Development of an Evaporative Cooler Pad In Order to Enhance Sustainability and Consumer Appeal of Existing Cooler Units
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sustainability

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In Los Angeles, air conditioning is the dominant mode of household cooling with only a small portion of homes utilizing evaporative cooling systems. The following report will investigate a more sustainable alternative to air conditioning: swamp coolers. As the production of swamp cooler cellulose pads releases greenhouse gases, the primary focus will be on developing an alternative to the commercial cellulose pad using bamboo-based materials. The pad is made of bamboo-derived material because bamboo is more sustainable than the original pads’ cellulose fibers. This bamboo pad will be developed with the goal in mind of increasing popularity and usage of evaporative coolers in LA homes.

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