Evaporation is one of the most effective and efficient ways to cool. Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, can dramatically reduce electricity bills during hot summer months. An evaporative cool uses only the natural process of cooling your home. This is in contrast to an air conditioner that relies on electricity for its refrigerant.
These coolers are efficient because they use air circulation and water to cool indoor spaces. An evaporative chiller is a great way to cool your home. Here are some tips that will help you make it work optimally.
1. Take a moment to open your windows
A traditional air conditioner needs a closed and insulated environment to work efficiently. However, a swamp or Evaporative Cooler requires open windows. The air conditioner pulls air into the room. Allow about five centimeters for cross breeze.
2. Seasonally use it
Evaporative coolers work best when the relative humidity is around 70%. It loses effectiveness above 75% and can make the air damper. It might be obvious how uncomfortable it makes you feel when it is humid because your sweat evaporates into the air. High humidity levels can also hinder its functionality, as the water cannot evaporate quickly enough at lower temperatures. If you live in an area with high humidity, it is important to keep an eye on the weather.
3. Before you turn on the blower, let your cooler run.
Your cooler needs to run for a while before it kicks in, just like cars engines take time to heat up. It takes 15 minutes to let water circulate in the system and to prime the pump before it turns on.
Turn the pump on before you cool off
To deliver the coolest air, swamp cooler pad must be completely saturated. For faster and more efficient airflow, run the pump for between 5-10 minutes.
Test Relief Airflow
The swamp cooler must be able to move cool air into your home. You can do this by opening a glass. Sometimes, however, opening too many windows can restrict airflow. Place a tissue on the screen of the window to test for relief airflow. Your system can hold the tissue in place and not fall if it does so, you will know that there is enough relief air.
4. Make sure your pads are clean
The cooling pads must absorb enough water before turning on the cooler. Otherwise, it will blow out hot air. Before you turn on the fan, fill up the water tank.
5. Keep your cooler sanitized
As with any appliance, an efficient evaporative cooler is best maintained regularly. Sometimes, dirt, dust, and other pollutants can build up and make it difficult for the motor to do its job.
You should inspect your unit every summer to ensure it is clean and ready for use in the winter. You should also conduct a mid-season inspection using the items from your checklist.
– Vacuum intake fans and grills
– Exterior – Cleanse
– Check cooling pads for cracks or mildew and replace them as necessary
– Clean the water tank with a mild soapy water solution.
Keep Your Cooler in Top Shape
Swamp coolers need to be maintained to function at their peak efficiency. TLC Plumbing offers seasonal swamp cooler tune-ups to make sure your unit is ready for the summer. This service includes:
- Swamp Cooler Start-up/inspection
- Air conditioner maintenance
- Furnace shutdown
- Safety inspection