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Old 07-27-2007, 06:55 AM
 
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When people return to Illinois from somewhere 'out west' - - let's say, Arizona or Texas - - they most likely have been using what is known as a "Texas Cooler", "Arizona Cooler" or "Swamp Cooler".
These air conditioners only function correctly for a 30% relative humidity ( R.H.) or less. In the Chicago land area, we have an average "R.H." of approximately 70%.
There are many "Swamp Coolers" (Evaporator Coolers) for sale on eBay. If you are headed for Illinois, don't buy one of those. Use a conventional air conditioner instead.

Best Regards,

CARTER GLASS

Wheaton, IL &
Cortland, IL
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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When people return to Illinois from somewhere 'out west' - - let's say, Arizona or Texas - - they most likely have been using what is known as a "Texas Cooler", "Arizona Cooler" or "Swamp Cooler".
These air conditioners only function correctly for a 30% relative humidity ( R.H.) or less. In the Chicago land area, we have an average "R.H." of approximately 70%.
There are many "Swamp Coolers" (Evaporator Coolers) for sale on eBay. If you are headed for Illinois, don't buy one of those. Use a conventional air conditioner instead.

Best Regards,

CARTER GLASS

Wheaton, IL &
Cortland, IL
If theyre returning, like you said, Im sure theyre well aware of that. Besides, swamp coolers suck anyways. I dont know why anyone would want to use one (besides the cost issue)...
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Old 07-29-2007, 05:18 AM
 
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In the southwest its great to put moisture BACK into the air. Thats why we like the swamp coolers. And I can also have my windows open for the fresh air. Its all in what you want.
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:00 AM
 
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Right, but I've never known it, in nearly 30 years, to be necessary to augment summer humidity in IL. It gets dry here, for sure, but not in summer, really. The OP is right, they may be great for drier climates, but here, I can't imagine one would be an asset.
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Old 07-29-2007, 03:45 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-Tex
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"Texas Cooler"
A Texas Cooler? That's weird name for a swamp cooler since Texas is humid. The first time I've heard of a swamp cooler was on the radio in New Mexico. (When I think of Texas I think of Houston. And since it is on a swamp, why are they called swamp coolers when they are used in the desert?)
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