I am considering purchasing a whole house evaporative cooler. I live in Colorado, near Denver, one of those locations where these things work well - it is rarely humid.
Most of the local installs I see are either on a frame on the roof and ducted through the attic into the ceiling or pad mounted outside and ducted through a wall. The disadvantage I see with this is that it would be very difficult to seal that hole for those below zero days in February. Even with a cover on the cooler, there still is what amounts to a steel chimney wandering from the living space to the outside.
My question is this:
Is it possible to set it up so that it is ducted through a window?
There are rooms with vinyl slider windows, the bottom of which are close to grade. In hot weather we never open them, as that floor stays relatively cool. I am wondering if vinyl sliding window could be replaced (for the short cooling season) with a glass free blank one containing a hole and attached to a short duct to the evaporative cooler. In fall, the glass window could be swopped back in, the ducted slider thingy hidden away somewhere, cleaned every May and replaced in time for the summer. Am I off my meds here? Should I just go with a permanent install? Anyone ever heard of something like this?