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View Poll Results: When did your swamp cooler get turned on? (2012)
Jan 1-Apr 14 2 4.55%
Apr 15-Apr 30 8 18.18%
May 1-May 15 8 18.18%
May 16-May 31 8 18.18%
June 5 11.36%
I have refrigerated air and don't need one. 9 20.45%
I don't have a cooler at all. 1 2.27%
What's a swamp cooler? 3 6.82%
Voters: 44. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-27-2012, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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Default When did your swamp cooler get turned on?

Since there seems to be a lack of consensus, thought it'd be useful to post a poll.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Old Town
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I don't have a swamp cooler. But, I'll be turning on my 73 year old fathers today. He's always turned it on memorial weekend.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:51 PM
 
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I said June b/c we haven't turned it on yet. We have ceiling fans t/o the house and it hasn't been the least bit uncomfortable yet.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:38 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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We hooked ours up on April 21st -- the earliest we've ever done this. Usually we hook up in early to mid-May (even waited until the 1st week of June a couple of years ago), but the weather seemed to be warmer earlier this year and we were too uncomfortable so we did it early.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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When temps in the house get above 80.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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The last three years I have done it mid to late June, this year I did it this weekend because we have company.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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We started ours early to mid May because it's our first year with it (bought the house last year and didn't get in until October) so we weren't sure if we would need further maintenance. We have dogs and also wasn't sure how hot it would get. With our ceiling fans, we've only turned it on a few times but it's pretty cool in general in here. A far cry from our rental that had floor to ceiling 2-story windows and it's just as bright! The rental had refrigerated air and our July and August bills were over $300. So far, our PNM bill is half what it was in the rental at this time of year. Hopefully, this is our new reality!
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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The poll results are pretty interesting.

So far it looks like >75% of respondents who have swamp coolers did them prior to Memorial Day by at least a week.

50% did them prior to Memorial Day by at least 3 weeks.

Can't say the whole "everybody does their swamp cooler on Memorial Day" sentiment is borne out with this poll.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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When temps in the house get above 80.
Same here. We've hit 79, but by then it's 78 outside. Outside, it's hit 89, but it was only 73-ish inside.

My definition of "get above" is when it gets above 80 around 3 pm with the likelyhood
of another five degrees. The early evening spike doesn't count. The walls and roof
start radiating inside most severely when the outside temps are sinking fast.

I've hooked up the water lines, cleaned it out, and put power to the fans
on the twin units. So far, I've been running the fans from the time the
outside temp < inside temp till about 3 am or so.

With the sun setting so far North of West, the swampers on the South
wall are in shade for an hour or so before sunset - making for decent
conditions for all the hooking and cleaning and stuff like that.

Leak checking has not taken place, but I put all new brass fittings on last year.
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The rental had refrigerated air and our July and August bills were over $300.
That shows you the value of good insulation.

The biggest bill we ever had in Chandler - with lots of times the temps were well over 110 - was $170 one July.
That was a big old 2650 sq ft house.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Sandia Park, NM
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We haven't started ours up yet, so I chose "June" too. Out here in the East Mountains it hasn't been that hot yet, and the nights are still plenty cool. We probably will do the summer prep in the next couple of weeks, just in case we do decide we need it.
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