There are a lot of reasons why one would want to get an evaporative cooler for their home. They’re portable, convenient, and easy to use, and can get as cold as a full-fledged air conditioning system. They are the perfect alternative if you are looking to cool a specific spot in your home. Let’s go through some of the basics about evaporative coolers including their features, costs, and many more.
WHAT IS AN EVAPORATIVE COOLER?
An evaporative cooler is an alternative cooling system wherein the air conditioner harnesses evaporation from the air to blast out cold air. It’s an amazing piece of innovative technology that has allowed households to cool their homes without the need for expensive cooling systems. It also adds moisture to the air which can help reduce skin itchiness and lower body temperature. Evaporative coolers typically come in portable forms, but others may need dedicated space in your home to fit.
HOW TO CHOOSE AN EVAPORATIVE COOLER FOR YOUR HOME
There are many factors to keep in mind when choosing an evaporative cooler for your home. Here are some important ones to watch out for:
1. YOUR HOME’S MEASUREMENT AND SPACE
Small homes and spaces may find it difficult to accommodate an evaporative cooler. They are typically portable but it should be duly noted that some are bigger than others. Keeping the measurement and size of your room should still be practiced as you may never know if a cooler may be too big for your room or home.
2. MODE OF APPLICATION
If you are using an evaporative cooler for outdoor purposes, then the tip above won’t be much of use. There are several uses for an evaporative cooler, and bringing them outdoors is just one of the bunch. That being said, some evaporative coolers are specially made for specific applications. Bigger coolers tend to output air more efficiently, so those are perfect for outdoor ones. Indoor applications like for your home won’t require the ones as big as for your backyard, but they should still have enough power and efficiency to be an alternative to your air conditioning system.
WHAT FEATURES DO I WANT?
Since there are a plethora of options out there, choosing a reliable evaporative cooler can be confusing. Doubling down on these tips, however, will help you choose and ultimately decide if an evaporative cooler is a wise solution for your case or not.
1. DETERMINE WHETHER YOU REALLY NEED ONE
Evaporative coolers are cool and all (no pun intended) but your current air conditioning system just might be enough. Maybe you’re just feeling FOMO and want to ride with the trend, but they can get very expensive to purchase and maintain. If you think that your home is humid and cool enough, then skipping on evaporative coolers shouldn’t be a big deal.
2. THEIR SIZE
We have mentioned this a couple of times already, but their size is another thing you would want to consider. One of their main buying points and features are that they are portable and easy to station in rooms, but more powerful ones can get bigger and may not be small enough to fit in your home.
3. THEIR BRAND AND MODEL
Just like with any product, purchasing an evaporative cooler that is made by a brand with a good reputation will lead to better quality and results. Doing self-research on trusted brands is our best advice, but the most notable ones are Bonair, Kaden, Brivis, Braemar and Coolair.
RUNNING COSTS & EFFICIENCY
Evaporative coolers’ prices range from cheaper $150 ones to upwards of $2000 to the more expensive ones. These are all dependent on their features, brand, and warranty of course but our advice would be to go for a mid-ranged one so that you’ll get decent quality out of your money.
Their running costs are another part of the story. Portable evaporative coolers will typically average $10 to $12 over the course of three months on a hot summer. If you set up multiple evaporative coolers in different rooms, you may just add the averages above to get an idea of your totals. Efficiency-wise, evaporative coolers do a good job at running efficiently. They are still much cheaper in terms of your average air conditioning system and should save you hundreds of dollars in the long run if maintained well.
HOW DO I KEEP MY EVAPORATIVE COOLER CLEAN?
Cleaning your evaporative cooler is easier than you can imagine. Here’s a brief step-by-step guide to help you out:
1. REMOVE ALL THE PANELS AND PADS FOUND IN YOUR COOLER
Remove the cooler from your plug and then take out all of its panels and pads to prep them for cleaning.
2. DRAIN LIQUIDS OUT OF YOUR COOLER
There are drain plugs found in these coolers which can be found at its back or near its feet. If your cooler has a fancier detachable water tank, then this would be easier.
3. GIVE THE INSIDES OF YOUR COOLER A NICE BRUSH
Only use soft sponges and cloths to brush your cooler as other materials may damage it. Take your time as you clean as debris may have built up over the course of time. If there are any clogged areas or debris that you cannot remove, then it is time to call for professional help.
Contact Us For any Evaporative Cooling System Services
At Priority One Plumbing Services, we offer cleanups of Evaporative Coolers in Canberra along with other heating, cooling, and plumbing services. Like we have mentioned, cleaning your cooler shouldn’t be stressful. But at times, there may be a heavy build-up of debris which can be difficult to remove without damaging your cooler. This is where your local plumber in Canberra comes in. Our team of experts will make sure that your cooler is not only clean but is built to last years on end.
If you need reliable help with plumbing and maintaining your evaporative coolers in Canberra, then we are the perfect solution to your problems. Book an appointment through our contact page.
We are open 24 hours and 7 days a week and are a team of professionals, ready to offer your heating and cooling services along with expertise in plumbing.
*Please note that we sub-contract to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning