An evaporative cooler is a device that provides a low-cost alternative to conventional air-conditioners, and it’s the perfect product to install in homes that are built in desert areas. Such device combines a natural process of water evaporation with air-moving technology, thus offering very effective cooling. To help the process of selecting an evaporative cooler unit that will suit your home best, we have prepared this simple guide.
First and the most important aspect to consider in an evaporative cooler unit is its size. Not only will the device with a proper size offer perfect cooling, it will also use less energy and money while operating. So how do you select an evaporative cooler unit of a proper size?
You may know that the air-conditioner’s output is measured by British Thermal Units or BTUs. Evaporative coolers, on the other hand, are rated by the cubic feet per minute, CFM, meaning the amount of air the device is able to blow into the room per one minute. Determining the proper size of an evaporative cooler is pretty easy, all you have to do is use a specific formula: calculate the cubic feet of the area that requires cooling and then divide it by two. The number you will receive is the CFM rating that your future evaporative cooler unit should have.
Now that you know the main characteristic of the evaporative cooler, you might move on to the next step and consider all of the additional features and options such device should offer.
For example, to make the process of adjusting the temperature level or the air-flow easier, you might want the cooler to be equipped with a thermostat or programmable controls or both.
In addition to that, select the device that is manufactured from long-lasting materials. Since any evaporative cooler unit is constantly contacting with water, its inner parts have to be water-resistant.
Moreover, don’t forget about maintenance. The bigger and more powerful such device is, the more difficult it is to maintain it. The automatic cleaning option will make this process much easier and will help you save your time in a ling run.
The installation type of an evaporative cooler is also something to consider when selecting such device for your home. Make sure you have enough space on the wall or ceiling to install all of the necessary tubes and wires. If not, you might look for a portable cooler that doesn’t require installation and can be moved to any area of the room.
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