Installing an Evaporative Cooler

Help keep your house cool with a window-mounted evaporative cooler

Installing an Evaporative Cooler

Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, work by pulling in fresh outside air through moist pads, where it is cooled by evaporation and circulated through the house by a large blower. These coolers typically are used where the air is hot and humidity low.

This guide outlines the steps for installing a window-mounted evaporative cooler.

What You'll Need

Install hanger and support
Install hanger support - Installing Evaporative Cooler

• Mount the support hangers then assemble and install the support brackets following the manufacturer instructions.
• Build up the outside windowsill if needed to support the cool-air vent that goes through the window.

Install the cooler
Install cooler - Installing Evaporative Cooler

• Place the cooler in the window, resting the vent on the support assembly.
• Attach the cooler to the brackets as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.

Run water line to the cooler
Run water line cooler - Installing Evaporative Cooler

• Tap into the water line and run a water supply line to the cooler.
• Install a cut off valve that you can easily drain in the winter.
• Attach a hose to the overflow drain line of the cooler and run the hose on the ground, well away from the foundation.

Turn on the cooler
Turn on cooler - Installing Evaporative Cooler

• Attach the air vent to the front of the cooler.
• Plug the power cord into any grounded 120-volt circuit inside the house.