Evaporative cooling is one of the best ways to save energy in the summer when temperatures rise above their peak, and your AC cannot keep up. An evaporative cooler is a common name for an efficient evaporative cooling device. Evaporative coolers and portable evaporative coolers can cool an entire home for smaller rooms. To beat the heat in your tent on summer camping trips, you can also take a non-powered evaporative cooler.
All that sounds wonderful, right? Understanding the basics of evaporative coolers is essential before you buy one for your campsite or living room. Evaporative coolers can be used to cool rooms differently than regular AC units.
Evaporative coolers, How Do You Work
First, Evaporative coolers work differently than a traditional AC. Normal ACs use a lot more electricity to cool the air. Evaporative coolers, however, use the pure cooling power provided by evaporation. Evaporative coolers aren’t required to run the fans. The fan is used to circulate the newly-cooled air.
An evaporative cooler works similarly to how sweat works to cool your skin. Water is evaporated into the air. This removes some heat from the air and replaces it with a hydrated water droplet. It does this by soaking cooling mats in water and waiting for them to evaporate to dry. The drying process cools the air around an evaporative cooler. A small fan is useful to spread the cool air.
Evaporative coolers Experience the Best Performance in Low Humidity
Evaporative coolers work by adding water molecules and are, therefore, most effective when there is low humidity. An evaporative cooler’s effectiveness will increase the dryer of your summer air. This is because dry, moist air can absorb moisture by evaporation more easily and cause the air heat to evaporate. Moisture cools the room and acts as a humidifier to make dry summers more bearable.
You can still use your evaporative cooler in higher or higher humidity levels. Swamp chillers can be used in a humidity of up to 70%. Evaporative coolers can cause you to feel hotter than the saturation point.
How to Use Evaporative coolers?
Let’s now move on to what you were here for a short and comprehensive guide about how to use your evaporative cooler.
Fill the Tank / Reservoir W/ Cool Tap Water
You will need to fill up the tank in your evaporative cooling system. Whether you are camping or if the cooler is plugged in to cool you directly at home, the cooler can’t function without water to absorb and evaporate. You should start with warm tap water. This is about 50 degrees. Once the cool water has evaporated, it will cool the air around your evaporative cooler. The fan will blow that cooled cool air onto you.
Ice may temporarily boost cooling, but it does not increase the efficiency of an evaporative cooler for cooling a space. Since ice is inelastic and can’t evaporate, it can slow down the cooling process.
Let the Pads Soak up the Water
Once you have filled the reservoir, let the evaporative cooler soak in the water for a few minutes before turning on your fan. This is how a cooler works. The pads act as cooling fins by wicking water from the reservoir. If you start the fan after the pads have dried out, it’s just creating hot air. Wait 5 to 15 seconds before filling your cooler.