|Jun 30, 2002
|July 02, 2002
|Aug 16, 2002
|July 24, 2003
How long does it take to build my own cooler?
Build time for a single
room swamp cooler is a few hours, a few days (building a platform etc.) for
a large swamp cooler suitable to cool a large house.
Can I use this cooler
design on a large scale?
Several people have asked
if my plans can be used to cool large warehouses or large stores? technically
the answer is yes, but finding inexpensive fans large enough for a single
or multiple units is out of the realm of most commonly available parts
(becoming industrial in grade) and the price goes up quickly. Secondly,
as the owner of your own residential property you may basically do as you
please in matters of home improvement. But, in commercial work, the
rules are commonly more strict and it may be easier to buy an industrial
commercial unit. Factories commonly use room sized evaporative coolers (technically
correct name for swamp coolers) as a cost effective cooling solution so I
do not see why my
design could not be adapted.
Can this cooler design run without electricity?
Other people have asked
if this design can be used without electricity. The answer is yes, my design
lends itself nicely to this application compared to commercial units.
These types of designs
are explained using several
techniques in the appendix.
What skills are required to build a cooler?
Minimum skills needed to build your own swamp cooler is the about the same if you bought a commercial swamp cooler and installed and repaired it yourself. This is not a project for people who cannot use common hand/power tools or cannot electrically install a major home appliance. Minimum Power tools required are a jigsaw and a drill. Hand tools needed are nothing more than what most people use in home repair.
Why should I use a swamp
cooler rather than an air conditioner?
This is rather a moot
question considering that cooling my house with forced air A/C, the last
time I checked at Home Depot, required I replace my current furnace
and install an outdoor heat pump. The cost of this "little" upgrade started
at $2500 for the A/C unit and would eventually go a lot higher. If you are
reading this, chances are you are sitting in a 90+ degree house, do not have
an A/C installed, and can't afford to install one. I was in such a
condition when I designed my swamp cooler over twelve years ago. As seen earlier, swamp coolers (SC) use 1/10 the power and are easier
and less costly to maintain. A/C can remove humidity from the air.
In a dry climate this is unwanted. SCs add humidity. A/C is a closed system,
indoor air pollution could be increased. SCs constantly replace indoor air.
SCs do not require ducting to distribute.
*some parts bought used, your prices may vary.
All writings, pictures and designs copyrighted 2002 Tim Fyock/The Future Company. Patents Pending. All rights reserved worldwide.