When looking for an affordable alternative to air conditioning, many people seek out a Lakewood swamp cooler. The term “swamp cooler” can sometimes throw people off, but they also go by the name of “desert cooler”, “evaporative cooler”, and “wet air cooler”. In very simple details a swamp cooler helps to cool the air by evaporating water. If you’ve ever dried your hands under an air dryer you’ve already used a form of evaporative cooling. They work in a similar way, by evaporating water inside your home, which has a similar cooling effect.

They are one of the simplest forms of air cooling and can actually be traced back to ancient Egypt. They’re cheap, efficient, and easy on the environment. But- hold on- did you just say…

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Ancient Egypt Had Swamp Coolers?!

Well, sort of. They didn’t have the same type of Lakewood swamp cooler that we use today, but they did use the same cooling principles. As you can imagine, it would get hot in Ancient Egypt. So to stay cool, Egyptians would hang wet blankets across their doors. Royalty had it even better with servants that would fan them, specifically over jugs of water. How did it work? When dry, hot air passes over (or through) water, it cools the air. Pretty simple right? Well swamp coolers work using the same methods.

Think of the air as a sponge. When a sponge comes into contact with water, it absorbs it. In return, it becomes damp and humid. Air does the exact same thing as a sponge. When it comes into contact with water it absorbs it, becoming damp and humid. A dry sponge will naturally soak up more water than a sponge that is already wet. And the same is true for the air. “Humidity” refers to the amount of water in the air at any given time. The more humidity that’s in the air, the less water the air can soak up. For example, a 20% humidity rate means that 20% of the air is water. This means there is still room for 80%. But if the humidity is at 100%, there is no longer room for the air to soak up more moisture. It’s probably raining outside.

As you have probably already figured out, the lower the humidity rate, the more room for water. And the more room for water, the more room for evaporation. And it is this evaporation that powers a Lakewood swamp cooler. At the same time, air that’s warmer will also hold more water. In other words, a room at 40% humidity will hold more water at 90°F than at 60°F.

How Do Swamp Coolers Work?

Okay, now that we know about humidity and temperature, how does the cooling process work? Well, water evaporation requires heat energy. In a Lakewood swamp cooler, warm air gets sucked in through filter pads at the back or sides of the machine. An internal reservoir helps to keep these pads damp. As the warm air moves in across the damp pad, the water evaporates. In return, heat is removed from the air and exits through the cooler as cool air.

But we’re sure you’re all wondering – where did the name “Swamp Cooler” come from? Ironically, swamp coolers work in a lot of places, but swamps are not one of them. In fact, since they need hot, dry climates to work, a swamp would be a horrible place for a swamp cooler. So where did the name come from? Well, that’s up for debate. Having said that, many people believe the name stems from the smell that they create. When not cleaned properly, swamp coolers can start to get a swampy smell. So to prevent your home from smelling like a bog, make sure you perform regular maintenance!

Swamp coolers are a great alternative to AC units. Since they’re small, you can take them anywhere that you need them in the house, and they don’t cost as much to run as a central AC. Of course, this also means that they’re not the best option if you need to keep your whole house cool rather than just one room. That’s a trade-off: you have to figure out what’s more important to you before you pick evaporative cooling.

Last but not least, here are a few more tips to help you get the most out of your Lakewood Swamp Cooler:

  • If you find that your cooler isn’t cooling well, try placing it near an open window.
  • Add ice to the water tank to help increase cooling capacity.
  • Blow a fan towards your cooler to promote air flow.

Get In Touch!

How can you ensure your Lakewood Swamp Cooler works like a charm? Contact Torreys Peak Mechanical. Torreys Peak Mechanical offers  emergency service to Denver and the surrounding area. We have over 30+ years of heating and air conditioning experience and offer superior customer service. At Torreys Peak Mechanical you will get nothing but honest, professional, and affordable service.

We’re a locally owned and operated company who’s number one goal is to earn the trust of their customers. In return, we always provide accurate and honest upfront estimates for any project. We only use the highest quality of materials and products, and ensure that each job gets done right the first time. In addition to your Lakewood swamp cooler, we can also provide AC, furnace, and HVAC repairs. So contact Torreys Peak Mechanical today for all of your cooling needs!