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Do You Have a Swamp Cooler?

A few years ago, I watched a contractor install a swamp cooler (also known as an evaporative cooler) on an elderly woman's roof. Her home, which had previously been uncomfortably, even dangerously hot, was given immediate relief when the evaporative cooler was turned on. Evaporative coolers work by drawing exterior air into special pads soaked with water. The air is cooled by evaporation, and then circulated throughout a room or home. Evaporative coolers, which work best in hot, dry climates, are significantly less expensive and more energy efficient to run than air conditioning units. Do you have one in your home?


eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 9 years
This is interesting!I am from N.Y,so probably would not do me any good.
radmama27 radmama27 9 years
I said No - I am not totally sure, but I highly doubt there is one on the roof of my building
emalove emalove 9 years
I also have a "whole house fan" like Lawchick...I don't use it too often, but it really does help in the summer.
Amelie074 Amelie074 9 years
I used to have one when I lived in Arizona - it was wonderful until the REALLY hot heat hit then you had to have AC. But where I live now, in Seattle, I just don't think a swamp cooler will work! :-D
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
I grew up in the desert in Grand Junction, Colorado - we used to make fun of people who make installed AC instead of swamp coolers - in the desert, swamp coolers work so much better!! But now I'm in NYC... there's no way a swamp cooler would do any good!
ahles ahles 9 years
We saw a lot of the swamp coolers when we lived in San Diego county, but they don't work back east. Never lived in a house with AC. Recently acquired a couple of energy star window boxes we turn on once in a blue moon.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
no, wth is it
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
I have never heard of one, but they sound genius (and eco-chic!)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I've never heard of one of those. Very interesting.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
We have both a swamp cooler and an a/c unit. We wait as long as possible to start using the a/c, but once the monsoon clouds start building, the swamp cooler is next to useless.
ualili ualili 9 years
I grew up with swamp cooling, but have central a/c in my own home. Swamp cooling definitely uses less energy, but doesn't help much when summer monsoon storms roll in.
Home Home 9 years
lawchick--awesome that you have a whole house fan! another smart way to go for energy-efficient home cooling.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
info on whole house fans, which seem simpler than this swamp cooler thing --
lawchick lawchick 9 years
no, but I do have a "whole house fan"
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