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Whats a swamp cooler? Is it more cost efficient than a regular air conditioner?

Asked by katrinagr1119, El Paso, TX Fri Sep 14, 2012

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A swamp cooler is the same as evaporative cooling. Air is pulled thru the water to cool the air. They do not work as well in humid conditions. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have.

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It's also worth noting that becuase a swamp cooler uses water to cool the air that it tends to increase the ambient humidity in the dwelling whereas air conditioners tends to dry out the air.
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A Swamp Cooler is a Poor-Man's Air Conditioner:
If you drive around and see a big louvered box sitting on people's roof; that's a Swamp Cooler.
I uses a mist of water to cool the air that is being blown into the house.
It is better than nothing.
It was installed in a lot of houses in the 60's and there are still a lot of them, because people cannot afford to replace them with A/C units. (All the ducting would have to be re-done too.

With the new, energy efficient A/C units, the difference is probably very little, but the results are world's-apart.
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