oroblanco wrote:Hola amigo - those swamp coolers only work when you have dry hot weather, during the AZ "monsoon" season, <early July to mid September> the humidity is so high that they have little effect. They don't put this in the brochures, of course!
Ha Ha !! & Uh Uh !
I grew up in Phoenix and our house didn’t have air conditioning until 1974. Only the box swamp cooler on the roof of the house. If you can imagine a mother cooking dinner in a swampy kitchen in mid-August for a family of 8 then you can understand why cold cuts were the dinner of choice much time. Actually my dear mother made many a hot dinner in those conditions.
For those few month/weeks of the monsoon it was hellish sleeping. Huge dust storms would occur with threat of stormy weather on the horizon. Then it would break into a torrential rainstorm ( if lucky) and things mellowed. Being kids with lower body mass the heat didn’t bother us as much as a grown person. My Dad was a fairly large man and those monsoon weeks were murder. Where he worked was only swamp cooled, also. Sweat shops they called them for obvious reasons.
Besides those 10 or so weeks --- the swamp cooler did a great job. Low electric bills. Many people have piggyback systems on their homes these days. Swamp (or the more politically correct name –evaporative cooler) and air conditioning for the miserable weeks.