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Preparing for My Dream Home

My husband and I have spent a lot of time consulting with an architect. After living in our cramped, starter home for the past 11 years, we were finally ready to make some needed changes to it. We have added an extra 600 square feet of space onto our house. Before the construction began, we finalized the plans for our new heating and air conditioning unit with our HVAC contractor. Because our home was going to be substantially bigger than it is now, we purchased a larger HVAC system. We also installed a new, digital thermostat inside my home. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of HVAC units to buy for mid-size homes. Enjoy!


Preparing for My Dream Home

3 Key Advantages Of Evaporative Coolers

by Rita Richardson

There's no denying that traditional air conditioners are great at cooling a house. Yet not everybody can afford the higher electricity bills that tend to come with them. Luckily, evaporative coolers offer an effective and low cost way of achieving similar results. If you would like to learn more about the advantages of evaporative cooling, read on. This article will discuss three key things that you should know.

Evaporative coolers are easier on the environment.

Traditional methods of air conditioning accomplish their goal through the use of chemical refrigerants. While the safety standards of such refrigerants are strictly regulated by the federal government, many people still worry about their effect on the environment. That's because many such refrigerants contain chlorofluorocarbons, which certain studies have associated with the degradation of the ozone layer.

Unlike air conditioners, evaporative coolers do not utilize any refrigerants. Their cooling power is accomplished through the use of water. This water is held in special pads over which warm outside air is drawn. The water helps to absorb the excess heat, thus blowing fresh cool air into your home.

Evaporative coolers fill your home with fresh air.

To a large degree, the efficacy of traditional air conditioners relies on the fact that the same air is constantly being recirculated throughout your home. This fact is dictated by necessity. You see, if an AC was constantly drawing in warm air from outside, the attendant energy bill would be enormous. While recirculating the same cool air does help to increase the efficiency of an air conditioner, it also means that the air in your home becomes more and more stale as time goes on.

An evaporative cooler, on the other hand, situates itself in the perfect middle ground between a window fan and an air conditioner. Not only does it draw a constant stream of fresh air into your home, but it effortlessly cools this air by utilizing the heat absorbing properties of water. That means that you can cool your home without sacrificing the pleasant and invigorating presence of fresh air.

Evaporative coolers will lower your energy bill.

The effectiveness of traditional air conditioners is linked in large part to their high energy consumption. That's because, in order to function, the refrigerant must be constantly condensed from its gas to its liquid state as it absorbs excess heat. This task requires the use of a condenser motor. Such motors tend to require a good deal of energy to function.

Evaporative coolers, by contrast, do not contain compressor motors. In fact, they only use electricity to power the fan that draws air in from outdoors. As a result, they offer significant energy savings, using as much as 75 percent less energy than traditional ACs. 

For more information about the differences between evaporative coolers and central air conditioning, contact a local HVAC company like A One Heating & Air Conditioning.