Evaporative (swamp) coolers and fans are both popular, affordable, and accessible ways to keep cool during the summer. But which one is better for you?

Is an evaporative cooler better than a fan in terms of bills? Maybe you are concerned about the environmental impact? Here’s a look at how swamp coolers and fans compare.

The main difference between evaporative coolers and fans is that swamp coolers use the process of evaporation to lower the outgoing air temperature. A fan blows hot, dry air over a wet pad, causing the water to evaporate and cool the air. Swamp coolers are most effective in hot, dry climates.



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Evaporative Coolers vs. Fans: 6 Key Differences

1. Best conditions for maximum efficiency. Evaporative coolers are more efficient in hot, dry climates : the degree of cooling directly depends on the initial humidity of the air.  The lower it is, the cooler the flow will be. Fans, on the other hand, don't have requirements in terms of conditions but their efficiency will always depend on the temperature around. It will also depend on the power of the fan and the size of the blades.  If the temperature is too high, the fans will mostly blow the hot air around.

2. How they work. Evaporative coolers work by using the evaporation of water to lower the outgoing air temperature, while fans simply circulate the air to create a wind chill effect. So, while the fan creates a wind, the air cooler creates a cool wind.

3. Efficiency. Swamp coolers are more energy efficient than fans as they use less electricity to run. Evaporative coolers also have a lower environmental impact than fans as they use less energy and don't produce emissions.

4. Cost. Evaporative coolers are typically more expensive than fans, but their long-term cost savings make them a better investment.

5. Maintenance. Coolers require regular maintenance to keep them running properly, while fans require little to no maintenance. In our opinion, however, every device requires maintenance for proper functioning.
Another important point on the maintenance checklist is the filter. During long contacts with water, bacteria and mold can appear, which is why you should keep an eye on the filter as well. On the other hand, there are products that don’t have these issues — Evapolar air coolers come with long-lasting inorganic filters which prevent the growth of any unpleasant bacteria.

6. Space. It depends on the model. There are huge coolers with a separate tank, and there are gigantic fans as well. Also, there are table fans and tiny evaporative coolers. Small portable evaporative coolers like Evapolar take less space than fans, and they can fit anywhere due to their portability and light weight.

Swamp Coolers and Air Conditioners

Evaporative coolers and air conditioners are two very different appliances used for cooling. The main difference between these two types of climate technology is the ability to provide a cumulative effect. If you turn on the air conditioner and leave the room, when you return, the room will be cool. At the same time, sitting right next to the air conditioner is not recommended - you will probably be cold. In addition, you are very likely to get a runny nose. In the case of evaporative coolers, the opposite is true: they are designed to cool you directly without lowering the temperature in the room. Coolers work best in hot, dry climates, while for the ACs, the humidity in the area does not matter. Air conditioners do come with a slight preference for the humid climates as many of them also come with the dehumidifier option.

As for the way of cooling, evaporative coolers use evaporation to lower the outgoing air temperature, while air conditioning uses a compressor and chemical refrigerant to cool the air. Evaporative coolers are more energy efficient than air conditioners, but air conditioners are able to cool the whole room, so it depends on what you’re looking for!

Swamp coolers also have a lower environmental impact than air conditioners  a huge criterion these days.

Very often we get asked about the difference between evaporative air coolers and air conditioners. You have the short, concise answer above. For the rest, we invite you to take a look at our recent article: Swamp Cooler vs Air Conditioner

Why You Should Consider a Compact Portable Evaporative Cooler

Portable coolers are an excellent choice for those who want to enjoy the benefits of evaporative cooling, without the noisy fans, having to do the mounting work or needing a window for the hose to exhaust the hot air. They are more efficient in terms of cooling than fans, and they have a lower environmental impact than ACs.

Swamp coolers are easier to maintain than ACs, and they have a long lifespan. In addition, portable swamp coolers take up less space than fans, and they can be easily moved from one room to another.

Let us go through the main reasons to consider an evaporative cooler:

1. Coolers are more energy-efficient than regular fans or air conditioners, so you'll save money on your energy bills. Again, it depends on the model you choose — you can also get a fan which is plugged into a USB port and it will consume way less energy than one working via a socket.

2. Most all air coolers have a lower environmental impact than air conditioners as they use less energy and don't produce emissions.

3. Portable evaporative coolers take up less space than floor fans or air conditioners, and they can fit anywhere due to their portability and light weight.

4. Modern coolers have little to no maintenance, while air conditioners require regular cleaning and servicing.

Evapolar Air Coolers Are The Best Alternative to Fans and ACs

The Evapolar is a smart and innovative air cooler designed to cool down your personal space. It is definitely a winner in the swamp cooler vs fan debate! The small portable swamp cooler cools, moisturizes, filters dust particles from the air, and makes it healthy for breathing. You can use it anywhere, thanks to its portability and usability.

This cooler is easy to understand and maintain. Simply plug it in with a USB cord either to a socket or a power bank and enjoy.

The patented evaBREEZE material makes it unique and very efficient.

It is also very affordable, starting at $99.

This excellent cooling option is 100 times less power-consuming than a regular AC system. Evapolar air coolers consume only 7-10W.

To sum it up, the Evapolar air coolers are:

  • User-friendly
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Very low energy consumption
  • Easily powered by any electricity source
  • Eco-friendly
  • Excellent for targeted personal cooling

FAQ (People Also Ask):

Are swamp coolers better than fans?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on your individual needs and preferences. swamp coolers are more energy efficient than fans, so they will save you money on your energy bills in the long run. They also have a lower environmental impact than fans as they use less energy and don't produce emissions.

Do swamp coolers really cool the air, unlike a fan?

Yes, swamp coolers actually cool the air, unlike a fan which just circulates the air. swamp coolers work by evaporating water to lower the air temperature. They are most effective in hot, dry climates.
For example, in a room with 50% relative humidity and 30˚C temperature, the evaporative cooler will blow out a 20˚C breeze.

When should you use a swamp cooler or a fan?

Swamp coolers are ideal in hot dry climates, where they will efficiently cool the air instead of blowing the hot air around.

What cools a small room better, an evaporative cooler or a fan?

If we are talking about a whole room — neither. Fans usually blow the air around, and swamp coolers are for targeted, personal cooling. However, if you are looking to actually lower down the temperature in your personal space, a cooler will do a much better job.