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Evaporative cooling is a type of air conditioning that has become very popular in Adelaide. Instead of relying on a refrigerant to cool air, it uses the natural process of evaporation. Evaporative cooling has many benefits over conventional refrigerant-based air conditioning systems, such as reduced running costs.
You can easily protect your home and optimise your evaporative cooler’s performance with a worry free Sharpe Evaporative Safety Service. Our accredited evap technicians will Inspect, Test & Report on multiple aspects of your evaporative cooler – including air filters, fan motors, pumps, float valves, water feeders and drains.
The Australian Refrigeration Council Ltd (ARC) is the peak body for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry in Australia, servicing over 90,000 individuals and businesses. The ARC administers refrigerant handling licences and refrigerant trading authorisations on behalf of the Australian Government, to professionals in the refrigeration/air conditioning and auto industry.
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An evaporative cooling air conditioner is cheaper to run and much more environmentally friendly than refrigerative air conditioners.
In certain operational conditions, an evaporative cooling air conditioner can consume 90% less power than a ducted air conditioner. Since it uses the natural process of evaporation to cool air, it is environmentally friendly and gives out less ozone-damaging emissions.
The air produced by an evaporative cooling system is not as cold and crisp as the air from a ducted reverse cycle or split system, but it is more comfortable. It has a much higher moisture content (due to the evaporation process), better on the skin and feels more natural.
If you like really cold air conditioning, go for a split system or ducted reverse cycle. But if you like a more open, natural environment in your home, you should definitely look into an evaporative cooling system.
Evaporative cooling is becoming a popular home cooling solution for homeowners in arid regions, where the hot, dry air is a major nuisance. If you’re considering an air conditioner purchase in the near future, an evaporative cooler might be the ideal solution for you. Here are just a few things to consider when searching for your next air conditioning solution.
For all the latest and greatest in home heating and air-conditioning solutions contact our friendly team at Sharpe. We’re proud to be South Australia’s top evaporative cooling dealer, and we offer a host of evaporative coolers from well-known companies like Breezair, Coolair, and Braemar – all manufactured by the award-winning Seeley International in Lonsdale. We’ll give you a quote and inspection for free, and we back our evaporative coolers with a 10-year structural warranty and a 25-year warranty on the injection moulded cabinet. Our convenient Adelaide location means you have easy access to our knowledgeable experts, who can help you find the evaporative cooling solution that is right for you.
Evaporative Cooling manufacturers such as Braemar & Breezair, invest heavily into R&D to ensure their evaporative cooling systems operate with the lowest noise emissions. Braemar for instance, boasts aStealth ® technology that makes the unit almost inaudible. Technological advancements to fan blade design, and the fact that no refrigeration is required, makes evaporative cooling systems very quiet to operate.
When it comes to efficiency, nothing comes close to the evaporative air conditioner. It truly is the lowest cost air conditioning system to run. Breezair, which manufactures the Super Cool system, provides that their unit could run at just one-tenth (1/10!) the power consumption of an equivalent 20kw ducted reverse cycle. This translates into a cost savings of $346 every year! If low cost of running is your priority, you should go with an evaporative cooling system.
Evaporative cooling uses water to cool air. Unlike the split system and ducted reverse cycle, which uses a refrigerant. Water is cheaper than refrigerant and more readily accessible. For instance, you will need to check your refrigerant levels regularly (usually during an air conditioning service) and top it up if you use a refrigerative system. The new Evap systems automatically drains the internals after each use, reducing mould buildup. All water is stored in a reservoir to avoid wastage.
This is a comparison often made by home owners during their pre-purchase evaluation. Below are some important considerations.
Evaporative Cooling Benefits
Do you live in an area that experiences high humidity? If this is the case, then an evaporative cooling system in your home or office isn’t going to be ideal. This is because an evaporative cooling system uses running waters to run the system’s filters and in humid and high heat, the evaporative process doesn’t work correctly, and the system does not offer the benefits intended.
Locations Northern Territory, Queensland and coastal parts of NSW can’t take advantage of the system due to intense humidity in the said areas. As for Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide, the evaporative cooling will work efficiently because of the locations’ appropriate temperature.
Meanwhile, the running cost of the system is also one of the major factors that consumers consider when looking for an evaporative cooling. For every hour the system is in use, you only require as 60 litres of water to use the unit. This type of system would only cost around $0,50 of electricity per hour or even less, a massive comparative saving which you are looking at traditional air conditioning units.
Split System A/C Benefits
On the other hand, a split system is comparatively cheaper to the other types of cooling systems. Split systems are wall mounted in a specific room and are suitable for individuals that are looking for a cool environment that is isolated in a specific room. While there is a cost for installing a split system, and space is required for the exterior condenser unit, the system will work in locations throughout Australia and will offer an instant heating or cooling function for any space.
Regardless if it’s summer or winter, the split system will still do wonders in heating or cooling your home. As well as this, a split system does not use water and only requires power and general maintenance as required.
Compared to the evaporative cooling system, a split system may consume more of your budget when it comes to the running costs. Some units may gobble us as much as $1.50 to $2 in electricity per hour using a 5kW unit running inside a small home. That said, you can find split system air conditioning models that offer inverter type technology that are more energy-efficient.
Each system has its own sets of pros and cons. It is very important that you should think about a couple of considerations before making your decision.
Check how much space in your home or office you need to cool during the summer season. Knowing the size of the area will let you know how efficient both systems can be for your home. You will need a high-powered cooling system if it’s for your office. A small room or even an apartment may only require a smaller cooling unit that can provide the right cool temperature during summer.
Our team can assist you with the servicing and repairs of all kinds and brands of air conditioners along with the supplying and installation of new air conditioners too.
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