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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
cooled off.

 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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