Created: 07/16/2014 6:31 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It's been hot and also humid in New Mexico. Refrigerated and evaporative coolers alike have been running to keep you cool, but one has been doing a far better job.
"Right now, refrigerated air is your best option. That's because when it rains, swamp coolers are just not very effective," said David Carrillo, owner of Certified Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling.
He's noticed more and more clients making the switch to A/C in recent years because of inefficient swamp coolers during humid months.
"We're probably about 70% A/C and 30% swamp cooler," he said.
On an ideal day for your swamp coolers to be effective, you need to have warm, and most importantly, dry conditions. It hasn't been the case lately.
"Other factors are involved too. What direction your house faces, if you have shade trees, the insulation and the windows that you have. These all play a role into how cool your house can get," Carrillo said.
If you do have a swamp cooler and want to make the most out of it, make sure to replace your pads every season along with your pump and clean out your spider cage.
If you're considering making the change from evaporative to refrigerated air, Certified Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling tells us that the price for the switch will cost a little less than $8,000.