Swamp coolers are a great option for homes in some areas and especially for older homes, however not all homes are ideal for cooling by a swamp cooler. Modern air conditioners are often the preferred choice for homeowners buying older and newer homes. With that said, there are many reasons why homeowners should consider removing their swamp cooler and switching to a more modern method of cooling their home. Swamp coolers can cause more damage than good and knowing what to do after you remove your swamp cooler is important in maintaining a well cared for home and roof.
Why Should Swamp Coolers Be Removed?
Swamp coolers can be removed due to issues that may arise after they have gotten old or because the homeowner wants to modernize their cooling system. After a while swamp coolers can run into problems such as corrosion and water damage, not cooling the home sufficiently, and water leaks. All of these issues can cause problems with the roof and the foundation of the home if the damage extends past the roof. They are also not nearly as effective at cooling homes and buildings than modern air conditioning services are. Another downfall of swamp coolers is the amount of maintenance it takes to keep them running smoothly and for a long time. Modern air conditioners require much less maintenance and repairs and often last longer than typical swamp coolers.
Swamp coolers are not always reliable and it can be extra frustrating when it is the middle of the summer and the heat is soaking into your home. Not only are there many reasons why swamp coolers should be removed, but knowing when to remove your swamp cooler and what needs to be done following the removal of it.
When Should I Remove My Swamp Cooler?
There is not a simple answer to this question because it all depends on your preferences and what your needs are for your home and building. It also depends on why you are wanting to remove your swamp cooler because it no longer works well or because you want to update your cooling system to something more ideal for your home.
Dealing With the Remnants
Removing a swamp cooler often leaves a hole and other evidence on the roof that there was a swamp cooler there. There are many different things that can be done by the homeowner to get rid of these remnants and cover up the unsightly space left. This hole can also allow leaks and sunlight to show through into the living space of the attic and upper level rooms. The options for a cover up can include: roof patches, putting in a sunroof, and installing a skylight. Depending on your home and your preferences will decide on which option is right for you. The right option may also change depending on why you are removing the swamp cooler, whether it is to upgrade to a modern air conditioning system or another reason.
This is one of the most common options for repairing the roof following the removal of a swamp cooler and can be done by a professional roofing company. The roofing specialist will take down the swamp cooler, frame it, and then fill the holes with building material. The patching material will be matched to the existing roof and shingles.
When a swamp cooler is removed there are often many ventilation holes left behind that many people decide to turn into sun tubes. That way they are sealed off but the sunlight can still come through.
There are many different types of skylights including ones that open and close electronically and others that just simply let more sunshine into the upper rooms. The edges will be finished to blend in with the rest of the roof after the hole is cut and the light is installed.
Another option that homeowners can do is to install an attic fan to provide the necessary airflow into the attic. This is often an easy and very cost effective fix because the electric hookups are already in place, the hole usually just needs to be adjusted.
Options Following Swamp Cooler Removal
Swamp coolers can really leave a lot of issues with the roof and ceiling below where the system was at. Luckily there are so many options for covering and fixing the effects caused by them to not only act as a cover up but also to give the house an uplift and increase in curb appeal and value.
Swamp Cooler Removal Cost
The cost to remove your swamp cooler depends on the roofing company you decide to go with as well as what you decide to do with the remnants on the roof. With Lifetime Roofing, our experts offer high quality and affordable roofing services for their clients. We will assess your roof and give you a quote depending on what kinds of work needs to be done as well as what you would like done with the roof.