The benefits of evaporative coolers are many. However, one of the biggest questions consumers ask is, “Will an evaporative cooler fit my budget?” Since a budget can be a big factor when buying a system, the pros definitely need to be plentiful.
One of the best ways to answer this question is to recap on the numerous benefits of an evaporative cooler:
Reduces your Energy Costs Almost in Half
An evaporative cooler uses about 75 percent less electricity when compared to the standard air conditioner. For example, a window unit uses from 500 to 1440 watts and a central air system uses around 3500 watts.
As well, an evaporative cooling system does not need high amperage circuits and only uses 120-volt electricity. The energy efficient system can reduce your energy costs almost in half. The annual savings alone are enough to cover the cost of a new evaporative cooler system.
Installation and Design is Cost Effective
Evaporative cooling systems have a modest design that does not require mass amounts of labor to install. On the other hand, a central air conditioner requires hours of hard work to install the system, ductwork and other necessities. Even the large evaporative cooling systems require just a small duct that forces cooled air to the main living area or to other rooms. And the small unit easily fits in most windows.
In addition, the cost of an evaporative cooling system is about half the price of a central air conditioner. The cost makes it much easier to fit into anyone’s budget.
When it comes to cooling the home, one of your biggest expenses can be maintenance. Not only do central air conditioners need yearly inspections but they can accumulate debris which plays havoc on the system. This alone adds numerous costs for repairs, replacements of parts and annual upkeep making it hard to fit into a budget.
In contrast, evaporative coolers require very little maintenance. Generally, the filter needs changed on occasion. Also, at the end of the year you need to clean and drain any sediment that may have collected in the unit. As well, maintenance on evaporative coolers does not require a special technician and rarely do parts need to be replaced. However, for optimal performance keep the system well maintained and change parts if needed.
Works Best in Arid and Dry Regions
If you live in an arid or dry region, an evaporative cooling system is definitely your best option. This cooling system adds moisture to the air and utilizes the environment. In truth, the system is even more cost effective and efficient in very arid regions. If you live in a humid area, an evaporative cooling system will work effectively in regions with 30 percent humidity.
And when it comes to your budget, you will have even more savings if you live in an extra arid region.