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    I just want it to cool down at night during the warmer months.

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    Yes. Any cooling device that draws warm, dry air through a series of wet pads will significantly cool down your growing area at night far better than an ultrsonic misting unit which does not draw air through wet pads. Swamps use a powerful fan system to pre-cool the air before it enters your growing area; ultrasonics do not provide air movement or exchange in any way...they only provide extra humidity and have a marked cooling effect only in the smallest of spaces ie. aquariums, etc.

    So definitely go for the swamp cooler to help alleviate your night temps. Just remember one thing...in order for it to work at its best capacity the back of the unit with the wet pads needs to be drawing air from outside your growing area with only the face of the fan located inside..say through a pre-cut opening. You will also need an area for some air to escape as swamp coolers will also pressurize the air within the intended area. Hence the reason for hot air exchange or ventilation louvers located at the opposite end of the cooling air intake. You need some place for the old hot air to be exhausted. If you locate the unit inside the growing room you are only moving the same moist air around and swamp coolers will not work properly unless the air being pulled through it is dry and from outside the source air being cooled.

    Sorry for rambling. Hope it helps

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    I guess no one realized the point I was making.

    If you are actually located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA your ambient humidity caused by "Lake Effect" is going to make any significant cooling by evaporation of water with any device, nearly impossible.

    http://www.wunderground.com/US/WI/Milwaukee.html

    Don't forget that on those rare summer days when it gets its hottest, it is also highest in humidity, especially when it is raining. The humidity is an important factor causing the heat to be even more oppressive than it otherwise would be.
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    Phil pretty much hit it on the head. I just think you will find this to be quite a project for installation of this particular unit in a basement. I constructed my own swamp cooler for my greenhouse. Unfortunately since we live in a humid continental region (Northern NY) the pads only work best at about mid july all the way through august. Spring cooling isn't really so bad because outdoor temperatures are just cooler anyways.

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