An Evaporative Air Cooler, also known as a portable swamp cooler, can cool your home indoors and out. As the unit cools the air, it also adds moisture, which means they’re best for indoor use in hot and dry climates like the Southwest and Midwest regions of the US (<60% humidity). However, humidity is not an issue outdoors — you’ll never have to sweat through a backyard BBQ ever again!
Best of all, a portable evaporative cooler uses only a quarter of the energy of a traditional AC, so you can stay cool without worrying about expensive energy bills.
Here’s our guide for getting your Honeywell Air Cooler prepped and ready for the heat:
Inspect and Clean your Air Cooler
Unplug your cooler and check all the parts and connections are intact and in good shape. If you had covered your unit for the winter, then a simple wipe down with a damp cloth should be all that’s needed.
If you left your unit outside to the elements, a bigger cleaning effort might be called for. First, remove any accumulated debris in vents or internal chambers and then wipe down with a damp cloth and let it dry. A little bit of dish detergent might help for more stubborn dirt.
Clean and Replace the Cooling Pads
If you left your unit outside all winter, you might need to replace the cooling pad. Check if the pad has lost some thickness or has any visible damage like cracks or frays. If so, it’s replacement time. Purchase Honeywell Honeycomb Cooling replacement pads here.
Pads in good shape? Great! Then, it’s time to give them a gentle shower. Clean the pad with water and a damp cloth and let it dry completely. See this video for pad maintenance tips.
Clean the Water Tank
Hopefully, you had drained the tank last season before you put the cooler away. If not, please do so now. Unplug the water and power supply and drain.
In the future, to keep your tank fresh and free of mold and mildew, we recommend you drain your unit once a week.
If your unit has a removable tank: Take it out and scrub away any debris and build up. Fill with a 50/50 solution of water & vinegar and let it sit for an hour before rinsing. Scrub the bottom of the tub with a cloth or brush to get any lingering buildup out. Finally, let it dry before putting back into the cooler. If you’d like more detailed instructions, please refer to your model’s manual.If the tank is not removable: Fill the tank with a 50/50 solution of water & vinegar for an hour before draining and rinsing. For a heavy-duty clean, let the solution sit for up to 24 hours.
Pick up Ice Packs
Many Honeywell evaporative air coolers have a built-in ice compartment for even faster cooling. Purchase two sets of re-freezable ice packs that can fit into the ice compartment now. Keep the second set in the freezer, so you always have a spare to switch out.
Test it out
To check that your portable swamp cooler is ready to go when the first heat wave hits, test it out. Fill the water tank, reconnect the power supply, and turn it on. You should feel the sensation of a lovely cool breeze within a few minutes. Enjoy!
And, there you have it. With proper prep and maintenance, you can depend on your portable evaporative cooler to keep you comfy indoors and outdoors — all summer long!