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Swamp Cooler: Strange Name, Smart Outdoor Cooling

Posted by Ivey on June 3rd, 2013

Port-A-Cool Swamp Cooler on Pool PatioThis 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. Read more about swamp coolers

Stay Cool This Summer with a Swamp Cooler

Posted by Ivey on July 15th, 2010

Sunpentown SF-608R Evaporative Air CoolerWhen most people think of swamps, a cool, comfortable environment is probably the last image that comes to mind. So, with a name like “swamp cooler“, you are probably a little wary of this appliance’s proposed cooling potential. When used properly, swamp coolers—also known as evaporative air coolers—can lower the air temperature in your home up to 20 degrees. Most effective in dry, arid climates like the Southwestern United States, these cooling appliances are great for keeping your bedroom, den, patio, deck, garage, or even workshop comfortable during the hot summer season.

Swamp coolers are fresh air systems, so unlike traditional air conditioners, they do not use ozone-depleting refrigerants. The technology behind these appliances is actually based on the naturally occurring process of evaporative cooling. The chill that you get after stepping out of the ocean or standing near a waterfall is the result of evaporative cooling. To cool your space more efficiently, swamp coolers use a fan to draw warm, stale into the unit. The air passes over moistened pads, and the cool, rejuvenated air is then distributed throughout your environment. Since swamp coolers work best when a window or door is slightly opened, the ambient temperature in your room can feel four to six degrees cooler than the actual temperature thanks to consistently circulated air. Plus, the simple cooling process—requiring just water and air—makes evaporative cooling exceptionally eco-friendly.
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