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    Swamp cooler

    I'm not sure I need this yet since I don't know how warm my basement will be in the summer at night. It can't be too warm since in the summer we go to the basement to cool off when it's 90 outside. I also plan on using a cool mist humidifier and maybe a fan to blow across the whole area. I pretty much know I won't need to run it in the winter. But would this be a good one to get? Does the price look good or bad?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Portable-Swamp-H...em200088742723

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    A swamp cooler is the same thing as a cool mist humidifier if I'm not mistaken. You'd probably do better to buy an air conditioner and an ultrasonic humidifier - more power efficient and easier to clean.
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    I have a small ultrasonic cool mist humidifier right now and it only cools it down maybe 2-5 degrees. The bigger they are do they cool more degrees?

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    No a cool mist humidifier does not hold a candle to a swamp cooler. And swaps are WAY more energy effecient than air conditioning. What you need to remember, is if you're going to keep the humidity high (which will happen by recirculating the swamp cooler air back through... They "should be" fed fresh air, and the old air blown out doors/ windows in opposing sides of the room/house) it will not work too well. But in a basement, I really can't see that coming a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    No a cool mist humidifier does not hold a candle to a swamp cooler. And swaps are WAY more energy effecient than air conditioning. What you need to remember, is if you're going to keep the humidity high (which will happen by recirculating the swamp cooler air back through... They "should be" fed fresh air, and the old air blown out doors/ windows in opposing sides of the room/house) it will not work too well. But in a basement, I really can't see that coming a problem.
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    Unless, of course, you're in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or a similar location, where the humidity in Spring, Summer, and Fall is so naturally high, the cooling effect of evaporating water is almost zero. It should work best in Winter, when the humidity is lowest. Whenever the ambient humidity is high, 50% or better, the evaporation of additional water into that air will provide little additional cooling.
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    What I was getting at was that having a cool mist humidifier and a swamp cooler would be redundant. Swamp coolers are great, if you have dry air on your side to assist in evaporation, but they aren't a reliable source of cooling, nor are they an efficient source of humidity. Without knowing the specifics of the setup, I'm guessing that it would be better to invest in two separate devices that can work independent of favorable conditions.
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    Well I was guessing I would be using this to cool the area down in the warm months. I really wasn't thinking of getting this for added humidity since I'm using these humidifiers. So come to think about I wouldn't be using it in the winter since the basement here is going to as cold as I would need it.

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    All in one unit? Only a 1/4 gallon ice capacity that's 1 quart.
    I agree better with units designed to handle a precise function than one that is supposed to deal with it all-seems like that such a unit that would really do the job necessary would cost alot more than $70USD.

    What do you want to accomplish with this

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