This is how my husband described the heat in the summer of 2007 in Baghdad when I asked him to recount it for me a few days ago. I still haven’t tried the oven test yet, but I get the point. Not fun!
During his deployment, I had to stop myself from complaining about the Georgia heat. It was nothing compared to Iraq where temps were regularly 110 or higher. In one of his care packages, I included everything I could think of to help him stay cool—a personal fan he could wear around his neck, a cooling bandana, a beach towel for the pool (yes, there was a pool!), even squirt guns to bum around with during his downtime. If I could’ve shipped him a swamp cooler without customs eyeing me suspiciously, I would have.
I didn’t know at the time, but our troops in the Middle East already keep cool using evaporative coolers. In fact, Texas-based Port-A-Cool, a leading manufacturer of residential- and industrial-grade evaporative coolers, has provided these solutions to our military for over 20 years.
Swamp coolers are actually perfect cooling systems for arid environments plagued by extreme heat, like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait. They perform double-duty, humidifying and cooling the air by passing dry air over a water-saturated evaporative cooling pad. Once air hits the cooling pad, the pad absorbs the heat and a powerful fan evaporates cool, moist air out. This process can lower the air temperature in the surrounding area up to 30 degrees.
In Afghanistan, summer temperatures often reach above 100 degrees. In those conditions, imagine how a 30-degree decrease would feel—especially if you were wearing 50 pounds of combat gear under the blazing sun.
- aircraft hangars
- flight lines
- mess halls
- auto repair bays
- training facilities
Port-A-Cool evaporative coolers also help troops’ health and wellness. In such dry hot climates, it’s very easy to succumb to heat stress and exhaustion brought on by dehydration. Swamp coolers make ideal cooling stations where soldiers can quickly lower their body temperature and get a quick boost in hydration. Combined with drinking enough water, these units better equip our troops to handle the unforgiving heat and safely carry on with their mission.
Stateside, swamp coolers are used regularly at military posts throughout the dry southwest as well as in area homes and businesses—anywhere where summer means scorching temperatures and low humidity.
If you live in a dry arid climate, a swamp cooler might be an ideal cooling system for you this summer. More economical than a traditional air conditioner, portable swamp coolers and window-mount swamp coolers can save you up to 50% in cooling costs when compared to refrigerant-based air conditioners. They’re also much more environmentally friendly and are constant source of fresh healthy air that boosts your indoor air quality.
Considering a residential model? Check out Port-A-Cool’s line of compact and easy to use KuulAire evaporative coolers.