How to Get the Most Out Of Your Cooling Pads
One of the best ways to achieve excellent cooling in dry weather economically is to get an evaporative cooler.
- In addition, an evaporative cooler is easy to maintain.
- Not only do evaporative coolers cool the air, they add moisture to it.
- This makes the environment comfortable.
Evaporative coolers are a relatively better option as they bring fresh air into the room and release the impure air outside. This ensures that the air quality of the area the cooler is installed in is impeccable.
Function of Cooling Pads in an Evaporative Cooler
The cooling pads are the chief component in an evaporative cooler.
In fact, the cooling pads are responsible for the cooling effect.
- The cooling pads in an evaporative cooler allow water to pass through them.
- The water circulation through the pads is managed with the help of a pump.
- When the water passes through the pad, a fan blows over it, releasing the water infused air into the atmosphere.
- The tiny droplets of water evaporate from the air and cool the environment.
Since most of the work is done by the cooling pads, the electrical consumption of an evaporative cooler is low.
Types of Swamp Cooler Pads
There are mainly two types of swamp cooler pads. Most people assume that one cooling pad type is better than the other. Each of these cooling pads has their own advantages. Choosing one of the two types of cooler pads depends mainly on your preference.
Fiber Type Cooling Pad
The fiber type cooling pad is mainly used in units that take in air from multiple sides.
- These pads are made of aspen wood shavings, cellulose fiber or synthetic fiber.
- This type of cooling pad proves to be the most economical.
- They do require more upkeep than most cooling pad types.
- Depending on your evaporative cooler, you can either go for aspen wood or fiber cooling pads.
- Do keep in mind that aspen wood cooling pads are not available in custom sizes. There are standard sizes for these cooling pads.
- On the other hand, if you go for the fiber type cooling pads you can customize the size.
If the cooling pad size for your cooler is not standard, you should opt for either cellulose or a synthetic fiber cooling pad. Do keep in mind that if you have a cooler that takes in air from a single inlet, the fiber type cooling pads will not work for you.
Rigid Media Cooing Pad
For evaporative coolers that have a single air inlet, the rigid media cooling pad proves to the most effective option.
- The only drawback to these cooling pads is that they are too expensive.
- But, at the same time, they are quite durable.
- This depends on how well the pad is maintained. If the cooling pad is properly maintained, it will last long and cool the air more efficiently.
- This is one of the advantages of using a rigid media cooling pad. It cools air more effectively than other cooling pads.
- These cooling pads are also simple to maintain.
If you want to increase the life of swamp cooler's cooling pad, you will need to maintain it properly. If the cooling pads are properly maintained, they will last you a long while.
You can save a lot of money on cooling pads through proper maintenance and cleaning. In addition, you will also get better cooling if the pads are spick and span. Let's look at how you can clean the cooling pads:
- The first thing you should do is remove the pads. Make sure the evaporative cooler is turned off before you do so. If you are not sure of how to remove the pads, you should turn to the owner's manual.
- Once the cooler is off, you can remove the pads. The cooling pads will need to be cleaned with water. To clean them, simply turn on a hose and let the water run through the pads gently. This will remove all the dirt and debris from the pads. You should see the dirty water running out. Keep pouring water on to the pads until you notice that they are clean and clear.
- After you are done cleaning the pads, you will have to clean the inside of the cooler. For this, have to turn the cooler on but keep the fan off. Pour vinegar into the pan of the cooler. Since the fan is off, only the pump will continue to run. Let the pump run for about an hour after which you should drain the vinegar from the overflow valve. After cleaning the inside, let clear water run into the pump.
Once the pad and the cooler itself has been cleaned thoroughly, you can reassemble it. If you need some help, you can always refer to the owner's manual.
What to Do If the Cooling Pad Is Worn Out
The cooling pads for swamp coolers are quite durable. If they are properly maintained, they are sure to last you a long while.
However, cooling pads are eventually bound to wear out no matter how well you take care of them. Fortunately, cooling pads are quite easy to replace. You do not even need an expert to handle the task.
All you need to do is get new ones and replace the old pads. You will need a little help to get started. If you need help installing new cooling pads, you can follow these tips:
Locating the Cooling Pads
If you have already replaced the cooling pads of your evaporative cooler before, you may not need help with this process. But if you have not, you should find it easy to locate the cooling pads if you follow this step.
- Most swamp coolers need to be opened up to gain access to the cooling pad.
- If you are finding it difficult to open up the swamp cooler, you can simply refer to the owner's manual. The owner's manual for each cooler provides detailed instructions on how to access the cooling pads.
- Once you have accessed the cooling pads, you will need to buy new ones. There are mainly two ways you can go about acquiring new cooling pads.
Acquiring New Ones
Acquiring new cooling pads is a simple task, but it does require some degree of caution.
Once you are done opening up your cooler and removing the cooling pads, there is one of two things you can do.
You may either take measurements of the section in which the pads are installed. Note down each measurement accurately. Once done you can go to a supply store to get new ones.
- Make it a point to add a few centimeters to the actual measurement of the pads when buying new ones. This will ensure that you get the pads that are a perfect fit.
- Remember that you can easily adjust the pads if the size is larger than the actual measurement. But there is nothing you can do to make smaller pads fit properly.
If you do not want to go through the hassle of buying slightly larger pads, there is something else you can do: Once you have opened your swamp cooler, remove the old cooling pads and take them along with you for size.
- You can show the pads to the dealer. They will then provide you a cooling pad which is a perfect fit your swamp cooler.
- If you are particular about the size of the cooling pad, this is without a doubt the best option for you.
- Besides, if you have the old cooling pad with your for size, there is not much that can go wrong when buying new ones.
Installing the new pads is not a difficult task at all. Since you have already removed the cover of the cooler, all you need to do now is remove the mesh.
- This mesh is designed to hold the pad in place. If you took the old pad to the supply store for size, you should be able to skip this step as well.
- One thing to keep in mind is that you should never install the new cooling pads as is.
- Always clean the housing that accommodates the cooling pads. This is where all the debris and dirt accumulates. This is why you should clean it before installing the new pads.
- Cleaning this area is quite easy. You simply need to wipe off the dirt and debris with a damp cloth.
- Once it is clean, you can install the pad and put the mesh back in place.
NOTE: If you bought pads that are slightly larger, you can fold them towards the back. This will ensure the new cooling pads fit perfectly.
Never leave the extended ends sticking out or try to cut the edges off. This can damage the cooling pad. If the pads get damaged they will either not work properly.
Improper cooling pads can even cause damage to your evaporative cooler over time. Then you'd be back to square one.