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Types Of Evaporative Coolers

Evaporative coolers, also commonly referred to as swamp coolers, are an alternative home cooling option that evaporate cold water and use a series of fans to increase humidity and bring down the temperature in a room. This makes them the ideal cooling option for areas with excessive dry heat. However, there are several different types of available evaporative coolers available on the market, all of which are slightly different from each other and thus offer a different set of features. Understanding the differences between the available types of evaporative coolers can help you choose the one that best fits your needs.


Portable Coolers: Portable evaporative coolers, like their name would suggest, can be taken with you and provide cooling to the room in which they are installed. Although they are not terribly powerful or efficient, they are affordable, and can work in tandem with a larger cooling option and can even be taken outside. 

Window Coolers: Window evaporative coolers are designed to provide cooling to a single room within your home, and are installed within a window frame of your home. Like portable coolers, they are not very powerful, but cannot be moved to different areas of your home like portable coolers can be. 

Side Discharge Coolers: Side discharge evaporative coolers are designed to cool down your entire home, and are installed on the side of your home. Extremely powerful and efficient, these types of units can work in place of a central air conditioning unit. However, because they are installed on the side of your home, they may require structural support to be installed at the same time, driving up installation costs. 

Down Discharge Coolers: Though basically the same in function and feature as side discharge coolers, side discharge coolers are installed on the roof and serve your entire home. Their rooftop installation means that they are less complex to install. 

Filter Type

Fiber: Fiber evaporative filters are made out of organic materials, like cellulose, and tend to be the most affordable type of filter available (though price varies depending on the type of material the filter is made out of). However, fiber filters need to be regularly cleaned or replaced (again depending on material) over time due to general usage, which drives up your long-run maintenance costs.

Rigid: Rigid filters are made out of thicker materials than fiber filters, such as polyester. Their increased thickness translates into a higher durability, and means that they do not need to be cleaned or replaced as regularly as their fiber counterparts need to be (though this does depend on usage). However, rigid filters tend to be much more expensive than fiber filters, which makes them the less-than-ideal choice for homeowners with a restrictive budget. Visit for more information.