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Evaporative Cooler Benefits

In drier climates the humidifying properties of evaporative coolers are a major advantage. Refrigerated air conditioners are actually dehumidifiers, so they will make the air even drier. With an evaporative cooler, you kill two birds with one stone and cool the air while adding much needed moisture.

Cities like Denver and Salt Lake City have great climates for evaporative cooling. Regions that are too dry such as some desert areas would benefit from evaporative cooling, but may encounter another issue. Evaporative coolers require a constant supply of water to operate, and where there is a water shortage, they may not be as practical.

The biggest advantage evaporative coolers have over refrigeration air conditioner is cost. Evaporative coolers cost less to buy, less to install and less to operate than refrigeration air conditioners. The actual savings is significant. Installing an evaporative cooler can be as little as one eighth of the cost of installing a traditional air conditioner.

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Installing a direct evaporative cooling system is typically less than $1000 total, whereas conventional air conditioner installation can cost several thousand dollars. Indirect and two-stage systems can also cost several thousand dollars installed.

Likewise, you can save as much as three fourths of the energy cost to operate refrigerated air by choosing an evaporative cooler. Evaporative coolers do not have as many working parts to power as refrigerated air conditioners, so they require less energy. On the flip side, however, evaporative coolers use several gallons of water and hour, so some but not all of the energy savings will be spent on water costs.

In addition to providing cost savings, evaporative coolers also improve the air quality in your home. Fresh air is constantly circulated through the building enhancing ventilation. Where evaporative cooling is used, air rarely smells or feels stale. If you live in the right kind of climate, evaporative coolers are a great choice to cool your home, add humidity, improve ventilation and save money.

Part 1: Advantages of Evaporative Coolers


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