Make Your Swamp Cooler Work Better

Swamp coolers are a very popular method of cooling during the Summer months on the Western Slope of Colorado because they work great in hot, dry climates, and can produce effective cooling at less cost than a standard air conditioner. Swamp coolers use a natural process of water evaporation with a simple air-moving system and will cool your space down very efficiently if you optimize the performance correctly. Follow these 5 steps to allow your swamp cooler to work the most efficiently.

Install Your Swamp Cooler Correctly

There is not one right way for swamp cooler installation. There are many different types of swamp coolers, and they are all installed differently. For larger coolers, like ones designed to cool an entire home, the swamp cooler installation process is more complex. These types of coolers will usually need to be mounted in an external wall with access to moving air. Swamp cooler installation for portable swamp coolers is more simple, as they just need to be plugged in, filled up, and turned on. Make sure to keep the water tank on your swamp cooler full, and the cooler should work to cool the air to the desired temperature. For more complex swamp cooler installation it may be a good idea to call a professional so that you don’t come across future issues.

Have A Window Open

Once you’ve gone through the swamp cooler installation process, it’s time let it do its job, and start cooling your desired space. Swamp coolers create moisture in order to create a cooling effect. If that moisture is able to build up in your home, your swamp cooler will become less effective. In order for the most sufficient cooling to take place the air being forced into a room/home needs an exit path, such as an open window. It is recommended to crack the window, not have them fully open, because you still want the majority of the cool air to stay circulating throughout the room or house. The general rule is a two square foot opening per 1000 cubic feet per minute (CFM ) the evaporative cooler provides.

Use It In The Right Conditions

Believe it or not, swamp coolers actually perform better when it’s warmer! In order for your swamp cooler to work the most efficiently, there needs to be a significant difference in temperature between cooling pads, the water, and the air. The humidity in the air should be less than 50 percent, which we don’t have a problem with here on the Western Slope of Colorado, in order for your swamp cooler to work the best it can.

Keep The Filters Clean

The main purpose of the water filter is to clear any impurities in order to maximize the evaporation. Swamp coolers exchange stale air for fresh air every one to three minutes. So, when your swamp cooler is running frequently during the Summer months the filter is picking up many different things from the air. Cleaning your filters will help keep the air you are breathing cleaner, and allow your swamp cooler to run more efficiently. If you are not able to clean the filters on your own, contact a professional for swamp cooler service.

Keep Up On Maintenance

In order to keep your swamp cooler running properly and efficiently, make sure to clean all of the components of your swamp cooler, and check that they are working correctly. It’s always a good idea to try and get this done before a heat wave. To make sure your swamp cooler is maintained properly, you should have a professional come out to perform swamp cooler service. This will also help extend the life of your swamp cooler unit.


A swamp cooler that runs properly and efficiently can make a big difference during the hot Summer months. For swamp cooler installation or swamp cooler service on the Western Slope of Colorado contact our professionals today!

Getting Your AC Ready for Spring and Summer

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Instead of waiting until the heat comes, get your air conditioning unit ready now. During the start of the summer months, we get a lot of calls for fixing air conditioning units, it’s best to inspect yours ahead of time.


Change the filter

Most people don’t change the filters in their air conditioners often enough. Before you start to use your unit, check to make sure the filter doesn’t need cleaned or replaced. You should be replacing the filter on your air conditioner once a month when it is in use. Some air conditioners have a permanent, reusable filter. If yours has a permanent filter, clean it once a month with a water and vinegar solution.

Clean the lines in your AC unit

The condensation lines in your air conditioning unit can become plugged up with debris. You really don’t want this to happen as this can cause a big mess. It can also be expensive to repair. A lot of times these lines become backed up due to algae growth. If it is not draining properly, you can use an algaecide to kill the algae growth.

Remove debris from around the unit

After a long season, a lot of things can grow around or even in the air conditioning unit. Look for tall grass, weeds, or vines that may be obstructing it. Be sure and remove any plants or other items that are blocking it and making your air conditioning less effective.

Clean the coils and fins on the outside of your AC unit

After sitting unused for a long period of time, your AC unit can collect a lot of dust and it is exposed to the elements, especially if you don’t use a cover. Disconnect the power and wash down the outside of your AC unit. If it is extra dirty, you can buy a specialized cleaner for your unit. To clean the fins, gently clean with a soft brush. Also try and straighten out any severely bent fins.


Do you want to get your air conditioning unit inspected before the hot weather hits? Contact us about getting your unit serviced. We also install new units and programmable thermostats.

SAM’S Heating  & Air Conditioning specializes in all HVAC-related services. Experience The Difference!

2726 Tender Drive, Montrose, CO
(970) 249-6790

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Our NATE Certified Technicians are happy to serve Montrose, CO and our neighbors in Grand Junction, Clifton, Mesa, Whitewater,  Delta, Olathe, Crawford, Austin, Cedaredge, Fruita, Palisade, Hotchkiss, Paonia, Orchard City, Ridgway, Colona, Ouray, Cory, Eckert, and Lazear.