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What’s an Evaporative Cooler?

Now that hotter weather is here, many people are looking for environmentally-friendly options for keeping themselves and their families cool during these warmer months. And one of the best ways to fight against the summer heat is using evaporative coolers in Calgary, AB

If you’ve been wondering, “What is an evaporative cooling system,” then you’ve come to the right place. 

We’re going to explore what an evaporative cooler (they’re sometimes called “swamp coolers”) is, how they work their magic, and the benefits of installing one in your home. That way, you can make the most informed decision for your situation and keep yourself nice and comfortable this summer. 

What is Evaporative Cooling and How Does It Work?

As the name suggests, evaporative cooling is the process of adding more water to the air which has a cooling effect. It’s sometimes called adiabatic cooling, and it involves turning the water from a liquid to gas and mixing it with an airstream that’s ventilated into the house. However, that’s not all because evaporating water requires energy. And the machine uses heat from the air to make it all happen– this also reduces the overall temperature of the house.

Simply put, the machine has four main parts: a fan, a reservoir for the water with a pump, a pad, and a control system. The fan pulls in the hot air and pushes it over the soaked thick pads. The pads are constantly moistened by the pump. The air is cooled when the water evaporates, and the cold air (which can drop as much as 20°F) is pushed back out into the home. The process does create more humidity in the air, but this can make it ideal for dryer climates.

What are the Benefits of Using an Evaporative Cooler?

There are many advantages to using a swamp cooler. Here are some of the top ones homeowners find the most advantageous:

It Provides Better Air Quality Inside Your Home

Does the air in your home often feel stale and stuffy? Evaporative cooling brings fresh, filtered air into your home. Other systems typically recycle the same air over and over, which can make lead to discomfort even with the right temperature.

It Provides Better Humidity Levels in Your Home

Humid air is good for preventing viruses, dust, bacteria, and other pollutants from entering your respiratory system. It also makes your nose, eyes, and throat more comfortable which is fantastic if you have someone with health issues or if you simply want a better quality of life.

It’s More Energy Efficient and Environmentally-Friendly Compared to Traditional Setups

Since it’s using water versus refrigerant chemicals, it’s safer for you and the planet as a whole. It also uses less energy compared to traditional systems, which will save you money on your monthly energy bill. Most of the energy is used through the natural process of water evaporation, which accounts for over 90% of the energy, while the rest comes from the electricity used to run the system.

Want to learn more about evaporative coolers or get your own installed? Contact Ace Plumbing and Heating today to schedule an appointment for your evaporative cooler.

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