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Keep your home cool during the hot months without the costs associated with running your air conditioner non-stop. Maintain a comfortable atmosphere in your space using an evaporative cooler from Ace Hardware. We carry evaporative air conditioners for spaces of all sizes.

Read this quick guide to learn about the variety of options and sizes we carry so you can find the swamp cooler solution that's perfect for your needs.

What's an Evaporative Cooler and How Does It Work?

Also known as a swamp cooler, an evaporative cooler provides a cost-effective, eco-friendly way to maintain a pleasant environment when temperatures rise. A portable evaporative cooler offers an alternative to conventional air conditioning and lowers indoor temperatures by combining the benefits of the natural cooling properties of moisture with an energy-efficient air moving system. An evap cooler uses only a fan, water and a pump to cool air.

Benefits of Evaporative Air Conditioners

While a swamp cooler effectively cools off a space, it also helps to remove dust and allergens from the air. Around the same size as a room air conditioner, a portable evaporative air cooler offers the following benefits:

  • Uses less electricity than a conventional air conditioning system.
  • Can be powered by a standard 120-volt wall outlet. 
  • Keeps temperatures cool without harming the environment.

Types of Swamp Coolers

Swamp coolers can be used as primary air conditioning sources or in conjunction with existing air conditioning units. Most evaporative coolers designed for whole-house cooling are mounted directly to the roof and blow air downward, while smaller models are mounted through walls or windows and blow air in through the sides of the units. Consider the size of space where you plan to use the swamp cooler when selecting an efficient model for your needs. Find the following evaporative air conditioner models in our collection:

Portable Swamp Coolers

Portable swamp cooler models are designed for home use and feature compact construction and easy portability. Aside from their user-friendly features, portable evaporative coolers with high cubic feet per minute (CFM) capacities effectively cool large spaces with ease. Simply plug the unit into a wall outlet to quickly cool a room.

Window and Wall Evaporative Coolers

These evaporative air conditioners are compact in size and made to cool single rooms or garages. Window evaporative coolers are permanently installed and hooked up to your home's water supply. They provide increased comfort without sacrificing your wallet.

Down Draft and Side Draft Evaporative Coolers

A whole-house cooling solution, down draft and side draft evaporative coolers offer a complete alternative to central air. Down draft swamp coolers are typically installed on roofs and discharge cool air down into the rest of the home. Side draft swamp coolers are often installed on the sides of buildings or mounted on roofs. They direct cool airflow through attic spaces or roof openings to discharge cool air down into the space.

Would a Swamp Cooler be Effective for Your Climate?

Swamp coolers are most effective in hot, dry climates where humidity levels are relatively low. If you live in a warm, humid area that's heavily saturated with moisture, browse our selection of portable air conditioners. Portable air conditioners provide cost-effective alternatives to conventional central air conditioning. Unlike evaporative coolers that lower temperatures by adding humidity to spaces, portable air conditioners cool the environment by removing excess levels of humidity.

If you're looking for help finding the best way to cool your space, drop by your local Ace for expert tips from our knowledgeable staff.