If you are lucky enough to own a holiday home, you will want to keep it comfortably cool during the hottest parts of the year, whether you use your home yourself or rent it out to travellers. Conventional, ducted air conditioners and split systems are valid choices, but evaporative coolers (also known as swamp coolers) can be particularly suitable for holiday residences.
Advantages Of Choosing Evaporative Cooling For Holiday Homes
Evaporative coolers are generally much less expensive than air conditioning systems, and because they do not rely on air ducts or coolant conduits to function, they are also cheaper and easier to install.
Running costs for an evaporative cooler are also significantly lower than the most energy-efficient air conditioning systems. They can be connected to your holiday home's main 120-volt electrical circuit, instead of the dedicated, high-voltage circuits required by many air conditioner models. This will help you minimise upkeep costs for your holiday home.
Evaporative coolers cost less to run than air conditioners because they use a lot less power when operating. In addition, they do not rely on toxic refrigerant liquids, unlike conventional air conditioners. This makes evaporative cooling an eco-friendly and energy-efficient cooling option.
Evaporative coolers are less mechanically complex than air conditioners. As a result, they require less maintenance and are less vulnerable to mechanical malfunctions. This makes them particularly useful if you rent out your holiday home, as they are much less likely to break down while you are too far away to supervise repairs.
Disadvantages Of Choosing Evaporative Cooling For Holiday Homes
Limited Cooling Power
Evaporative coolers have limited cooling power compared to most air conditioning systems, and may not be able to cope if your holiday home is particularly large or poorly insulated. They are also incapable of cooling multiple rooms at once, so you should opt for a ducted air conditioner or multi-room split system if you want to keep your entire holiday home at an even temperature.
Evaporative coolers humidify the air inside a building as they function, and can make your holiday home uncomfortably humid if it is located in an area with a naturally humid climate. On the other hand, they tend to dry out quickly and become less efficient if the surrounding air is very dry, so they will require more frequent maintenance if used in areas with arid climates.
Talk to a heating and cooling professional to learn more about evaporative coolers.