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Old 03-18-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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Default Mastercool? How well do they actuall work?

We are considering renting a house in El Paso that has a mastercool swamp cooler but I'm a little concerned about how well they actually work. I've heard that swamp coolers do pretty much nothing once it gets above 95 with even the slightest humidity. However, I've also heard that Mastercool swamp coolers are a lot better than most and are almost as good as refrigerated air. Anyone out there able to speak on any of this?
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:57 PM
 
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I wouldnt say they are as good as Refrigerated air, but the do work better than normal swamp coolers. I remember when my school back in the day switched from normal swamp coolers to Master Cools and we could definitely notice a difference.
But recently in my house we switched from normal swamp coolers to refrigerated air. I'm glad I did.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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We are considering renting a house in El Paso that has a mastercool swamp cooler but I'm a little concerned about how well they actually work. I've heard that swamp coolers do pretty much nothing once it gets above 95 with even the slightest humidity. However, I've also heard that Mastercool swamp coolers are a lot better than most and are almost as good as refrigerated air. Anyone out there able to speak on any of this?
I replaced my swamp cooler and it was better. Once the heat goes above the 100 it is not as good but still bearable. With ceiling fans and a master cooler we are fine even though we have my mother-in-law. She is 90 and does not complain about the weather having a master cooler. We do have a couple of refrigerated air window units in our bedrooms. At times we do not turn on the swamp cooler when we are not doing much in the rest of the house so we just use the window unit. So a combination of ceiling fans, master cooler, and window unit, we do fine, take care.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:09 PM
 
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I am eliminating the 2 swamp coolers that I currently have and replacing them with refrigerated air. I had the option of going with master cools, but since I am spending the money might as well go the extra mile. Once it heats up I know I will be glad I spent the extra money.

These cooling units (master cool) require constant air flow. You will have to leave a few windows open for them to cool properly. Since it has been warm the last few weeks its kind of giving El Pasoans an idea of what's to come. I'm really not looking forward to it.
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:06 PM
 
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We had regular 4 sided swamp coolers in the house when we moved in. They had not been taken care of and were pretty bad. Later, switched to Master Cools. They did better than the swamps. We switched to Ref. about 6 years ago and never regretted it. You still got to take care of them but they are not nearly the pain of the old swamp coolers. The lime crud still is a problem, especially on the Westside.
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Glory Road - El Paso, Texas (R.O)
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Not to derail the thread but who did you guys go with to convert your A/C's to refridgerated? I'm still considering it.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:17 PM
 
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King's Air is who we used. I was happy with them and the price was fair. We also had to replace a forced air furnace. Fortunately, our duct work was workable. BTW, it was the same price to have them put on the ground as having a crane put them up on the roof. I don't like climbing around on the roof as it can be dangerous and it is bad for the shingles. Never regretted that decision as well. Hopes this helps.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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I think it depends on how high you want your electric bill to be. It's only humid for about 2 weeks here, El Paso is arid. And if you have a couple shade trees and leave windows open, you don't need air conditioning at all, it's nicer without that constant background hum.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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We are considering renting a house in El Paso that has a mastercool swamp cooler but I'm a little concerned about how well they actually work. I've heard that swamp coolers do pretty much nothing once it gets above 95 with even the slightest humidity. However, I've also heard that Mastercool swamp coolers are a lot better than most and are almost as good as refrigerated air. Anyone out there able to speak on any of this?
Evaporative air cooling goes back a few thousand years. It is a simple device that cools air through the evaporation of water. Want to test the theory of operation? On a hot day get naked, wrap a wet towel around your body and run around outside. Feel yourself getting cooler?

It is not "almost as good as refrigerated air"

The Mastercool brand tends to work a bit better because when people replace their old beat up, rusty, leaking unit with a new unit, it always seems to work better. The Mastercool do use a rigid thick water pad which tends to fit more securely and a lot of air does not go around the pads like old sagging ones... But the pads are more expensive...



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Old 03-24-2011, 08:25 AM
 
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Ugh! TRUST ME! We were relocated here a year ago and the first house our company leased for us had a swamp cooler. We'd never seen one and didn't know to ask when we leased the house. There will be many days when the thing will not even come close to catching up with the heat! Just blowing air at you that made its way past water is NOT air conditioning. The house never got cooler than the low 80's in the summer no matter how much "moist" air was BLASTING in our faces.
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