Written by April Reinhardt (last updated October 27, 2021)
More popular in regions where the air is hot and the humidity low, an evaporative cooler—also called a swamp cooler—is a machine that cools the air by means of evaporating water. Unlike an air conditioner that uses refrigeration to cool or condition the air, a swamp cooler creates a humid air situation, and the evaporation of the air cools the air, much as what happens to our bodies when we perspire to cool our skin.
Just as with an air conditioner, however, a swamp cooler must be prepared for, and possibly stored away during, protracted cold weather. To prevent rust, mineral buildup, and encourage cooling panel health, follow these steps for preparing your swamp cooler for cold weather:
It is important to cover your swamp cooler when it is not in use. Not only will the cover assist in protecting the machine, it can also slow down the loss of heat from your home and reduce outside noise that could channel back into your home through ductwork. If your swamp cooler is located on your roof, be sure that you follow ladder safety measures when preparing your cooler for winter.
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