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Old 03-28-2020, 08:41 PM
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This is what we call em in NM
" evaporative air coolers don't work everywhere. Swamps, for instance, are lousy places for swamp coolers. It's not entirely clear where they got the nickname, but it probably refers to the humidity they add to the air or the swampy smell that can develop when they aren't cleaned often enough. In order to work, they need a hot, dry climate. "

Last year I did not pay attention to humidity for my few Phals, because I did not know any better. The swamp cooler works very well in my home. 100* out and 70* in.
My question is for anyone else in a dry arid climate, do you use evaporative coolers, and what effect does it have on orchids. Should I still run a couple of humidifiers near them, I guess that would be trial and error, but I am a curious one and just thinking ahead.
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Old 03-29-2020, 08:55 AM
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Swamp coolers and wet walls - both evaporative coolers - are quite common additions to greenhouses.

In your home, you’re looking for the temperature reduction more than for the humidity. In a greenhouse application, you take advantage of both.

Arid conditions are not required for their use, but they are less effective as the ambient humidity increases. That said, I was surprised at how effective they were in a greenhouse in Pasadena TX, a suburb of Houston.
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