Summer is fast approaching and the last thing you want is to be stuck in a sweltering home, with only a fan to keep you cool. However, the way you choose to cool your home is an investment, there is an outright cost and some ongoing ones such as energy bills and maintenance, so you want to make sure you are picking the right evaporative cooling system for you. Evaporating coolers are extremely popular, but here’s some more information on them so you can make an informed choice.
WHAT IS AN EVAPORATIVE COOLER?
An evaporative cooling system draws warm outside air into the cooling unit through wet filter pads. The evaporation of this water, into the stream of air, cools it, so the air can be released into the home. Whilst the evaporative cooler is operating it is important to keep windows and doors open so the warmer air is constantly pushed out of your home. Leaving the windows closed can potentially damage the evaporative cooling system – so be sure to remember this every time.
WHAT TYPES OF EVAPORATIVE COOLERS ARE THERE?
Portable evaporative cooling units are the lowest in cost, and are suitable for small rooms only. Portable evaporative coolers are simply plugged into an electrical outlet inside your home. They are best positioned near a window, or an external door.
FIXED ROOM UNITS
Fixed room cooling units are installed outside the home, on an external wall. They are wired and plumbed by cooling experts, and suitable for larger, open areas. These cost more than portable units as they require installation and create a greater output of cooled air.
A central evaporative cooling system is installed in your roof, and expels cool air through ceiling outlets. Whilst this is more expensive than the other units, it is more cost effective if you are looking to cool your whole home. Central cooling systems also take up no space within your living areas like portable units.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING AN EVAPORATIVE COOLING SYSTEM?
Evaporative coolers are good for both your health and the environment; they provide constant fresh air rather than recycled air and are considered the GREEN CHOICE in air-conditioning. The filter pads effectively limit the introduction of dust and pollen into your home, making them asthma and allergy friendly as well.
Most central system evaporative coolers can be fitted in zones to help you reduce your bills. By breaking your house into set zones, you can choose to cool only the areas you use most. For example, many people choose to set their bedrooms as a separate zone, so they won’t waste cooling them during the day when they’re empty.