How To Pick The Best Swamp Cooler For Your Home

Craving an arctic blast on a hot summer day? At Polar Bear Mechanical, we know that when temperatures peak, staying cool is essential. As one of the best HVAC companies in Colorado Springs, we’re passionate about providing top-tier HVAC services to the community. Whether it be through installing an air conditioning unit, replacing a water heater or installing a swamp cooler, our team of HVAC professionals is committed to ensuring your HVAC systems run efficiently. 

Swamp coolers, also known as evaporative coolers, are a great solution to cooling your home. Designed to intake warm air and cool it through an intricately designed system, swamp coolers are able to cool homes that need a blast of cool air. However, because swamp coolers come in a variety of makes and sizes, it can be difficult to determine which type is best for your home. Our team of knowledgeable HVAC specialists have compiled a list of important aspects to consider when picking out the best swamp cooler for your home.  

How Do Swamp Coolers Work?

Swamp coolers use unique technology to cool a home to a desired temperature. Through a series of small rubber pipes, water is used to dampen evaporative cooler pads. A fan then draws in warm, outside air and pushes it through the moist pads, which instantly decreases the temperature of the air. Once the air is cooled through the evaporative pads, it is pushed out of the unit and released through a front vent. This simple process streamlines cooling your home. By only using water and electricity, your home can be cooled by just a flip of a switch. 


Swamp coolers work best in warm climates with low humidity. Because their intricate systems use a series of wet filter pads to cool air, climates with too high of humidity will only result in becoming more humid rather than cooling your space to the desired temperature. It is recommended to only use a swamp cooler if your region does not exceed over 60 percent humidity. Swamp coolers are ideal for residents in our western and southernmost states. If you reside in other areas of the country, consider installing an air conditioner instead to help keep your space as cool as the arctic.   

Size of Space

One of the most important aspects to consider when determining which type of swamp cooler is best for you is the size of the space you wish to cool. While keeping an entire home a set temperature would be ideal, swamp coolers vary in the square footage they can keep cool. If you have a larger home, you may want to consider installing multiple smaller swamp coolers to efficiently keep your space cool. 

CFM Rating

A great way to determine which evaporative cooler is right for you is by taking into consideration the unit’s CFM (cubic feet per minute) rating, which indicates how much air the swamp cooler can handle. The higher the CFM rating, the larger of an area it can cool. To use this universal rating, measure the space that you wish to be cooled and compare it to a swamp cooler’s CFM rating. The CFM rating is commonly found on the box, or can be located through a simple Google search.

Which Type Of Swamp Cooler Is Best For Me?

Searching for the best swamp cooler to cool your home can quickly become overwhelming. With so many types and sizes, different swamp coolers each offer a variety of features and abilities. With an abundance of options, you can find the perfect unit that will help you achieve your desired temperature in spaces both big and small. 

  1. Portable Swamp Cooler
    • These coolers are ideal for managing smaller spaces. Because they’re portable, they’re easy to move from room to room so you’re able to change which space is being cooled. Portable swamp coolers also work great in tandem with an AC unit to keep your home extra cool.
  2. Down Discharge Cooler
    • Installed directly onto the roof, down discharge coolers draw outside air and deposit it from above into the desired area. Usually installed into the roof, this model uses gravity to allow for a more effective cooling system. Larger down discharge coolers are able to manage larger homes and keep your indoor temperature cool.
  3. Window Swamp Cooler
    • Window swamp coolers are great for cooling a specific room in your home. They are mounted in a window where the unit can directly draw in outside air, and expel the cooled air into your home. This type of a swamp cooler requires minimal alterations to install, making it a favorite among homeowners.
  4. Side Discharge Cooler 
    • Side discharge coolers are the largest type of swamp cooler available. Able to cool an entire home, these coolers are installed so that the cooled air is directed into the attic. They can be installed on the side of a home or on the roof depending on the preference of the homeowner.

Keep Your Home Cool With Polar Bear Mechanical

There are many factors to consider when deciding what type of swamp cooler is best for your home. If you are feeling overwhelmed with the many options of swamp coolers available, Polar Bear Mechanical is here to help! Whether you want our advice on the type of swamp cooler that would work best for your space, or would like us to replace your existing swamp cooler, we are committed to ensuring your home is comfortable. Contact our knowledgeable team today to bring on those icy temperatures. 

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