How to `Air Balance` Your Evaporative Cooler
|What is "Air Balancing"?
your evaporative (swamp) cooler doesn't seem to be cooling
your house correctly, you may have parts
that need to be replaced. But before you get on the
roof and start tearing things apart, take a few minutes
and make sure your windows are open just right. For an
evaporative cooler to work correctly, all the air in your
home needs to be completely replaced every
few minutes. It's also important that the air circulates
to the furthest window from the cooler. If windows are
shut, or not open evenly, parts or all of your house will
not be cooled, and the cooler motor will just be working
too hard trying to force air into a closed home.
How to Air Balance Your Home
Cut a tissue into three narrow strips.
Turn your cooler onto "HIGH COOL"
Start with opening each window in your home 6".
At the furthest window from your cooler,
lay one of the strips of tissue against the screen.
of 3 things will happen:
- The tissue will firmly plaster itself against
the window screen. This means too much air is
getting out this window. Open every window in
your house another inch, and re-test.
- The tissue won't stick at all and falls to the
ground. This means air from the cooler isn't even
getting to the window. Try closing all your windows
one or two inches more and try again. Keep using
this formula until correct.
- The tissue will lay gently, clinging to the
screen. This means all the air being forced into
your home is being correctly let out, and is cooling
your home evenly. Mark your windows where they
need to be open, so it's easy to tell each time
the cooler is turned on.
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