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4 Ways To Make Your Air Cooler More Efficient This Summer

BY Solenco Reporter

Summers can be rough in certain parts of South Africa where temperatures can easily reach 45 degree Celsius! Many living in the hot and dry climates make use of evaporative air coolers to battle the summer heat. These units are both, cost effective and also provide a lot of comfort.
 
But how can you use your evaporative air cooler more efficiently? We’ve compiled a few simple tips that can help you achieve just that.

Ensure proper ventilation

One of the most efficient ways of using an air cooler is to provide proper ventilation for it in the room. The common misconception is that air coolers, like air conditioners work efficiently, if they are placed in closed spaces. That simply is not true. Air coolers work on the basis of evaporation, by blowing hot air through cooling pads that have been soaked with water. Hence a smooth airflow is essential for its cooling.

 

The best place to position your air cooler is right in front of the window. Hotter air will lead to faster evaporation which in turn results in cooler air blown out by the fan. It’s also important to create good ventilation in the room to push the humidity out. In order to do this, you need to open windows in the room. Take care not to open them too wide or it will only result in increasing the room’s temperature. You can experiment by adjusting the window a little to improve the amount of cooling.

Add ice to water

Another effective way of increasing the cooling efficiency is by adding ice to the water in the tank. In fact, some coolers also come with dedicated ice compartments. Adding ice to the water makes the pads cooler, resulting in cool air passing through them. However, it is only effective when you are seated very close to the cooler. In the long run though, adding ice will not help decrease the temperature or the humidity in the room. Adding too much ice can also cause the evaporation process to slow down, hampering the efficiency of the air cooler. This makes it important to know, so as to know when to put ice in the cooler. Adding ice will prove to be more effective when you’re dealing with very high temperatures.

Take good care of your air cooler

It is important to check and perform proper maintenance on your air cooler. One of the first things you should do is clean the cooling pads as these can collect dust and pollen over time. You can use a brush to clean the pads once a week. If a lot of dust has accumulated, then the best option would be to replace them. It’s also important to clean the water tank and make sure there are no leaks. A quick swipe over the fan blades will help improve the efficiency. It’s advisable to get the air cooler serviced regularly. If you want professional help, then you can always contact our service centre to assist by doing a quick maintenance run and repairs.

Saturate the cooling pads before use

One way of ensuring instant cooling is by letting the pump run while filling the tank with water. The pump will run the water through the cooling pads, allowing them to soak the water beforehand. You can run the fan after the tank is full. This helps the cooler to cool the air, as soon as you turn it on.

Other things to consider

There are a few other things you can do to increase the efficiency of your air cooler. Make sure you have the air cooler installed in the right place, where it can lower the temperature effectively while providing cool air to everybody in the room.
 
If you are considering replacing your air cooler or wanting to purchase one, we have a wide range of air coolers to choose from.
 
For more information, contact us at info@solencosa.co.za .

 October 25, 2017
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