Refrigerated Air Conditioning Vs. Evaporative Cooling — Costs and Benefits of Each
So, what are the benefits of each type of system, and which one is right for you? There are several factors you should consider when choosing between refrigerated air and evaporative cooling.
- Cost — Generally speaking, swamp coolers are less expensive to purchase, install, and operate.
- Maintenance — Swamp coolers typically require more maintenance than refrigerated air systems. This is where you have to ask yourself how handy you are. It isn’t hard to maintain or repair a swamp cooler, but if you don’t know how and are unwilling or unable to learn, then you’re going to be making more frequent service calls for your unit. That’s going to eat into the money you’re saving by opting for the more cost-conscious system.
- Ventilation — Swamp coolers need to move a lot of air through your space in order to be effective. If you’re a homeowner and you’re willing and able to leave open doors and windows during the summer, this is no problem. However, if you’re trying to cool an industrial space, or anywhere that is difficult or impossible to ventilate, than refrigerated air is probably the way to go.
- Interior Humidity — Swamp coolers add moisture to the dry New Mexico Air, while refrigerated air systems basically eliminate any moisture that was there in the first place. If you have asthma, the moisture from a swamp cooler may exacerbate your symptoms. If you’re prone to dry skin, particularly in your nasal passages, then the extra moisture might help you.
The bottom line is that there is no best type of cooling system. What type of system is the right choice for you depends on your specific application and situation. If you have questions about what kind of system is the right choice for your family, give us a call. Whether you’re choosing a system for new construction, replacing an existing unit, or considering conversion from evaporative to refrigerated air, we have the experience and skills to make your installation smooth and hassle-free.