Swamp Cooler Replacement

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Swamp Cooler Replacement

My swamp cooler has been on top of the house since 1982 and needs to be replaced. I have a 2-story house with about 800 square feet on both floors. The cooler has two drops to the upper floor. I thought I'd check here for ideas and info.

1. Where can I find info about the latest in swamp cooler technology?

2. Current cooler is 6800 CFM with 2-speed motor. That probably should work for the new one as well, or?

3. Are the newer fiber pads more efficient for cooling than the aspen shredded pads? Any advantages or disadvantages of one type over the other?

4. I heard some coolers have a "pre-cooler", the purpose of which is to reduce the water content of the air blown into the house. Is this true?

5. I am looking for a cooler made from fiberglass or something that doesn't rust.

6. What are a couple of GOOD coolers I should be considering? I live in a very small town and have absolutely no advise from the people here.

Any opinions, ideas or advice would really be appreciated.
 
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Old 07-14-06, 05:07 PM
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Check out website removed, it has all the makers of evap coolers , on this site.
 

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Just my opinion, but have you considered mounting a side draft or window mount in the bottom floor. Since hot air tends to rise the roof mount is trying to force warm air out the bottom floor that is wanting to go upstairs anyway. Assuming the bedrooms are upstairs, you could keep bedroom windows cracked open when no one is sleeping and open lower windows to keep downstairs cool during the day and close lower windows at nite to force cool air to bedrooms. Just a thought to let natural air movement aid the cooler.
#1- The only technology I've seen is a remote control
#2-If the old one was cooling well,6800 should be fine.
#3- Maybe I'm set in my ways, but I still prefer the aspen pads. The kindest thing to do for any cooler is a bleed off kit to keep mineral from building up in the water.
#4-I haven't heard of the "pre-cooler". Maybe this is "new technology".
#5- I know of only one brand that has all plastic parts. They are quite pricey and it appears I can't tell you the name on this site. A thorough cleaning in the spring along w/ a coating of roof tar in the water reservoir will help prevent rust. I'm of the opinion the bleed off kit helps prevent rust by keeping the water from becoming corrosive. I'm in the fourth season w/ a bleed off and haven't had any rust problem w/ no use of tar at all.
#6- Refer back to #5. Apparently use of brand/co. names is verboten.
Hope this all helps and you,re not confused,
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Unfortunately, little chance exists with the house layout to mount a sidedraft on the first floor. If I could, I just might, so I don't have to pay somebody to climb up a 2-story roof with a helluva pitch to maintain the cooler.

You are absolutely right about rising hot air. The War Dept. insists upon raising the garage door about a foot to "let the hot air out". The garage has an 11-foot ceiling, btw, and no matter what I tell her, the hot air is never going to go to the floor and out the crack.

To get around the automated censoring of websites, I usually replace the "." with the word "dot". If that doesn't work, several other alternatives exist. Examples:

"nowheredotcom"

"nowheredotmoc", "nowheredotgro", "nowhere dot vog", "nowhere and the usual dotcom", dotorg, etc.

Also works for email: "myemailatnowheredotcom"

you get the idea.

With that in mind, perhaps those who took the time to reply can do it again??

Thanks in advance
 
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To get around the automated censoring of websites,
With that in mind, perhaps those who took the time to reply can do it again??

Thanks in advance
Those sites were just links you could find by typing Swamp Cooler in Google. Give it a little more time there are a few more guys in here that are really good with swamp coolers.
 
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Type in essickairdotcom on google,find rotobelt cooler in residential coolers. This is the one I mentioned that has all plastic parts that water contacts.Wifes aunt has one of these and I rigged a small fountain pump in it to bleed off our high mineral water. Belts are staying clean this year. By end of summer last year they were grey w/ mineral buildup.I know I sound like I'm on a pulpit,but the bleed off makes a heck of a difference by keeping mineral buildup in water to a minimum.Also type in evaporative cooler,there are lots to choose from.
Thanks for the dotcom tip,nice to know.
Mike
 
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Most of the coolers now go at 6500CFM. The chart show that they will cover a 2200sq ft home.
That Essickair you talked about, only go's up to 5602 CFM has the polyester filters.
Dont know if you can buy from Granger or not They have them . Also have the cleaning system pump set up . It works on a timer and every 6 hr it changes the water in the unit
High on the roof that is hard to work on. Check out the Alpine line . They have window coolers . Maybe say 2 smaller ones on the first floor ??

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