Summer cooling can end up costing chunk of your household budget so now is the perfect time to think about buying an evaporative cooler as it could save you a good deal on your cooling costs. An attractive alternative to traditional air-cons are swamp coolers, also known as evaporative coolers. Evaporative coolers work on a different principle to air-cons.Air-cons pull moisture out of the air and release dry, cool air back into the room, while evaporative coolers take in warm air from outside and run it through a process of evaporative cooling where cool water is poured over a set of porous pads. The pads cool the air down and then expel in into the room. Evaporative cooling prices can vary greatly depending on the solution you are looking at. There are fixed and portable units for you to choose from, now that you understand the core differences between the two, it’s time to consider if an evaporative cooler is the right cooling solution for you. For some more information please visit this page on applications of evaporative coolers.
- Am I living in the right environment?
Evaporative coolers are incredibly efficient and save a bunch on energy. If you live in a dry climate that has low humidity, then they make for a perfect means of cooling your home. You can find out more on our evaporative coolers FAQ page here or why not contact us today and let one of the GMC Aircon team help you with any questions you may have.
However, if you live close to the coastline, where the humidity is high, then you should rather consider a closed-system aircon or a portable air-con system. Evaporative cooling prices on systems varies depending on whether you are looking at a portable or fixed unit, so take this into account when selecting the right solution for your home.
The reason for this is that evaporative coolers pull the air through water to cool it down, when it is released into the room, it will require an exit point that can move the volume of air pumped in by the system and pushed out into the environment outside.
If the air outside is already humid, then the moisture in the room will increase, or perhaps swelling door frames and wooden furniture.
- Just how much can I save using a swamp cooler?
Swamp coolers are a lot more efficient that traditional air-cons, and savings on their energy consumption alone can be more than 80% where compared with a traditional air-con, the savings over an entire season would be quite dramatic.
Swamp coolers use a natural process of cooling, therefore they are also a much more environmentally friendly choice, releasing no harmful CFCs into the atmosphere. With this cooling system, you are now able to reduce your cooling costs and your carbon footprint at the same time. You can find out more here on an introduction to evaporative coolers.
One of the drawbacks to air-con cooling is that it dries out the air to a point that can become uncomfortable, with an evaporative or swamp cooler, you receive naturally humid air through the system and as it circulates within the room, feels a lot more natural. The evaporative cooling prices for the solutions available are also very attractive when compared to traditional air-cons making them a lox cost solution with great efficiency.
- What size unit do I need for my application?
Swamp coolers are suited to their room size by their power output that is measured in BTU’s, or British Thermal Unit. To ensure the best cooling results, you will need a cooling system that is matched to your room size, failure to purchase the right sized unit will either result in the room not being cooled effectively, or the room being over-cooled and becoming damp.
For advice on selecting the best-sized unit for your cooling application, send us an email with your room size and our team of expert professionals will suggest the right solution for you.
- What are the different types of swamp coolers?
Evaporative coolers come different model types, the portable units, which you are able to set up anywhere you go, and the fixed window mounted types. These coolers are meant to cool a room, not an entire house, so if you want to keep your entire house cool, you will need a unit in every room, or you can take a portable evap cooler room to room with you.
The best part about the portables is you can take them with you where ever you go, they are light and are usually mounted on castors where you can move them around in the room to position the airflow correctly. Evaporative cooling prices can differ depending on the size and output of the unit, get a quote for a system and compare it to traditional air-con systems and you will find that it is quite a bit cheaper.
- This technology sounds primitive; will I have to control it manually?
It may be an age old method of cooling, but modern technology has stepped in to assist with most swamp coolers featuring thermostats that are electronically controlled. Most new swamp cooler come with LED interfaces and programmable memory settings and even remote controls to improve your quality of life with ease.
- Does a swamp cooler require maintenance?
Swamp coolers require very little, to no maintenance to ensure that they operate with maximum efficiency.
As the summer season begins, check your cooler to make sure that the water pump is operating properly and drawing the water over the pads. Clean out the drip tray and wipe down the pad frames. Make sure the filter is cleaned to eliminate any stale smells that might occur.
Toward the end of the season, check on the cooler again to make sure everything is clean and running effectively. If at any time during the season your cooler seems to be running less efficiently, it may be either because the pads are too wet or too dry. A quick check on the system will give you the correct course of action to take.
Got more Questions?
If you have any more questions on evaporative cooling prices or technical specifications that you need answers to, before you decide on whether or not evaporative cooling is the right solution for your home or office, contact us with your requirements and our team of highly trained consultants will make sure we find the right cooling system for your application. If you ready to make a purchase then you can shop now safely and securely in our online shop, we offer a 2 year warranty on all of our products as well as free delivery anywhere in South Africa. Click here to find out more.