Evaporative cooling is as old as the pyramids. Older generations used a simple science to cool the house for many years. Some may remember damp sheets hanging in windows and doorways on warm evenings. This is a simple method for cooling. In fact, it works so well that many manufacturers have harnessed this method into a unit much like an air conditioning unit.

In our area and many other mountainous and low-humidity areas, you can find them as prevalent as air conditioners. Evaporative coolers, also called swamp coolers are efficient, effective, and inexpensive. We sell, install, and service them at White Glove Chimney and Air Duct, and we want to help you learn about all the benefits of having one!

How it Works

a lovely homeEvaporative coolers work just like the damp sheets in grandma’s windows. As the air moves through the sheet, the water cools the air molecules and therefore cools the living space. This science is replicated in evaporative cooling units, or swamp coolers, which are small as an air conditioning unit. They look similar to an air conditioning unit, but they use less energy and are easier to install than air conditioners.

The unit includes a reservoir, which holds water and distributes it through evaporative pads by a pump. It also has a blower, which pulls air through the pads, and the pads themselves, which cleans and cools the air as it moves through the system. While an air conditioning unit uses chemicals to cool air drawn from the inside of the house, the evaporative cooler uses a natural process to cool and clean air from outside. Evaporative coolers don’t use recycled air but allow fresh air to circulate in and throughout the home each day. For homeowners with respiratory issues, evaporative coolers are ideal.

Benefits of Evaporative Coolers

If you’re looking to spend less money on utilities, the evaporative cooler is right for you. For large and small spaces, no matter how much square footage, an evaporative cooling unit will do the job. They are eco-friendly, using moisture to cool the air naturally. They are inexpensive to purchase, install, maintain, and operate. Evaporative coolers provide fresh air, create fewer greenhouse gases, humify the air in the home, and they operate quietly.

The only drawback to evaporative coolers is that they only work in areas of low humidity. Attempting to cool humid air using water will not work efficiently or effectively. Fortunately for us, our customers in Chico and Redding have the perfect humidity level for evaporative coolers. The units that we sell and install are the best on the market—Breezair—which come with a 25-year warranty on the body. They are also self-draining, self-closing, and they have pads, which need changing only every 5 to 10 years. They utilize UV lights to kill bacteria and can sense mineral buildup. These units are the best. They can be combined with ductwork for whole home cooling and can save you money.

Are you looking to upgrade to a more cost-effective home cooling system? If you are looking to upgrade and you own or rent in our service area, we can help. Call White Glove Chimney and Air Duct at 530-924-3164 or schedule an appointment online.