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Is a Swamp Cooler a Good Choice for AC in Arizona?

You have more options for air conditioning replacement in Chandler, AZ than you probably realize. You can have a heat pump installed, or a ductless mini split, or even an evaporative cooler, i.e. a swamp cooler.

“Wait a minute, what is a swamp cooler?” you might ask. That’s a good question, and it may turn out that the energy-efficient power of a swamp cooler is the perfect AC solution for your home. These systems aren’t right for everyone, but if a swamp cooler fits your needs, the advantages are tremendous.

To find out if your house and a swamp cooler are a good match, talk to the professionals at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today. Since 1939, we’ve used innovation to keep people in the Valley of the Sun cooled down in the summer heat.

What evaporative (swamp) coolers do

If you hang a wet towel across a window and feel the cool breeze blow through it, you are experiencing the power of evaporative cooling. As hot dry air passes over or through water, it loses heat and cools off. Swamp coolers are based on this simple principle. (And, despite the mysterious name, they don’t work in wet climate but are more suited for arid desert climates.)

A swamp cooler contains a blower that draws in outside air and passes it through a set of damp pads, allowing evaporation to occur that absorbs the heat from the air. A pump keeps the pads wet, so you don’t need to keep supplying them with water. The cooled air then enters your home.

Is this an effective replacement for an air conditioner? Sometimes. Evaporative coolers are more energy efficient than ACs because they do not need to power a compressor, and they cost less to install. Swamp coolers also act as humidifiers, since they place water into the air (where ACs remove it), and this can be either a positive or a negative depending on your house and where it’s located. If you are concerned about the environment, a swamp cooler is a good option because it does not release any ozone depleting gases.

However, swamp coolers must have climates that are hot and dry or they simply cannot draw out heat from the air. On wet days, a swamp cooler can turn the inside of a house into a damp, even sticky and unpleasant place; this also leads to damage to building material. Swamp coolers also require extensive maintenance, with the pads changed regularly or else they will develop mildew and contaminate indoor air quality and create unpleasant smells.

The dry, hot climate makes swamp coolers an attractive possibility for air conditioning replacement in Chandler, AZ. But you need to think about this choice carefully, and consult with professionals in heating and cooling.

Call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today and ask about your best choices for cooling off this summer and the summers to come.

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