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Air Conditioners and Swamp Coolers 06/08/08

Since it’s summer, one of the topics I’sve been writing on is air conditioners. If you’sve got one, it’s time to tune it up. If it’s too far gone, it’s a great time to install a new one. The SEER ratings are high, Energy Star abounds, and if you live in the U.S., you’ve probably got a tax rebate.

Another thing to do in the spring or early summer is tune up the thermostat. Hardly anyone does this.

The thing about A/C units is that there’s many options. Do you want to cool just the living room during the day but the bedroom at night? Get a portable air conditioner. How about cooling just one room all the time? Consider a window-mounted unit.

During my research, I delved into the world of swamp coolers, or evaporative coolers, as they’re also called. I’ve never lived in the desert so I didn’t have first hand knowledge of them. But I was surprised to learn how closely they resemble the cooling towers that I’ve worked with.

A swamp cooler is very simple compared to a central air conditioner. A central unit has a condenser unit, evaporator coils, and a closed system with refrigerant and oil. A swamp cooler is just a box with water soaked blanket pads hanging inside.

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