Having a good air cooler makes the summer easy. Many people get confused about what type of air cooler to select? In this guide we explain all the nitty-gritty details about selecting the best air cooler. As people's purchase power has increased people nowadays are shifting towards Air conditioners. Even through air coolers have made the permanent place in the Indian household.
Try our Air Cooler selector to choose right Air Cooler by answering simple questions without reading any buying guide.
Well, along with the advantages there are few disadvantages are there for air coolers. Few are listing few air cooler disadvantages, side effects below.
Both the types of air coolers are good and suitable for particular room and environment. We are listing the main differences between the coolers below. Check out this air cooler types for a complete discussion.
Finding the difference between the two makes your decision much easier. Room cooler vs desert cooler is the most common debate. Here is a small table explaining the differences between two types of air coolers.
|Air cooler type||Features|
|Personal air cooler
|Desert air cooler
Below table summaries the differences. If you are still confused please see the below table categorizing the differences based on the features.
|Feature||Personal air cooler||Desert air cooler|
|Room type||Small to mid-size rooms||Medium to large size rooms|
|Water tank capacity||20 - 30 liters||30 - 60 liters|
|Air circulation||Huge fans||Blowers|
|Price||Price starts from Rs. 5,000||Price starts from Rs. 8,000|
Cooling pads are attached to the sides of air cooler and when air passed through it, the pads cools down the air. There are two cooling pads available in the market.
|Air cooler cooling pad type||Features|
|Honeycomb cooling pads
|Aspen wood wool cooling pads
|Feature||Honeycomb cooling pads||Aspen cooling pads|
|Material type||Cellulose material, look like honeycomb||Made of wood shavings synthetic fibre, look like grass maintenance|
Make sure the air cooler is sufficient for your room size. As we have mentioned earlier personal air cooler is good for small to mid size room and desert air cooler is best for large room size. Apart from that you can check the product description of the air cooler. Look for the 'Area covered' or ‘Cooling area’ specification in the model description. Area covered should be equal or more than your room size. For your reference we are attaching the screen shot of the Flipkart product description page.
There is another way to decide the same based on Air delivery or Air displacement (CFM). CFM denotes the total air in the room that's get changes in for every 2 minutes. But it usually mentioned based on hours making it more complex. While making purchase you can check the CFM as well. The formula for CFM is
CFM in hours = (room surface area in square feets * room height * 0.84)
For example, for 200 square feet home of height 8 feet, the required CFM is 200 * 8 * 0.84 = 1344.
By definition air coolers in high humid areas do not work well. If you still have air cooler in your home, try adding ice water to water tank, or put ice cubes in Ice cubes tray. Nowadays many brands saying they have “humidity control” feature. But based on our research we have not found any evidence saying how this “humid control” feature works and how effective it is. If you do know anything about it, please do send us the information. For example Symphony Hicool is such well known air cooler.
There are so many terms on knowing air cooler add on features. Here is short summary on the commonly used terminology.
You can keep the ice cubes in the top tray of air cooler. Slowly when ice melts, the ice water gets added to the water tank.
Many people mention this as saying that air cooler consumes very less powers so it even can run on the inverter. Air coolers consume very less electricity like 120 watts to 180 watts. Say you have lights and fan which consume 200 watts then buying 600 VA inverter is sufficient. Buying 900 VA inverter is more than enough.
Just like AC, you can change or alter air cooler functionality using remote control.
You can alter fan speed using this button, you can alter to low speed or high speed.
As name suggest the water level indicator tells you whether water tank is filled or not. It is very helpful while filling the water. The indicator made of manually.
Make sure air cooler matches the aesthetics of your room. Tower air coolers are the latest buzz with new design trend in the market. Tower air coolers not only offer the new design but also save lot of floor space.
When the water level is dropped below the required level, you can hear alarm indicating the lower water level. This feature is available in high end air coolers. This is very helpful, as running the air cooler without water may damage the air cooler motor. This feature is usually available in high end air coolers only.