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An Overview of the Working Mechanism of Swamp Coolers and AC units

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An Overview of the Working Mechanism of Swamp Coolers and AC units

Swamp Coolers and AC units | Air Duct Cleaning Aliso Viejo, CA

Some people think that a swamp cooler is the same as an air conditioner. In a way, they're not wrong. A  swamp cooler does make the air cooler. However, that is where the similarities end. To understand how swamp coolers work, you need to have a good grasp of how standard AC units operate.

How Do AC Units Operate?

AC units work by forcing air through coils filled with a refrigerant fluid. The refrigerant removes heat from the air passing through the AC coils and returns cool air into your home. The heat that the AC unit removes then gets expels outside of your home. This process is repeated countless times throughout the day. The AC unit doesn't operate non-stop. It continuously samples the indoor temperature, and whenever it exceeds your chosen parameters, the unit kicks into operation. It turns itself back off when the indoor air temperature reaches the chosen goal, and so on and so on.

Sounds Good. What's Their Disadvantage Then?

From the description given above, it is clear that AC units work in a kind of closed system loop process. If you were to leave a door or a window open, this would allow the cold air to escape outdoors, and the system would never shut off because the air temperature would never reach the desired mark. This will result in a great increase in wear and tear damage.

Alright, So How Do Swamp Coolers Work?

Swamp coolers rely on an open system in order to keep your home cool. To be precise, they work by evaporating water, which impregnates your indoor air with moisture and causes its temperature to drop considerably. The process of releasing moisture into the air offers an added benefit to dry climate locations. Unlike AC units, swamp coolers rarely rely on duct systems in order to distribute air throughout the home. Instead, they rely on the opening and closing of windows or doors to circulate the cool breeze they produce through various rooms in your house.

When it comes to cooling your home, you can opt to install a swamp cooler or an AC unit. However, these systems work in different ways meaning you cannot install both of them in the same house. It is up to you to decide which one you prefer. You can always call our experts at Air Duct Cleaning Aliso Viejo to get some professional consultation.


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