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Last updated April. 27, 2018
Due to the number of advantages air coolers have over fans and air conditioners, air coolers are fast becoming the choice air cooling units for different households and commercial places.
They are reputed for their high level of performance, cost-effectiveness, energy-efficiency, portability, and very cool designs.
Though they are generally great, air coolers come in different sizes, designs, and quality.
The right one will have to depend on a number of factors, including the manufacturers of the product and the environment it is going to be used in.
Here are few things to consider in order to choose the best air cooler for your home, office, or other environments.
The Manufacturers of the Product
There are different manufacturers and suppliers of air coolers and the quality of the product can be determined by the manufacturer.
Though there are regulatory bodies that enforce quality control, some products are inferior in quality when compared to others. There are equally some manufacturers who go out of the way to make their products stronger and more durable.
When you decide to buy an air cooler, make sure the manufacturer has a good reputation. It is also better to buy products that are made by manufacturers who have their plants within your location.
This will make it easier to have someone who can fix the product if ever any issue arises. It will also make the spare parts of the unit to be readily available and less expensive.
Choose the Right Size
Air coolers come in different sizes and you have to find the size that will fit the space that you need to be cooled. It's important to keep various factors in mind while choosing an air cooler.
Based on their size, air coolers can be grouped into two types: personalized air coolers are small and ideal for small to mid-size rooms, while desert air coolers are larger and are used for the cooling of medium to large-size rooms or commercial spaces.
While a small air cooler will not be able to cool a large room adequately, buying a large one for a small room will amount to waste of resources. You have to find the right size at the right price that will perform optimally.
Check the Quality of the Pad
The cooling pads are the parts of the air cooler that perform the actual task of cooling the air. The performance of any air cooler will be greatly determined by the quality of the air pads it has.
Depending on their appearance and the materials they are made of, the pads are of two types, namely honeycomb cooling pads and wood wool cooling pads. Honeycomb cooling pads are made of cellulose materials and look like honeycomb.
Though air coolers that operate with honeycomb cooling pad are a little more expensive, they are more efficient, more durable, and need less maintenance.
Wood wool pads are made of wood shavings or synthetic fiber and look like grass.
Air coolers with them may be less expensive, but they are also less efficient, less durable, and needs high maintenance.
You will also need to consider the thickness of the pad before making a purchase. They should have the thickness of, at least, 90mm.
Water Tank Capacity
Generally, the water tank capacity of an air cooler will depend on the type or size of the unit. Room or personal air coolers normally have tanks of 20 to 30 liters capacities, while desert air coolers have tanks of 30 to 50 liters capacities.
Whether buying a room or desert air cooler, ensure that you buy one that has water tank of high capacity.
This is because the water capacity determines how long the unit can work before needing refilling.
Make sure you buy an air cooler that has the right capacity for the space you want to get cool. It is advisable to buy air coolers that have removable water tanks.
The airflow of an air cooler depends on the mechanism in place. Fans create airflow with low pressure but high volume, making it the ideal mechanism for large evaporative air coolers.
Blowers create high-pressure airflow at high volume and are ideal for room air coolers. The airflow of an air cooler is measured in Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM) and you can determine the CFM requirement of the space you want to cool by multiplying the size of the space (in square feet) by the height of the ceiling (in feet) and dividing by 2.
For instance, if your room is 400 sq feet, and the height of the ceiling is 10 feet, (400 X 10)/2 = 2000. This means you need an air cooler with CFM of 2000 to cool the room adequately.
Make sure that you buy an air cooler that has an option for regulating speed: this makes it possible for you to alter the speed of the unit depending on your mood and the prevailing temperature condition.
Most air coolers come with a remote control which offers quick access to settings so that you don’t need to get up and turn knobs in order to change the speed of the fan or any other settings.
Wheels for Easy Movement
Different designs of air coolers come with functional wheels that make it easy for them to be moved from one part of the room to another, or to an entirely different room or space.
There are now varying designs of air coolers in the market. Manufacturers are coming up with some beautifully designed models every day.
Look out for the ones that will fit well with other appliances in your room and contribute to the general aesthetics.
Consider the price you are paying for the air cooler; is it a true reflection of its value? Try comparing prices so that you don’t end up spending more than necessary.
An air cooler is a modern solution to temperature control and it is better than other traditional air cooling options due to a number of reasons mentioned already.
They come in different brands and specifications, and it is really important that you buy the best type at the best price. The factors discussed above can help you choose the best air cooler.
If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.