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Re: NFC: Cooler water
Reminds me of what was used to cool homes before electricity.
In hot tropical countries, a 1" thick straw mat was hung over the
door or window like a curtain. Water was sprayed on the straw. Any air
entering the home had to go through the straw curtain and the air got
On Thu, 16 Nov 2000, Kristine Weisbrod Massin
> :) I lived year for a long time before I figured it out. "swamp box" is
> what they call evaporative coolers in Denver. If you haven't ever seen one,
> they're pretty neat. A big square box with straw pads on three sides.
> There is a water resevoir on the bottom. A pump brings the water up & lets
> it trickle down through the pads. A big fan blows out the fourth side--into
> the house. The air gets cooled off substantially as it is sucked through
> the wet straw pads. They work great...almost too well...as long as the
> outside air is pretty arid. They don't work so great on humid days. Of
> course the best part is they're much more environmentally friendly than an
> AC unit. My electric bill goes up about $1.50/month using them to cool a 2
> bedroom house 20 degrees.
> (you should see some of the things I conjured up in mind to fit the name
> 'swamp box' before I found out what one really was...I had a little
> ecosystem hanging from all my coworkers' windows, complete with cattails &
> mosquito larvae)
> >From: Mark <mbinkley at columbus_rr.com>
> >Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
> >To: nfc at actwin_com
> >Subject: Re: NFC: Cooler water
> >Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 15:39:05 -0500
> >OK. I have to ask... What is a swamp box?!
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