tiny bugs I couldn't
see. Turned out the air was so dry my skin reacted to it.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.