How to Install a Car Swamp Cooler

If you need to keep cool inside your car, then one answer is the car swamp cooler. The swamp cooler uses water to increase the humidity in your car, meaning that the temperature will drop significantly. These devices are commonly used inside homes, and have always need popular, but they are less common inside cars or camper vans. There are many different ways of cooling your car, and you can simply have someone install a new fan system in your vehicle, but this can be pricey. If you have decided that the only air conditioning for you is a car swamp cooler, then you should be able to manage the installation yourself, although you will need some home improvement tools and a list of steps to follow.

Materials Needed

  • Portable Swamp Cooler
  • Bottled Water
  • Screwdriver

Step 1 - Purchase a Swamp Cooler

In order to install one in your car, you will need to purchase a suitable swamp cooler. Although you may find a car swamp cooler, which has been specially designed to fit in a traveling vehicle, you may also find small portable ones which can be fitted to a desk top or table. These could work just as well, and you may be able to find one which costs a lot less than a specially designed cooler. Look out for good deals whenever you can, as you can save yourself a lot of money by doing this.

Step 2 - Fit the Car Swamp Cooler

You may be able to find a suitable swamp cooler, and once you have done so, you should start by opening the driver's side door. Wind down the window, and place the swamp cooler over the top of the window pane. The window should then be rolled up, until it holds the cooler tightly at the top of the window frame. Don't push too hard, or you may damage either the window or the cooler.

Step 3 - Fit a Desk Cooler

If you have decided to buy a desk swamp cooler then you will need to install it onto the dashboard. You may need to make a suitable hole, or you may simply be able to screw it onto the top of the central panel, using your screwdriver to turn a vise like bolt.

Step 4 - Plug it In

Once you have fitted the cooler, put the bottle of water onto the back of the cooler, so that it drips down onto the tray in front. You can also add ice if you want the cooler to be super-effective. You should then close up the driver's side door. Take the electrical power cord from the cooler, and plug it into the power socket of your car, such as a cigarette lighter. You should pun the cord up so that it is not dangling around you while you drive. Turn on the cooler, and tune it to the right fan speed for your car.