garage swamp cooler

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Garage Swamp Cooler

​Sylvane offers 2 types of residential swamp coolers – portable and window mounted. Both types of evaporative air coolers are designed to cool small to large spaces but not entire houses. A portable evaporative cooler is a great cooling solution when mobility is a factor. These swamp coolers typically come with casters to make moving your evaporative air cooler from space to space simple. Many models, such as the 17-pound Sunpentown SF-610 Evaporative Air Cooler, are lightweight and even easier to transport. Oftentimes, however, lightweight swamp coolers are better suited for personal cooling, operating much like a personal heater. For heartier jobs such as cooling patios, decks, garages, workshops, and other large areas, consider investing in a portable swamp cooler with a higher CFM, such as the Port-A-Cool PAC2K482S Portable Air Cooler.
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Garage Swamp Cooler

The goal of both of swamp coolers and traditional ACs is to cool your space. However, swamp coolers are available at a lower overall price point, are more energy efficient, and are much more environmentally friendly than traditional air conditioning systems. Evaporative air coolers come in a variety of designs and capacities – from the portable swamp cooler design like those from Hessaire​ that can easily be moved from room to room to the convenient window mount evaporative cooler design that saves valuable floor space and covers larger areas. More importantly, many swamp coolers require only minor to moderate setup, such as placement of air filters or window mounting.
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Garage Swamp Cooler

For window-mounted evaporative coolers, the primary maintenance tasks involve preparing the swamp cooler for spring start-up and shutting it down for the season when it is no longer necessary. To prepare your window-mounted swamp cooler for use during the warm months, change the moisture pads, clean the pump, and oil the motor (if necessary). To shut it down during the winter, drain any excess water from the cooler and water supply line, disconnect the water line, cover the cooler, and unplug it from the power supply, especially if it will not be used for an extended amount of time.
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Garage Swamp Cooler

However, as long as your environment fits the above criteria, a swamp cooler can help you stay cool and comfortable in the summer heat. The map below illustrates the different parts of the United States in which swamp coolers are most effective (region A). To an extent, region B would also benefit from a swamp cooler (though the cooling capacity will be lower), but if you live in region C, a portable air conditioner will be better suited for your needs.
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Garage Swamp Cooler

The filter and water curtains of the portable evaporative cooler should be cleaned once every two weeks with lukewarm water and a mild detergent to avoid dust, dirt, mold, and mildew build-up, especially if the device has been used for long periods of time. The outer housing of the portable swamp cooler should also be cleaned periodically with a damp cloth. When you have finished using your portable swamp cooler for the season, simply wipe it clean, drain the water tank, clean the filter and water curtain, and operate the fan-only function (if available) for 30 to 60 minutes to completely dry the device before storing.
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Garage Swamp Cooler

If your cooling problems are localized to a particular room or area, a window swamp cooler is a great energy-efficient alternative to window ACs. These window-mounted swamp coolers often come ready to install and include the necessary installation hardware. Many models, such as the Essick Air RN35W Window Evaporative Cooler, can be easily installed in vertical or horizontal windows.
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Garage Swamp Cooler

However, unlike air conditioners which rely on BTUs as a means of measuring cooling efficiency, the output of evaporative coolers is rated by CFMs. This measurement essentially describes the cubic feet per minute of air that the swamp cooler can blow into your home, and whether you’re cooling a single room or entire home, a basic formula exists for determining the proper size swamp cooler you need.
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Garage Swamp Cooler

Home Depot has a cooler called Bonaire durango. It is a very efficent slimline cooler, only hangs out of the wall about 10 inches, it also blows colder air as it has good Celdek evaporative media. The durango cooler is also very cheap to run. I found that those two rectangular vents dont quite let enough air out, so when I install one in someones garage, I adjust the garage door opener to keep the door up about an inch off the floor. Dont even consider a small cooler for the garage, even though the square footage is small, the heat load is high and you need to move a lot of air to keep it cool. Also, small coolers that use other evaporative media besides Celdek, dont blow very cool on hot days.
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Quote: Originally Posted by tiger08 Home Depot has a cooler called Bonaire durango. It is a very efficent slimline cooler, only hangs out of the wall about 10 inches, it also blows colder air as it has good Celdek evaporative media. The durango cooler is also very cheap to run. I found that those two rectangular vents dont quite let enough air out, so when I install one in someones garage, I adjust the garage door opener to keep the door up about an inch off the floor. Dont even consider a small cooler for the garage, even though the square footage is small, the heat load is high and you need to move a lot of air to keep it cool. Also, small coolers that use other evaporative media besides Celdek, dont blow very cool on hot days. Thanks, I will check it out
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Quote: Originally Posted by tiger08 Home Depot has a cooler called Bonaire durango. It is a very efficent slimline cooler, only hangs out of the wall about 10 inches, it also blows colder air as it has good Celdek evaporative media. The durango cooler is also very cheap to run. I found that those two rectangular vents dont quite let enough air out, so when I install one in someones garage, I adjust the garage door opener to keep the door up about an inch off the floor. Dont even consider a small cooler for the garage, even though the square footage is small, the heat load is high and you need to move a lot of air to keep it cool. Also, small coolers that use other evaporative media besides Celdek, dont blow very cool on hot days.
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11% would be more than fine for an evaporative air cooler. I just purchased one indoors and it actually adds a lot of humidity to the air, but they tend to be efficient if it’s around 60% humidity or lower. The room I’m using it in also gets more humid than that, and it still works fine. You just need to know how to set up the cooler. You can use them with doors or windows open for ventilation or in a completely closed room. I switch between the the two depending on what I’m trying to accomplish. Open (to bring in fresh air and remove humidity), Closed (To cool down the room faster when humidity is low). Another thing to consider is using ice in it. I put tons of ice in mine and it makes these things feel like an air conditioner. I just store a bunch of ice in an insulated cooler (Like a Coleman or Yeti) and dump it in when I want to get the temperature to drop relatively quick. Plus when the ice melts in the cooler, I just pump it out with a battery operated hand pump, then poor it into the evaporative air cooler and that also gives a nice blast of cool air for a bit. Hope this was helpful.
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Although the name “swamp cooler” sounds like it would cool muggy, swamp-like conditions, these machines would actually be ineffective in warm, humid areas like the southeastern United States because the air is so heavily saturated with moisture. For people living in more humid climates who are searching for a cost-effective alternative to traditional central air conditioning systems, consider portable air conditioners or window air conditioners.
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For environmentally conscious consumers, swamp coolers are an ideal solution for keeping cool without harming the environment. Unlike traditional air conditioners that use refrigerants to cool your home, swamp coolers use a natural process that cools the air using motion and water. This process won't add ozone-harming pollutants or other chemicals to the environment.
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Quote: Originally Posted by AlphaBeta I just read about the Durango. That involves cutting the wall and sounds difficult to install as well as having to get permission from the HOA. I am looking for more of a portable cooler solution. Portable cooler wont work in the garage, it needs 100% fresh intake air. If you keep the cooler below the fence line, then the HOA shouldnt have a problem, especially with the slim design of the Durango. As far as cutting the wall, it’s a piece of cake and makes a nice clean install when its all done.

Published on Aug 9, 2017 | Under Garage | By michael ellis
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