An air cooler is, by default, more energy-efficient than an air conditioner. It consumes up to 90% less electricity than an air conditioner. Therefore, an air cooler is the more environmentally responsible choice out of the two. An air cooler is pretty good at doing its job, as well – it can cool down an indoor setting quite effectively. To make it perform its job better, familiarize yourself with the following features:
Unlike an air conditioner, an air cooler does not require you to seal the windows shut for it to function effectively. In fact, an air cooler needs proper ventilation if it is to function optimally. An air cooler works on the principle of evaporative cooling, and needs access to outdoor air. Good ventilation also takes care of the humidity buildup that might occur due to constant use of an air cooler. Since an air cooler cools your indoor air by passing it through a cooling pad drenched with water, it gradually increases the humidity inside your room. An open window can effectively become an outlet through which the humidity is pumped out.
Some modern air coolers come with an ice compartment. Those that don’t can also benefit from the ice being added to the water reservoir. This will keep the water much cooler, and cool down your room faster. Adding ice can therefore help you tackle the one problem that users have with air coolers: it doesn’t cool the room fast enough. Iced water will help you get the quick cooling you crave. Getting an air cooler with an ice compartment – which will still be much cheaper, and much more environmentally-friendly than an air conditioner – will help you get even quicker cooling.
Every tool goes through wear and tear over time. Regularly servicing your air cooler can help you improve its lifespan significantly. The cooling pad used in air coolers will inevitably collect dust, pollen, and other air-borne irritants through regular use. If not cleaned, the cooling pad will be unable to filter out the pollutants from outdoor air. It’ll also slow down the release of cool air into the room, thereby decreasing the efficiency of the cooler. Regular servicing will ensure that your cooler’s performance is not dragged down by malfunctioning components.
Control the extra humidity
Unlike air conditioners, air coolers maintain, and often increase, the humidity in the air. Humid air keeps your skin well-moisturized and protects you from getting dry flakes. However, too much humidity can help your face feel oily. If you live in a part of the world that’s already humid(for instance, a coastal city), then you can control the extra humidity from the air cooler in two ways:
a) A dehumidifier:
This will suck in the excess humidity from the air in your room. You can adjust its settings to get the balance right.
c) House plants:
If you prefer to use natural means to control your room’s humidity, getting house plants is a great idea. They are natural, cheap, and a lot of them require very little attention.