Central Air Conditioning Vs. Swamp Coolers

Central Air Conditioning Vs. Swamp Coolers

swamp coolers vs. central air conditioners in Arizona

Do you know the difference between swamp coolers and central air conditioning units?

When it comes to staying cool and comfortable inside your home, areas of the country like the Southwest that have warm, dry climates pose unique challenges. There is no place on earth that has a climate quite like the one we have in Tucson, AZ.

Conventional air conditioners extract humidity as well as heat from the air, and inefficient models can make the indoor environment feel uncomfortable when outdoor conditions are dry. In the past, households in states like Arizona often chose swamp coolers over traditional air conditioning systems because they both cool and humidify indoor spaces. Which option is best for you?

Upfront Cost vs. Long-Term Maintenance

There’s no denying that swamp coolers, (also known as evaporative coolers), are cheaper to buy. Because they use less electricity than conventional air conditioning, monthly utility bills are lower too. Swamp coolers demand a lot of care to keep them running at optimal efficiency, however, often requiring maintenance services several times in a single cooling season. Because most homeowners install swamp coolers on their roofs, leaks and water damage are always a major concern as well.

Comfort and Performance

Swamp coolers work by passing outdoor air over pads saturated with water. The water evaporates into the air, cooling it. Since the unit only cools incoming air, you need to keep a window open at all times to allow warm air to escape outside, which poses security concerns. Central air conditioners use refrigerant to pull heat from the air. As the cooled air is distributed throughout your home, household air is returned to the equipment for re-conditioning.
Swamp coolers are most effective when the weather outside is very dry. They are not appropriate for use in humid conditions. Technological advancements in the industry over the past few decades have resulted in highly energy-efficient central air conditioning products that no longer over-dry indoor air. Although a high efficiency air conditioner costs more to install, they deliver reliable cooling that you can count on to keep your comfortable whenever outdoor temperatures soar.

At Temco Air Environmental, we provide professional preventive maintenance services and AC Repair for all types of air conditioning systems, from swamp coolers and heat pumps to traditional air conditioners. Whatever cooling product you choose for your home, you can count on our team to help you maintain the system to ensure that it always operates in peak condition. Trust the Tucson heating and cooling specialists at Temco Air Environmental.

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