Do Swamp Coolers and Air Conditioning Affect the Earth?

Global temperature change over time

Any way you cut it, look at it, deny it or rationalize it, the last few years on earth have been the hottest ever measured. (Scientists started recording global temperatures in 1880.) If you have a swamp cooler, you might be running it on high this summer. Sounds like a good case for more air conditioning, right? CRANK IT UP, BRO!

Or, maybe not? Keep reading.

In July 2016, 124 American citizens were put under an Excessive Heat Warning, Watch or Advisory. That’s well over a third of the country. When the heat is well over 100°F like that, people get sick and many die. In India around that time, temperatures soared to nearly 124°F. 2,135 people died of heat-related causes in 2015 alone. Imagine how much A/C is being consumed.

Anyone who has air conditioning is probably using it when it’s super-humid and plus-100°F. (A swamp cooler like Cool Boss would still work well in a dry climate at that temperature.) But it’s not just India. In fact, air conditioner sales are skyrocketing worldwide. It wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that A/C became commonplace in homes, so these massive sales are relatively new on earth. Also new are the unprecedented heat waves that are claiming lives and changing the way we cool ourselves.

Centralized Industrial Air Conditioning

A couple sentences ago we used that word “earth” again. It’s no coincidence that human habits are changing alongside globally measurable climate change. The planet does not like our air conditioners. In fact, manufacturers have changed the cooling “ingredients” in A/C a few times for that very reason. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were banned in 1996 because they greatly damaged the ozone layer. Their replacements, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), are much less damaging to the ozone layer. Even so, the number of air conditioners in the world makes it important that we do better. HCFCs are rapidly being replaced by hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs don’t have chlorine, and the difference reportedly makes them ozone-safe. Problem solved. Conversation over.


Earth Crumbled Up

HFCs are extremely potent super-greenhouse gases that get trapped in the atmosphere more than other gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2). Because HFCs don’t escape into space, they remain wrapped above us like a big thermal blanket. There’s no “perfect” way to cool ourselves off when we use A/C. The planet and its inhabitants are harmed no matter what coolant is used.

Hmm. Seems like a good time to remind everyone that Cool Boss offers a swamp cooler with NO chemicals, NO coolants and NO ozone/greenhouse gas emissions. It uses a very small amount of electricity, and that’s all there is to it.

People crank the A/C when it gets hot, and the hotter it gets, the more they crank the A/C. If you could make your workspace a safe, comfortable temperature for a fraction of the cost of air conditioning, why wouldn’t you? Only a fool would turn that deal down. So, give us a shot if you haven’t used a swamp cooler before. We know you’ll love it. The Cool Boss is super-portable, super-beefy and ships super-prepared to plug in and go. You’ll save money at work and help the earth. Feeling foolish, or frugal? The choice is yours.