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Does a Central Air Conditioner Cost More to Run than My Swamp Cooler?

A lot of local residents are hesitant to replace their evaporative coolers with central air conditioning systems. Evaporative coolers, in place of refrigeration systems, have been common in New Mexico for a long time. In some regions, evaporative coolers just don’t make sense. Where there is excessive moisture in the air, it simply cannot work efficiently. But in dry climates, it may work just fine—sometimes.

Anytime humidity levels go up, however, a swamp cooler struggles to operate properly. Your home might not feel comfortable at all on those days, until nighttime comes to cool things down a bit, which is why we think you should retrofit a central air conditioner in place of your old swamp cooler.

But Won’t It Raise My bills?

The main concern that many people have about installing a standard central AC is the cost of operation. Yes, a central air conditioner upgrade will mean making some home upgrades that will cost you, at first. But over time, a high-efficiency air conditioning system costs only a little more to run than a swamp cooler. And if you’re not happy with your swamp cooler, you might pay more than you have to anyway!

Hidden Costs with a Swamp Cooler

Swamp coolers do cost less to run than standard air conditioners. However, there may be some hidden costs involved with operating them.

  • Running other cooling devices in the home. When we have a particularly humid day, week, or month, the effectiveness of our swamp coolers tends to diminish. This causes many people to seek out other methods of cooling, like ceiling fans and window air units, which adds on to your bills.
  • Going out. We don’t want to discourage you from going out and having fun, but in the summer many people do so just to avoid staying inside with a struggling swamp cooler—and spend money while they’re out.
  • Maintenance. Central air conditioning systems that use refrigeration need maintenance too, but a swamp cooler repair may be expensive if you forget to winterize it before the cold months begin.

Retrofit a high-efficiency air conditioning system into your home in La Plata with the help of Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give us a call and let us do it right the first time!

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