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Why Choose an Evaporative Cooler?

Jun 28, 2021

You might have heard the term “evaporative cooler” once or twice at the last friendly barbeque. Or, you might be an expert and you’re looking for some interesting facts about these unique systems. Regardless of where you come from, we want to talk about evaporative coolers because they’re such a powerful and unique piece of equipment that not enough homeowners take advantage of.

  • Are you looking for a unique, affordable, and efficient cooling system for your home? Check.
  • Are you looking for a powerful AC system that’s designed specifically for our climate? Check.
  • Do you want to learn more and explore your air conditioning options? Check.

If you’re nodding your head as you read through these points, then you’re in the right place. Let’s talk about what it takes to own a system like this, what evaporative cooler repair in Albuquerque, NM entails, and why you might consider calling us.


What Is an Evaporative Cooler?

Firstly, before we get into the specifics on evaporative cooler repairs, we want to be very clear with the technology we’re talking about. Sometimes people refer to evaporative coolers as swamp coolers, or they’ll even just call them air conditioners, but there’s a huge difference between an evaporative cooler and a central AC system.

Central air conditioners use electricity to compress refrigerant so that it can evaporate (drawing heat with it) and condense (disperse the heat) over and over again. Evaporative coolers don’t use refrigerant, and instead use a series of damp pads and a water pump to draw hot air in, cause it to be cooled by the pads in a natural, energy-efficient process, and provide your home with comfortable air.

Evaporative coolers only work in dry, hot climates, because it relies on dehumidification to properly keep temperatures cool and comfortable in your home.

Some Repairs an Evaporative Cooler Might Need

When you invest in an evaporative cooler, you’ll need to be ready for different occurrences than when you’re the owner of a central AC system. Here are just a few repairs that could crop up that are unique to evaporative systems.

  • Mold growth and a water pump clog. A swamp cooler relies on functioning water pumps to keep the pads damp throughout the cooling process. When this pump breaks down or gets clogged, it can lead to mold growth.
  • Humidity issues. If your home is especially humid, it’s going to be hard for the air inside to be cooled. It might be a good idea to couple your evaporative cooler with a dehumidifier, and repair it when it runs into trouble.
  • Leaks. If you’re noticing water leaking from your evaporative cooler, then be sure to call us for support.

Choosing the Right System for Your Home

Look, we’re not going to tell homeowners that an evaporative cooler is better than an air conditioner, because it’s not entirely true. Certain homes will do better with a central air conditioner or a heat pump, while other homes will be comfortable and see a huge decrease in their energy bill when equipped with an evaporative cooler.

Why not call our team to have your home assessed so we can figure out which system is right for you?

Call First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc for proper AC installation and repairs. Quality work, exuberant service.

Categories: Air Conditioning