Air Conditioning

Swamp Cooler

A swamp cooler, also known as an evaporative cooler, is a device used for cooling a home in the place of an air conditioner. Swamp cooler units are often used in the Southwest, in dry states like Nevada and Arizona.

The swamp cooler usually sits on the roof of a house and has a duct that leads down into the home. A swamp cooler essentially contains a fan and pads soaked with water. There is a reservoir of water at the bottom of the swamp cooler. To keep the swamp cooler pads wet, a water pump carries the water to the top of the swamp cooler, where it trickles onto the pads, wetting them.

Ceiling Fan

Not only is a ceiling fan a great way to keep cool on a warm day, but it can be an attractive accent in a room. Even for homeowners with central air-conditioning, a ceiling fan can be perfect for keeping energy bills lower.

Save Energy

A ceiling fan can help keep energy costs down, in both summer and winter. When a ceiling fan is operated in hot weather, the air blowing down makes you feel cooler. You can then raise the air conditoner settings, resulting in lower energy bills.

Choosing an Air Conditioner

natural air conditioned villaThe cool blast of air from an air conditioner seems like a miracle when it's a 97 degree day in July. Whether you're buying your first air conditioner or replacing an older model, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Evaporative Cooler - Cool Off Efficiently

For people who live in a dry climate, an evaporative cooler is an effective, energy efficient alternative to an air conditioner. An evaporative cooler, sometimes called a "swamp cooler," works on a simple principle.

A small motor pumps water from the bottom to the top of the cooler. The water then runs down the insides, and is absorbed by filter pads. Another small motor works a fan. This fan brings air into the evaporative cooler for the outside, then through the device, and then out into the warm room. What causes the cooling is the evaporation of water as the hot dry air goes through it.

Portable Air Conditioners

A Portable air conditioner is a wonderful utility for every homeowner. There are times when you may have a task or job at hand in an area such as the garage, basement, or attic, and a portable air conditioner will provide more cooling benefits than a typical fan.

When considering a portable air conditioner you may want to base your choice on BTU. BTU is the energy unit used by portable air conditioners. The greater the BTU the larger amount of Square Feet the portable air conditioner will cover. For instance, 7500 BTU will cover 150 Square Feet.