Is an al fresco brunch in summer an insane idea to consider? Not quite, if you have an outdoor evaporative cooler for company. Keeping cool while continuing to enjoy a range of outdoor activities in the summer such as a backyard BBQ, or even tinkering around on your DIY project in your garage can be a challenge. Which is why now is the perfect time to consider investing in a durable, trusted and economical outdoor air cooler.
How do evaporative coolers work?
This type of air cooler works by combining two simple principles – evaporating water and airflow. Other additions, such as water pads help along as they hold the moisture and act as effective filters to remove dust and allergens from the air as it passes through them.
Also known as swamp coolers, these machines use ‘cooled air’ instead of ‘refrigerant air’ – thus they are different from air conditioners. Unlike fixed air conditioning units, they do not have an exhaust hose or condenser boxes.
A Healthier and Cheaper Choice
Summers in the region can be notoriously hot and arid. While most of our indoor areas are efficiently cooled by air conditioners, the constant flow of recycled air can take a toll on your health. If the air conditioning units at your home or workplace are not well maintained it can also lead to sick building syndrome.
On the other hand evaporative coolers use fresh air to blow over the moisture-soaked filters to create cooled air. Hence, they are perfect to use in open, outdoor areas. However, they cannot be used in conditions when the outdoor weather is humid.
Air coolers work best in dry air conditions – since they use air as a sponge to pick up moisture. Also, by virtue of the same principle, evaporative coolers are not recommended for closed areas as they could make the space damp which may damage electrical systems.
Compared to air coolers, air conditioners consume 75% more electricity, which makes them expensive to run. For large areas such as outdoor gazebos, stables, industrial sites or even your backyard and pool area – it’s convenient to have a portable air cooler – preferably something like the Portacool Cyclone series with a reservoir capacity of 30 liters.These air coolers are perfect for cooling smaller spaces such as the garage or your patio (approx. 300-500 sq. ft.).
For larger spaces, such as stables, outdoor events or remote industrial sites the Portacool Hurricane series offer power and portability. Using state-of-the-art cooling technology, they provide impressive temperature drops for areas as large as 3,500 sq. ft. Despite their large size, they are surprisingly portable and stable – thanks to their locking caster wheels.
An Environmental Choice
Portable air coolers, also known as desert coolers, come with no harsh or dangerous chemicals such as HCFC refrigerants. Used in air conditioning and refrigeration applications, HCFC refrigerants are liquid coolants, which are flammable and toxic. HCFC refrigerants such as CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), halons and bromides, if leaked affect the environment, as they are responsible for ozone depletion.
Proper Maintenance for Long-Lasting Service
To keep your evaporative cooler up and running for the long summer months, it is important to store it well during the short cooler months. When not in use for a prolonged period of time, make sure to drain out the water to prevent bacterial buildup. You can also inspect the filter pads at regular intervals to ensure they don’t need to be cleaned or replaced.
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