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What is a swamp cooler?
Before learning about the benefits of a swamp cooler, let’s take a look at what a swamp cooler is and what it does. The term swamp cooler is the informal name for an evaporative cooler. This device uses the evaporation of water to cool the air in a space. Unlike traditional air conditioning systems that use vapor-compression or absorption refrigeration cycles, swamp coolers simply use water evaporation.
Swamp coolers go through four main steps to cool the air in your home:
- Water is brought into the bottom of the swamp cooler by the water supply valve
- A pump pulls the water through the water distribution lines to the evaporative cooler pads
- The blower motor pulls the warm air into the swamp cooler through the evaporative cooler pads
- The blower forces the cool air through the vents and into your home
The Benefits of a Swamp Cooler
In comparison to other cooling options, swamp coolers are fairly inexpensive. The setup and operating costs are much cheaper and they don’t require nearly as much energy. Unlike air conditioning systems, swamp coolers operate with just a water pump and a fan.
Window air conditioning units can cost between $350 and $1,200, ductless air conditioning units between $1,800 and $2,500, and central air conditioning upwards of $8,000 after installation costs. The majority of air conditioning units require professional installation, while most swamp coolers can be installed yourself. Window swamp coolers cost between $400 and $1,000, direct air swamp coolers between $700 and $900, and whole house swamp coolers around $3,900 after installation. The only swamp cooler that requires professional installation is whole house unit and it still is half the price of the similar air conditioning unit.
Swamp coolers require regular maintenance to keep them functioning at their best. This includes keeping the unit filled with water and changing the pads when needed. Because the maintenance is rather simple, it can often be done yourself and does not cost much. Air conditioners, on the other hand, require cleaning, changed filters, and changed chemicals. This maintenance can cost between $70 and $100 a year, but if parts fail it can be much more expensive. Yearly repairs for an air conditioning unit can cost between $250 and $2,000. Although swamp cooler maintenance is required more often, air conditioners are much more expensive to maintain.
Perfect for Dry Climates
If you live in a low humidity area, a swamp cooler is your best cooling option. Swamp coolers help control humidity by adding moisture to the air in dry climates. When the house is cooled and moisture is brought in, your home feels much more comfortable. On the other hand, air conditioners actually remove moisture. In a dry climate, an air conditioner can make the air too dry and cause your eyes and skin to become very dry.
Good for the Environment
Air conditioning units use refrigerant or cooling chemicals that have CO2 emissions, while swamp coolers only use water. As the air conditioner runs, the chemicals are converted to liquid or gas and greenhouse gasses such as CO2 are released. These chemicals are harmful to both the environment and the air you breathe. Swamp coolers are much safer for the environment and your family.
If you have ever owned an air conditioning unit, you know how loud they can be. All of that noise comes from the condenser in the unit. When it converts the chemicals from liquid to gas, a lot of sounds are released. Swamp coolers, however, are much more quiet in operation.
Contact Louie’s Ace Home Center For More Information
Now that you know all about the benefits of swamp coolers, you’re ready to get one for yourself. Louie’s Ace Home Center has a great selection of swamp coolers and experienced professionals to answer all of your questions. Come on by our store to check out our units and get your questions answered. Contact us today!
The Debate is on!
Summer means two things; charcoal or gas grills. Whichever you lean toward, there are a couple of things to consider on your to-do list before shopping for a grill. Before heading down to Louie’s ACE consider the cost, convenience, safety, and flavor.
- Charcoal- having to mess with briquettes, inhaling starter fuel, and having to wait for the coals to turn orange can be a hassle. After the grilling has been done, the clean-up can be very messy with all of the ash left at the bottom of the grill.
- Gas- gas grills start with a simple knob turn and the heat source is adjustable. As for clean-up, turn to off and a scrub with a metal brush.
Grill and Operating Cost
When thinking about basic models, charcoal grills will be less expensive than gas grills. When considering the operating cost between the two, it is less expensive to have a gas grill. Gas grills run on either natural gas or propane canisters and it is less expensive to operate a gas grill than a charcoal grill since charcoal is an expensive fuel type.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, more accidents happen with charcoal grills than gas grills but serious injuries are said to occur with gas grills. Charcoal grills are light in weight and tend to tip over more often than gas grills. For the most part, injuries occur due to the use of starter fuel.
Fuel the Flames Responsibly
When starting the grill, people tend to put too much fuel on charcoal causing huge flare ups. Avoid adding more fuel to the charcoal after it has already been lit. Also, buying charcoal that has already been soaked in starter fuel can reduce the risk of injuries with charcoal grills.
As for gas grills the use of starter fuel is out of the picture but there are some things to consider. Always read the user manual before operating your grill and learn basics like how to turn it on and off properly. Be mindful of leaving the gas on too long before pressing the ignition button could cause a flare up. Make sure there are no leaks coming from the gas container or hoses before you start the grill.
For more on safety ask the good folks at Louie’s Ace for assistance.
Flavor- It is all up to your taste buds
This part is really up to you and your guests. If you are looking for the smoky taste, then charcoal grills are the way to go. This type of grill is considered to have a more natural flavor. By adding flavored wood chips to charcoal grills, you will have everyone asking for seconds and maybe thirds! Charcoal grills are more convenient for red meats whereas gas grills are better for chicken, fish, and veggies.
Which side are you on?
If it still seems like a tough call, contact Louie’s Ace or come on in and ask one of our friendly staff members.
If you’re a newbie to lawn fertilizer, then the numbers listed on the bag may seem like a foreign language. These three numbers are known as fertilizer ratios, and by understanding what each number means, you can improve the appearance and longevity of your lawn.
Each of the three numbers listed on the front of the bag of fertilizer represents nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. These are essential elements in growing a beautiful lawn. Together they are known as NPK ratios, and are indicated using their element symbols that you may remember from chemistry class. Each one serves a different purpose in ensuring your grass grows green.
- Nitrogen (N): An essential element for plant growth, this element ensures your grass is plush and vibrantly green. Without enough nitrogen, grass will turn a yellow-green tinge and will hardly grow.
- Phosphorous (P): This element stimulates the grass at its roots. By having adequate phosphorous levels you ensure that your grass grows fast and without discoloration.
- Potassium (K): A major component in guaranteeing your lawn will withstand the elements; potassium strengthens each blade of grass making it more resistant to potential diseases.
Which Ratio To Choose
NPK ratios apply to all types of fertilizer, but there are certain specifications to follow for lawns and all of the different conditions the lawn may be in.
- New Lawn: For a new lawn, it’s important that both phosphorous and potassium be the larger percentage of the ratio. New lawns require more attenti on to the health of their roots, and of course strength in order to grow full and plush. Using ratios like these should be short lived as phosphorous ultimately leads to major environmental issues.
- Existing Lawn: With an existing lawn, the roots are most likely strong and established. Because of this, the phosphorous and potassium levels don’t need to be quite as high as those needed for a new lawn. Nitrogen is cheaper in comparison to phosphorous and potassium as well, so fertilizer with this kind of ratio is not only best for your existing lawn, but your wallet as well.
- Strained Lawn: As mentioned before, potassium provides strength to your lawn. In extreme weather, a fertilizer with a high potassium percentage will help it to push through harsh weather conditions. Use a fertilizer with high potassium levels before the peak of summer heat, and winter freeze for best results.
Be sure to visit Louie’s ACE Home Center for all your lawn fertilizer questions and needs!
What’s Cooler than Being Cool?
For those on the fence, we put together a list of the best reasons to buy a swamp cooler this summer.
Monthly Operating Costs
Let’s be honest, sometimes one of the best reasons to get a swamp cooler in Fallon is to save money. According to ConsumerEnergyCenter.org, swamp coolers use up to 75 percent less energy than air conditioning, saving on average about $150 a year. Use those savings for the next vacation with family and friends.
Choose Where Cool Happens
An air conditioner will generally take longer to cool the house and it may take a while to meet your level of comfort and satisfaction. Mobile swamp coolers eliminate that problem by targeting your area of recreation, cooling the air in a few minutes.
This benefit is for those choosing a mobile swamp cooling system.
Big Swamp Coolers are Much Cheaper than a New Air Condition System
For those considering a big swamp cooler to replace an air conditioning unit, you’ll find the savings to be worth it. According to the National Association of Home Builders, a big swamp cooler costs between $700 and $1,000, whereas central air conditioning units tend to cost several thousand dollars.
Better for a Dry Climate
Simply put, swamp coolers use moisture to produce fresh, clean air. Nevada has always been a dry climate, but adding a little moisture to your room can benefit your skin’s complexion.
If you’re ready to join the swamp cooler revolution, come in to Louie’s ACE Home Center today and ask us how we can keep you cool this summer.