Four Tips To Help Improve The Cooling Performance Of Your Evaporative Cooler

27 July 2015
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If you live in a warm dry climate, an evaporative cooler may be a great alternative to conventional AC. These systems can help keep your home cool without costing you a fortune on your utility bills. Evaporative coolers also require maintenance if you want them to cool your home. If you have an evaporative cooler for your home, here are some things you can do to improve performance:

1. Make Sure The Humidity Is Low When Using Your Swamp Cooler

Swamp coolers work best with relatively low humidity. Before you turn your cooler on, check the humidity. You may want to keep it off during the morning hours and turn it on during midday when the humidity drops. This will improve the performance of your cooler and help to conserve energy.

2. Check The Water Levels And Lines Regularly

Check the level of water in your reservoir regularly. When the water gets low, you will need to add more to ensure that the system has the evaporative cooling effect. Some systems also have lines to automatically add water. Check the lines regularly to ensure that they are not damaged or clogged and that water is getting to your cooler.

3. Clean Or Change Filter When Needed

Evaporative coolers use a filter that air is blown through to create the cooling. This filter can get dirty over time and needs to be cleaned or changed regularly. If you live in an area with hard water, this problem can be worse and you will need to service your filter more regularly to ensure you system is cooling efficiently. Maintaining the filter will also help to ensure good air quality in your home.

4. Crack A Window To Let Fresh Air Into Your Home  

A central air conditioner needs to have all windows closed for it to effectively cool a building. With an evaporative cooler, dry air and low humidity are what provide the cooling. To ensure your system is cooling efficiently, crack a window to allow fresh air in. This will improve the evaporation of the cooler and help to keep your house comfortable. Without good ventilation, humidity will build up in your home and reduce the cooling effect of the swamp cooler.

These are some things that you can do to improve the performance of your evaporative cooler. If you need repairs or maintenance done to your system, contact an HVAC contractor like one from Reed Heating to help you get the most out of your cooling system.