The popularity of evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers, is on the rise in Denver. While evaporative coolers were once seen as a cheap solution for homes that didn’t have the ductwork needed to install air conditioning, they are now viewed as an attractive option due to the dramatic technological improvements made by the top brands. But how much will one of these new breed of high tech swamp coolers cost you?
Good Swamp Coolers Cost More Than Most People Think
It’s interesting to see how much outdated information (and misinformation) is out there online about the cost of evaporative coolers. Websites of several big lead generation websites that sell homeowner information to small contractors would have you believe you can get a new swamp cooler installed for about $2,5000. If you could, the swamp cooler would be the biggest piece of junk imaginable installed by a fly-by-night handyman who would disappear the minute he was paid.
Replacing Your Old Swamp Cooler With A Cheap Model
Some sites suggest you can expect to pay around $3,500 for a new evaporative cooler installation. Well, you won’t get a new one installed for that if you don’t have a swamp cooler already, but you might be able to get your old swamp cooler replaced with a low-end builder-grade unit for somewhere around $3,500 – $4,000. IF, that is, you’re willing to roll the dice and risk having a less than top-notch company install it. Keep in mind that evaporative coolers are like anything else, and you get what you pay for.
The Good News… And The Even Better News
I hate to have disappointed you if you were hoping I was going to confirm that you can have a high quality evaporative cooler installed by a reputable company for $3,500, but I do have some good news about how to save money and still get a top-of-the-line unit. If you decide to install one of the new variable speed evaporative coolers, you can potentially qualify for $1,200 in Xcel rebates. So what’s the even better news? If you decide to hire one of the best evaporative cooler companies in Denver, they will give you that $1,200 as an Instant Rebate right upfront on the day of installation, and you won’t have to wait weeks for Xcel to mail a check to you.
Replacing Your Existing Evaporative Cooler
So how much will it cost to replace your existing evaporative cooler? If you want a good quality cooler from one of the top brands, and you want it installed by a reputable company with strong written guarantees, you can expect to spend anywhere from $4,000 – $6,000. Where you will fall in that range will depend on which specific model of evaporative cooler you decide to install. Models that are priced towards the higher-end of that price range can qualify for Xcel rebates, so you can deduct any rebate amounts from the cost.
Cost Of Adding An Evaporative Cooler To Your Home
If you don’t currently have a swamp cooler, and you’re wanting to add evaporative cooling to your home, you should expect to spend $5,500 – $7,500 for a cooler that includes all the latest upgrades in technology. The evaporator coolers that can qualify for the $1,200 Xcel rebate will cost between $6,500 – $7,500 installed. As with replacing an existing swamp cooler, if you have your cooler installed by one of the best companies in Denver, you can get the $1,200 as an Instant Rebate upfront on the day of installation, and you won’t have to wait weeks for Xcel to mail a check to you.
Beware Evaporative Cooler Companies That Subcontract The Installation To Someone Else
Most Denver companies that advertise evaporative cooler installation services don’t actually install the coolers they sell. These companies may SELL you an evaporative cooler, but they can’t actually install the cooler they sold you. Most of the time the installation is subcontracted out to another company. If you’re getting an estimate to install a new swamp cooler, ALWAYS ask if the technicians who will be installing the system are their actual employees, or if they will be subcontracting the installation to another company. You’re taking a big risk if you buy anything from a company who is only willing to sell you a product they can’t, or won’t install themselves.
For more information on evaporative cooler installation in Denver, you can go to the Altitude Comfort home page, and click the Learn More button in the gray box that says Evaporative Cooler Installation. Or you can go directly to our Evaporative Cooling Installation page here.