Remember the childhood days when you used to stand in front of an open fridge until mom started yelling? How about fanning yourself with a magazine even when your fan is running? Yes, summers in India can be quite rough with some parts experiencing temperatures up to a scorching 45 degrees.
Installing air coolers to battle this unbearable heat is a common practice. Air coolers are both cost effective and a source of comfort. Air coolers use a natural way of cooling. They use water as a coolant, as opposed to the harmful CFC coolants used in ACs. However, rising temperatures every year forces you to come up with creative ways to keep things cooler. If you use an electric air cooler for summer, here are a few ways you can beat the summer heat more efficiently.
1. Ensure your room is properly ventilated
When using an air cooler in a room, make sure that the room is properly ventilated. Air coolers work on the principle of evaporation - hot air is blown through the cooling pads soaked with water which cools down the air blown out. So for efficient cooling, a smooth airflow is essential. So in order to get the best output of your air cooler, it's best to place it in front of a window or near one. A well-ventilated room also helps in pushing the humidity out. Keep the windows in the room open, just enough to maintain a healthy flow of air.
2. Add ice to the cooler water
Another way to increase the cooling efficiency of your cooler is to add ice in the water. Many coolers now-a-days come with dedicated ice compartments. Adding ice to the cooler tank helps in making the pads cooler, thus cooling the air passing through them.
However, it’s important to remember that adding ice is not very effective in the long run. Although it helps in decreasing the temperature or the humidity in the room, adding too much causes the evaporation process to slow down, hampering efficiency of cooling. When dealing with unbearably high temperatures, adding ice proves to be more effective.
3. Saturate cooling pads before use
Saturating the cooling pad with water before using can help in the delivery of cooler air. In order to ensure instant cooling let the pump run while the tank is being filled with water. Keeping the pump on will network the water through the cooling pads, allowing them to be soaked beforehand. Once the tank is full, you can run the fan. This way you will enjoy cooler air as soon as you turn it on.
4. Take proper care of the cooler
Cooler will be as efficient as you keep it. Get it checked before using it every summer. The cooling pads are the first thing that needs maintenance since over time they collect dust. Use a brush to clean the pads once a week. Replace it altogether if a lot of dust has been accumulated.
Next comes the water tank. Make sure it’s clean and there are no leaks. Cleaning the fan blades will help improve the fan’s efficiency. It’s advisable to get your air cooler serviced frequently. It will not only ensure better cooling but also a longer cooler life.
5. A few other things to consider
A few other things to keep in mind so as to increase the efficiency of your cooler are to keep the drapes in your room shut to avoid excess heat from entering. Also, finding the perfect place for installing your air cooler can help you lower the temperature effectively.
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