New Mexico is a very unique climate and one of the few areas where evaporative cooling works well. However, it is important to note that there are usually a few months out of the year that evaporative cooling simply doesn’t get the job done. June and July can be miserable if temperatures and humidity are high. Also, in early spring and late summer, there can be days when it is both hot and cold. With all of this information in mind, we have put together a list of the respective benefits of Refrigerated Air and Evaporative Cooling.

Benefits of Evaporative Cooling
Evaporative coolers, also called “swamp coolers”, are the classic method of cooling homes in the Albuquerque area. Evaporative coolers can typically lower the temperature in your home by about 10 to 12 degrees.

Energy Efficient

Evaporative coolers use a lot less electricity than refrigerated air conditioning.


Evaporative swap coolers operate for less money than an air conditioner.

Fresh Air

Evaporative coolers work best by circulating outside air throughout the home. It ensures that your air is fresh and doesn’t become stale.

The average relative humidty % rates for the Albuquerque area are as follows:

The Benefits of Refrigerated Air Conditioning
Refrigerated air conditioning or central air conditioning has become an increasingly popular way to cool the home in New Mexico. Some of the benefits of central air conditioning include:

Temperature Control

Allows you to maintain a consistent temperature regardless of outdoor humidity.

Low Maintenance

Little maintenance when switching from heating to cooling from season to season.

Air Quality Filtration

Allows you to attach an air filtration or purification system to remove pollen and allergens from your home.

Are you Considering Making the Switch to Refrigerated Air?

Ductless air conditioning, heat pumps, central air systems – deciding which refrigerated air system is right for you can be difficult, but the HVAC technicians at TLC are here to help. There are two main types of refrigerated air conditioning systems:

How Much Does it Cost to Convert to Refrigerated Air?

There are many factors to consider when pricing a conversion to refrigerated air conditioning. However, TLC has provided a chart with average starting costs for a refrigerated air conversion. The chart below is intended as an informational guideline only. This is not a quote.

New Financing Options Available

PNM has recently partnered with local Credit Unions to offer financing opportunities to upgrade to refrigerated air conditioning. TLC is an approved vendor for this program and is working with these local credit unions to offer Cool Comfort Loans for converting to refrigerated air conditioning. Learn more

TLC provides honest, accurate, free estimates for our work. The great thing about TLC is that we have Albuquerque electricians and HVAC contractors all under one roof to provide you with a seamless installation, conversion or upgrade. Contact us for a free estimate today.