Strategic Steps to Follow to Convert a Swamp Cooler to Air Conditioning

Strategic Steps to Follow to Convert a Swamp Cooler to Air Conditioning
Strategic Steps to Follow to Convert a Swamp Cooler to Air Conditioning

There are many differences between refrigerated air conditioning systems and swamp coolers. For example, the swamp cooler (also known as an evaporative cooler) utilizes pads soaked with water along with a fan to cool air brought in from outside, but the temperatures that are produced are reliant on the temperature and humidity of its outside environment. Refrigerated air, however, uses coolant to cool the air. The biggest difference between these systems is that a refrigerated air unit will provide the same temperature adjustment without relation to outside conditions. If your swamp cooler blows air through ducts, it can be converted to a part of your new central air conditioning system.

First, you need to decide if you would like to keep your evaporative cooler. These systems can be handy in regions where there is low humidity and dew points below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. These cooling systems are less expensive to operate than a central air conditioning unit and you may want to keep it as a backup plan should anything happen to your air conditioner that cannot be addressed right away. 

Next, you should contact your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) provider and have them come to your residence to advise you about the different options and the best solution to cooling your home. This representative will come and calculate the size of the unit necessary to proficiently cool your home. Sizing of the unit is of the utmost importance for keeping your home comfortable during the summer months. However, if you opt to get a system that is too large it might hinder its cooling capabilities due to the cycles being too short to be capable of alleviating the indoor atmosphere of unnecessary moisture. This can also result in your system wearing out more quickly than necessary.

You should arrange a time for you to meet your installers at your place of residence to place the new central air conditioning system in your home. This will help the process move along more quickly. Sometimes, it can take as long as an entire day to install your unit, so it may be necessary to take a day from work or entrust a family member or friend to be there to meet your technician. When you purchase a refrigerated air conditioning system, the installation cost is typically included. A licenced professional needs to charge the system due to regulations in regards to coolant handling. If you choose to install your central air conditioning system yourself, you are potentially voiding all warranties for the equipment that you have purchased.

You should turn off your swamp cooler as soon as the air conditioning system is up and operable. Close all windows, ceiling ducts or doors used with your previous cooling systems. Central air conditioning systems recirculate air and operate better in a closed environment, but evaporative cooling systems bring in fresh air consistently. If you really want to dispose of your swamp cooling system, there are a few ways you can do so. You could either put it up for sale, offer it to a charity program, or recycle it at your local scrap yard. It is important to seal any holes or cracks in the walls, roof, or windows to completely seal your residence.


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