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How to Make Your Air Cooler Effective

An evaporative cooler can save you a lot of money on electricity bills when the temperature skyrockets during the summer months. Unlike an air conditioner, which relies on constant electrical energy to work, coolers use the natural process of evaporation to cool the air. If you already have a cooler, you’re likely enjoying the energy-saving and sustainability that it provides. However, the trick to getting the most out of your evaporative cooler is knowing how to use it. Here are a few tips tricks you can use to make your cooler work at peak efficiency.

Proper ventilation

Since most coolers work on the principle of evaporative cooling, ensure there is adequate ventilation. A ceaseless airflow in and out of the house is necessary for air-coolers to cool effectively. For steady airflow, position the cooler near windows and keep them open. It is essential to note that air should not be accumulated in the room. This not only decreases the cooler’s efficiency, but the air’s moisture can dampen the walls, ceiling windows, and doorframes. If you have wooden items, the moisture will encourage mold growth.

Add cold water to the water tray

Running an air cooler means “unlearning “something you know about traditional air conditioning. Most people think that hot water would evaporate quickly since it’s closer to the boiling point. However, cold to room temperature water straight from the tank works best. Remember to add water to the water tray and keep it filled up. Most coolers come with an indicator if the water is running low.

Saturate the cooling pad before use

One way of ensuring instant cooling is switching on the water pump for some minutes before switching on the cooler fan. The pump will run the water through the cooling pads to soak it with water in advance.  Thus, the cooler will be able to cool the air as soon as you turn it on. This tip helps you save energy since you won’t be blowing hot air around before the cooler reaches its total cooling capacity.

Buy some house plants.

It is crucial to keep the humidity down if you want to get the best from using an air cooler. A natural way to reduce air moisture is by adding houseplants to the indoor space. House plants suck all the extra moisture from your indoor air. They also help to prevent moisture build-up, thus allowing the air cooler to do its thing. When choosing the right house plant for this purpose, choose those adapted to satisfying their water needs through the air rather than soil. Some indoor plants that can help in moisture absorption include Succulents, Yucca, Aloe Vera, Boston fern, Bromeliads, English ivy, and cacti.

Add ice to experience excellent cooling.

Adding Ice to the water in the tank increases the cooling efficiency. The cooling pads become cooler and thus resulting in cool air passing through them. You’ll mainly experience the amazing cool air if you’re seated very close to the cooler. Note that adding too much Ice slows down the evaporation process, hampering the cooling efficiency. Thus, this tip is more effective when you’re dealing with very high temperatures.

Use a dehumidifier

If it is just too hot to open windows, you can opt to use a dehumidifier instead. The machine helps to reduce the amount of water in the atmosphere by collecting it in a water reservoir until you’re ready to drain it. This makes the air more suited for the air cooler to use in the evaporative cooling process. It is advisable to use the dehumidifier near the cooler’s air intake grill for the best result.

Regular maintenance

Like any other appliance, a cooler runs efficiently when appropriately cleaned, packed, and stored. Ensure you inspect and clean your cooling pads with a brush before using the cooler for the first time in summer. In case there is too much dirt and dust, replace the cooling pad or choose a professional to help you. Secondly, clean the water tank and ensure it has no leaks. Thirdly, a quick swipe over the fan blades helps to improve the efficiency of the air-cooler. It is also essential to do the following mid-season maintenance.

  • Inspect the cooling pads for cracks or mildew and replace them as needed
  • Wipe down the exterior
  • Vacuum air intake grills and fans
  • Wash out the tank with a mild soap and water solution

Before storing your cooler for winter, clean it thoroughly and drain the water entirely from the system. Storing a dump unit is a surefire way to end up with mildew and other problems during the next season it will be in use.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does an air cooler work?

Water is pumped from a tank/reservoir to wet the cooling. The fan or blower draws warm air from outside. The hot air passes through the wet cooling pads, where it is cooled through evaporation. It is then blown out into the room by the air cooler. Water absorbs heat from the air, thus reducing the room temperature making the environment feel cooler.

  • Where can I use an air cooler?

Air coolers can be used in both indoor and semi-indoors locations such as backyards, garages, and porches. They can  also be used in both dry and humid climates. However, it is critical to note that coolers work by adding moisture to the air, and hence, it is not advisable to use them indoors in highly humid and hot areas.

  • What is the difference between air coolers and air conditioners?

Air conditioners use chemical cooling refrigerants and energy-consuming compressors to absorb and condense hot air into cool air. On the other hand, air coolers use the natural water evaporation process to cool incoming warm air and use a powerful fan to push out the freshly cooled air.

  • Can you control the temperature?

No, the temperature depends on the type of cooler you have, the temperature outside, and the humidity.

  • Can I use a cooler in an enclosed area?

No. It is essential to ensure proper ventilation areas such as windows and doors when using a cooler. The air you put in must be able to go out.

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