Homeowners need to prepare their homes for heat. This is a critical step to ensure that your home is comfortable and safe during the hot summer months. This could mean replacing an old, inefficient, or less effective air conditioner unit.
For many, the debate between AC and swamp cooler models is a recurring issue. Knowing a little more about each type of cooling system can help you to understand the pros and cons and how they will affect your long-term budget, as well as your family’s comfort.
What’s the Difference between an AC Cooler and a Swamp Cooler?
Although they all have the same goal, cooling your home with cool air, and can be either small or large central units, there is a lot to know about swamp coolers and air conditioners. It is easy to see how each one works together to produce cool, clean air.
Standard air conditioners cool air by running it through Freon-filled coils. The refrigerant cools the air, which is then circulated through conduits or, in ductless systems, a tube. The air is circulated and re-cooled. The equipment emits hot air. Because of air circulation, AC units are off.
Swamp coolers are open-system. Swamp coolers cool with airflow. They pass air through a wet swamp cooler pad instead of refrigerant coils. It evaporates and adds moisture. You must open doors and windows for these units to cool your home.
The Benefits and Cons Of AC Cooling
Both swamp coolers and AC units have their unique benefits and drawbacks. These are important aspects homeowners need to consider when choosing the right cooling method for their homes.
Modern homeowners have many benefits from air conditioners. This is why central, window and ductless AC systems continue to be the most popular choices for homes of all sizes. You’ll be able to enjoy the following benefits when you use an air conditioner to cool your home:
- Cooling is more efficient in high humidity areas
- Removing excess moisture from the atmosphere
- More control over indoor temperature
- Low daily maintenance requirements
- New technology available for temperature control and air quality control
Every home appliance comes with its own set of drawbacks. No matter how big or small the air conditioner is, there are a few cons.
- Low-humidity environments can make it uncomfortable because the air is dried out.
- The operation involves the use of chemicals that can lead to more pollution
- It is more expensive to operate and maintain
- It makes more noise than a swamp warmer
The Benefits and Cons of Swamp Coolers
- Swamp cooling systems are a great choice for homes.
- It is cheaper to build and install
- Operating costs are lower and more efficient
- Use of less pollution
- Quieter than AC units
- You can add humidity to your indoor environment
Swamp coolers work by using your home’s natural heat flow and a wet pad to cool the air. They are quiet and virtually pollution-free and an affordable option for homeowners on a tight budget. These pros come with many cons, which you must consider before making a final decision. You should consider the following:
- Temperature control is limited
- In humid climates, decreased effectiveness
- Very little air quality control
- A lot of maintenance is required each day
- To operate, it requires a large water supply
- Leakage could cause water damage
The swamp cooler system is much simpler than an air conditioner. This accounts for the lower installation and maintenance costs. This simpler design means that you have less control over your home’s interior.