How to Make Swamp Coolers Work Better

Swamp coolers are far more efficient than air conditioners and they don't blow dry air. However, if your swamp cooler is operated improperly it will waste large amounts of energy and will not cool your home. Although swamp coolers are not difficult to operate, it is important that you know how to use yours properly to get the most cool for your money. This article provides step-by-step instructions for how to make your swamp cooler work efficiently and effectively.

Make Your Swamp Cooler Work Better

Step 1

Make sure that your swamp cooler's evaporation pads are wet when the fan is turned on. Swamp coolers work by passing warm air over damp pads. The cold water in the pads absorbs the heat and cool air is then fanned into your home or business. If the pads are not wet your swamp cooler will just blow hot air into your house.

Step 2

Most coolers have a prime or pump option on their controls--this is what dampens the pads. Always run the pump for at least five or ten minute before turning on the fan. If your cooler requires you to fill up a tank or to dampen the pads be sure to do so before you turn on the fan.

Step 3

Open a window while the swamp cooler is running. If the air in your home or business becomes too humid the cooler will not cool as effectively. Also, do not turn the swamp cooler on until it is very hot in your home. Swamp coolers take the heat out of the air, and if the air in your home is not warm the cooler will do nothing.

Step 4

Clean or replace the evaporative pads periodically. Dirty or worn out pads will prevent your swamp cooler from operating efficiently. Do not run your swamp cooler and air conditioner at the same time. The machines will basically cancel each other's effectiveness.