Cooling systems


How to Rid Your Swamp Cooler of Foul Smells

A swamp cooler is an alternative system to the more costly air conditioner. Basically, a swamp cooler operates by means of damp pads together with a pump. The pump propels air into the room and then generates additional humidity, in turn causing the temperature in the room to cool down a bit. However, for the best results, it is important to make sure that you maintain the swamp cooler appropriately. After prolonged use, it may end up generating rather foul and unpleasant odors. This is mainly due to the fact that there are moistened pads within the system, and so the moisture can, in turn, generate mold and mildew. This article will discuss basic guidelines which can help you prevent this from happening.

Tools and Materials Needed:
  • Water
  • Deodorizers
  • Tea tree oil
  • Fragrant oils
  • Cloths
  • Towel
  • Sponge
  • Cotton wool
  • Cheesecloth
Step 1: Prepare The Swamp Cooler

Start off by switching on the swamp cooler and leave it to operate for a period of time. Then, switch it off and open it. You will see that it has accumulated water and that it is damp. Remove all the water that you found within it and on the sides for a start. Just use an old towel or rag.

Step 2: Clean the Accessories

The swamp cooler is made up of basic parts, including a tray where the majority of the water gathers. This will most probably be dirty with accumulated mold. Use a cloth to wipe it to remove loose dirt at first. Then, apply some clean water mixed with vinegar, and using another clean cloth or sponge, start to scrub the more persistent stains and dirt patches you might find. The vinegar will also help reduce the unpleasant smells.

Step 3: Fill With Water and Add Deodorizer

As mentioned earlier, the swamp cooler needs to have moisture within it, so you need to add some fresh, clean water for it to operate. Ideally, in order to make up for any odors which might end up arising after some time, it is suggested that you add a few drops of tea tree oil, as it is known that it can help reduce the accumulation of bacteria and the subsequent bad odors. It can also prevent mold from growing. A few drops of lavender oil and lemon juice can also be used. There are also some other commercial deodorizers or fragrant oils which you can purchase and use.

Step 4: Change the Pads

Another effective way to prevent bad odors from arising is to change the pads inside the swamp cooler. You can simply use several layers of cotton wool dipped in fragrant oils. Then, attach a layer of cheesecloth over the cotton wool to trap the fragrance inside, only allowing it to be released little by little into the air when the swamp cooler is switched on.

By following these basic guidelines, you will successfully get rid of foul smells. Try to make sure to apply these steps on a regular basis for best results.