Baby, it’s hot outside! The summer is here in full force but are you cooling your home efficiently? Are you able to maintain a comfortable temperature without breaking the bank? Don’t sweat it - as the mercury soars, we look at the three most common options to cool your home.
Questions to consider when choosing a cooling system
- What size an area needs to be cooled?
- Does your whole house need to be cooled or just a couple of rooms?
- For what percentage of the year do you need to cool your house?
- For how long each day and night do you need to use a cooling system?
In our hottest and most humid regions and during heat waves, fans alone won’t provide enough relief from the heat as they circulate air but do nothing to physically lower the temperature or the humidity. You can expect the feeling a fan produces to replicate a drop of around 3°C. Available as ceiling or wall mounted models, or portable table or floor models, they are the cheapest to buy and run. Running your air conditioner at a higher temperature but combining it with a fan is one of the most efficient ways to cool your home in very hot weather.
Evaporative coolers use a pump to circulate water onto a cooling pad. A fan then draws hot air from outside, through the pad, whereupon it is cooled by evaporation. As such, evaporative coolers are not suitable for humid areas. You will also need to check that there are no restrictions on using water for evaporative cooling in your area. If you do opt for an evaporative cooler, choose one with a thermostat for greater efficiency.
Air conditioners - whether portable, wall, window, split or ducted - provide the greatest amount of cool air in the shortest amount of time. They are also the most expensive to buy and run but if you live in an area that frequently experiences high heat and/or humidity, this may be your only option to ensure that you, your family and your home stay comfortable. Ensure your home is well insulated and always shut windows and doors when using an air conditioner. Also make sure that you purchase the correct size for your room(s) by using an online calculator which works out your cooling requirements based on the features of a specific room.