Okay, you have decided that it is time to replace your old air conditioning system. Maybe you’ve just bought a new home and you need to outfit it with a brand new AC. Whatever the case may be, we strongly recommend that you take the time to review your home cooling options very carefully. The last thing that you want to do is to pass up a great home cooling option just because you were not aware of it and its benefits!
One option that too many homeowners frequently overlook is the evaporative cooler. While the traditional split central air conditioner is certainly a great system and worthy of your consideration, the fact remains that you really ought to weigh your options carefully in order to ensure that you get the best system for your unique needs and user preferences. We are here to help you every step of the way, so be sure to schedule your air conditioning installation in Fresno with our team!
How Evaporative Coolers and Central ACs Differ
A central air conditioner is a refrigerant-based cooling system. The refrigerant in a central AC evaporates in the indoor evaporator coil. This allows the system to remove heat from the air in the house. That hot refrigerant then goes out into the outdoor condenser coil. It is condensed—hence the name—in order to release its heat outside. This process continues until desired temperatures are met.
An evaporative cooler, on the other hand, doesn’t use refrigerant in its operation at all. Instead, a saturated pad is used to cool the air blowing through it. You know how it can feel chilly when you get out of the water on the beach, even if the day is hot? This is because water is evaporating off of your skin—much like how your body cools itself down by producing sweat that evaporates. The pad or wick is fed water to keep it moist, and a fan blows the air through the system in order to regulate temperatures.
What Are the Benefits of Evaporative Cooling?
A split central air conditioner cools air by evaporating refrigerant, and that cooling process also draws some moisture out of the air. Not as much as a designated dehumidifier, mind you, but enough to really dry out the air if your AC is running regularly, as ours so often are. An evaporative cooler doesn’t do this. In fact, it can help to keep your home sufficiently humidified if the air within is too dry.
The major benefit of evaporative cooling, however, is the comparatively low operating cost. While the evaporation of refrigerant is an effective cooling method, it does require a fair amount of power. That power costs money. Because the evaporative cooler really just requires the use of a fan, rather than powering a whole refrigerant cycle, it uses less energy. That means that it is more affordable to run.
If you have any questions or are ready to schedule any AC services, contact the pros at California Indoor Comfort Inc. Where comfort and technology come together.