Is My Rusty Swamp Cooler a Problem?

You may have noticed rust and corrosion on your standard metal swamp cooler. Swamp cooler rust is a common problem for New Mexico homeowners. It’s largely due to our state-wide hard water problem, but the swamp cooler industry has undergone some changes that make it worse. Why are swamp coolers rusting through so quickly? Hard water has always been a … Read More

What is the best swamp cooler?

Swamp coolers are popular in dry, arid climates like New Mexico because they’re cost-effective and eco-friendly. But what are the best swamp cooler brands? Swamp coolers (also called evaporative coolers) are a great choice for those of us who live in drier climates. They have been and remain popular, but lately, the industry has experienced some struggles. The quality of … Read More

5 Spring Swamp Cooler Tips

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Spring is right around the corner. Even though New Mexico weather is unpredictable, there’s no doubt it’s getting warmer. Cooling season is almost here! That’s why we asked Lenny to share his best tips for the start of cooling season.

How a Swamp Cooler Thermostat can Make Your Home More Comfortable

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If you have a swamp cooler in your home, you are familiar with the balancing act of keeping the house cool. You have to pay attention to the temperature, monitor the fan speed and open and close windows. Basically, you’re the thermostat. It doesn’t have to be this way! You can control the temperature in your home by installing a … Read More

How to Clean Swamp Cooler Pads


If you have a Mastercool or Aerocool, cleaning your swamp cooler pads is something that should be done on an annual basis. It is best to do this when you first turn on your swamp cooler for the year. Cleaning your pads is a fairly simple process that can make a big difference. If you find that your swamp cooler … Read More

Why does my swamp cooler smell like fish?


As you know, your swamp cooler works by using water to moisten your swamp cooler pads, so that as the air moves through the wet pad, it cools down the air while also adding some humidity to your home’s dry air. Because the pads use water, this can sometimes cause them to smell over time, like a kitchen sponge. You’ve … Read More

Hard Water and Your Swamp Cooler


Hard water and your swamp cooler problems If you have a swamp cooler and have hard water you need to be very diligent about cleaning your swamp cooler and reducing scale build up.  Your comfort depends on it.  Did you know that the average water in the City of Albuquerque is approximately 12 grains hard? If you live in Rio … Read More

Swamp Cooler vs. Refrigerated Air Conditioning


One of the biggest reasons most homeowners in New Mexico choose to convert to refrigerated air is temperature control. As the temperatures rise you may be wondering if you should convert to central air conditioning. With temperatures reaching a high point this time of year, you can easily feel the difference in cooling between swamp coolers and air conditioning. Swamp … Read More

How Do Swamp Coolers Work?

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Swamp cooling or evaporative cooling, is a popular, cost effective way to cool your home here in the southwest. Swamp cooling works best in the hot dry climates like New Mexico. Basic swamp cooler function starts with a pan filled with water that will automatically fill as water evaporates. The water is pumped from the pan to a pad which … Read More

3 Common Swamp Cooler Problems

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Cooler weather has finally arrived, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about your swamp cooler. You’re going to need it when it gets warm again!

Swamp Cooler 101: Getting Your Cooler Ready for Summer


If you’re new to New Mexico or you’ve recently moved to a home with a swamp cooler you may be unfamiliar with this type of air conditioning or cooling. Swamp coolers or “evaporative coolers” are easy to operate but do require maintenance at the beginning and end of each season.

Swamp Cooler Conversion Efficient Solution


To Convert or not to Convert? In Albuquerque, actually New Mexico in general, we’ve all grown up with the ol’ swamp cooler pumping cool air into our homes. On a hot dry day, we could always expect to get 10 or 15 degrees of cooling depending on the relative humidity. Now however, it seems that a lot of people are … Read More

How to Troubleshoot Your Swamp Cooler

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If you’re cooler doesn’t seem to be putting out enough air, there are a few simple things to check before you call TLC. The first thing is to make sure the damper has been removed. The damper is usually a sheet of metal, similar to a cookie sheet, that is installed in a slot somewhere in the duct at or … Read More