Swamp Cooler: Strange Name, Smart Outdoor Cooling
This summer may be shaping up to be a hot one—above average temperatures are predicted across much of the Western and Southern United States—but that doesn’t mean you have to give up patio parties and pool fun in favor of staying cool this summer. Swamp coolers, also known as evaporative coolers, are a great option for keeping your outdoor areas comfortable even when temperatures soar.
Swamp coolers are a budget-friendly option for dispersing a perfectly chilled breeze among everyone on your patio—even the “grill-master.” So, how does it work? Well, do you know how you get a chill after stepping out of the pool on a hot day? That cool is the result of evaporative cooling. Portable swamp coolers, like the Port-A-Cool Cyclone 3000, put this natural process to work to cool indoor and outdoor areas. These devices use fans to draw warm, stale air into the machine where it comes into contact with a water-moistened pad and is cooled up to 20 degrees. The refreshing air is then distributed throughout your space to make it feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler than the actual temperature.
Evaporative cooling has some other bonuses too. Swamp coolers add moisture to the air as they cool. This makes them most effective and ideal in hot, dry climates with humidity levels below 50%, like the southwestern U.S. They’re also much more energy efficient than air conditioners. In fact, according to the California Energy Commission Consumer Energy Center, swamp coolers use as much as 75% electricity than a conventional AC, which can add up to big savings on your annual cooling bill. Plus, with portable and window-mount models available, there’s a swamp cooler that will fit nearly any space.
Don’t just sit inside staring longingly at your patio this summer, fire up the grill, set up your outdoor games, don’t forget the inflatable shark, invite your friends over, and, forget about the heat. Your portable swamp cooler has that under control.
Want more information on all types of swamp coolers? Check out our Swamp Cooler Buying Guide.
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