How to select air cooler, air cooler buying guide 2024, India
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How to select air cooler, air cooler buying guide 2024, India

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.

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Air coolers advantages

  • The first reason anyone can think of is the air cooler cost. Air coolers are very cost effective. A very good air cooler comes under Rs. 7,000, whereas air conditioner price starts from Rs. 30, 000.
  • For the very big halls, buying a Air conditioner is super expensive. You need to take at least 2 ton AC which costs around Rs. 60,000. Whereas for such use cases a good Desert cooler works very well.
  • Less operating cost. Running air cooler is not a burden on your wallet. It saves electricity bill.
  • Air cooler provides fresh air blended with cool water. It is more close to the nature.
  • Air coolers are more eco-friendly. Unlike air conditioners they won't make the compressor surrounding environment hot. Read more about Air cooler Vs Air conditioner in our other blog post.
  • Air coolers are very much portable. You can move air cooler from one room to another room very easily on the wheels.

Air coolers disadvantages

Well, along with the advantages there are few disadvantages are there for air coolers. Few are listing few air cooler disadvantages, side effects below.

  • Air coolers are not effective in high humid areas and areas closer to coastal places. This is because air coolers release water in the surrounding air and cools the atmosphere. In the high humid atmosphere air cannot take extra water and hence it won't cool down much.
  • Continuous maintenance. To use the air cooler you need to fill the water in the air cooler water tank. It is continuous work, you need to fill before every night. Many people find it very much annoying. Apart from that if you live in water drought places the problem will be much worse.
  • Air coolers tends to be very noisy, as both motor and fan runs simultaneously. Know more about how air cooler differs from fan...

Air cooler types

There are only two types of air coolers available in the market.
  1. Personal air cooler. It is also known as room air cooler.
  2. Desert air cooler

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.

Personal cooler vs Desert cooler

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
Personal air cooler
  • Used for cooling of small to mid-size rooms
  • Water tank capacity: 20 - 30 liters
  • Mostly use blowers for cooling
  • Economical: Price starts from Rs. 5,000
Desert air cooler
Desert air cooler
  • Used for cooling of medium to large size rooms
  • Water tank capacity: 30 - 60 liters
  • Mostly use huge fans for cooling
  • Little expensive: Price starts from Rs. 8,000

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

Best room air coolers in India

  • Jk electro appliances jkrc09 Personal Air Cooler
  • Crompton Marvel PAC201 20-Litre Evaporative Air Personal Cooler
  • Bajaj Torque PX97 36-Litre Room Cooler
  • Symphony Ice Cube 6.5/8.5 kg, 105 Watts Air Cooler

Best desert air coolers in India

  • Symphony Jumbo 51-Litre Air Cooler
  • Bajaj Glacier DC2016 67-Litre Room Cooler
  • Bajaj Icon DC2015 43-Litre Room Cooler
  • Symphony Siesta 45-Litre Air Cooler
  • Symphony Diet 50i 50-Litre Air Cooler with Remote
  • Cello Smart 30-Litre Air Cooler

Cooling pads for air coolers in India

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.

  1. Honeycomb cooling pads
  2. Aspen or Wood wool cooling pads
Know more about difference between the two cooling pad types in our other post.

Air cooler cooling pad type Features
Honeycomb cooling pads
Personal air cooler
  • Made of cellulose material, look like honeycomb
  • Need less maintenance, more durable and more efficient
  • Little Expensive
Aspen wood wool cooling pads
Personal air cooler
  • Made of wood shavings synthetic fibre, look like grass
  • Need high maintenance, less durable and less efficient
  • Economical
  • By
    Please refer below table for classifications based on feature types.

    Feature Honeycomb cooling pads Aspen cooling pads
    Material type Cellulose material, look like honeycomb Made of wood shavings synthetic fibre, look like grass maintenance
    Maintenance Less High
    Durability High Less
    Efficiency High Less
    Price Expensive Economical

    Air cooler size calculation

    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.

    air cooler description

    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.

    Air coolers for high humid areas

    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.

    Air cooler features

    There are so many terms on knowing air cooler add on features. Here is short summary on the commonly used terminology.

    Ice cube tray

    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.

    Air cooler compatible with inverter

    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.

    Remote control feature

    Just like AC, you can change or alter air cooler functionality using remote control.

    Variable speed control knob

    You can alter fan speed using this button, you can alter to low speed or high speed.

    Water level indicator

    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.

    Tower air coolers

    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.

    Multi-functional wheels

    Multi-functional wheels or Castor wheels make it easy to move air cooler from one room to another room, making it very portable.

    Empty tank alarm

    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.

    Air cooler without water

    This is the recent in buzz in air cooler industry. If a air cooler can run without water, then there is no need of extra water motor and large water tank, so making it very economical. Apart from that, if you are living in water scared place it can be great feature. This can be achieved by pushing air from large area to small exit, just like blowing from your mouth. Because of this change of pressure you can get cool air. But the effectiveness of cooling is very limited. There are very few models available online in India. They technology needs to be improved a lot to be well accepted as mainstream usage.

    Air cooler usage guidelines

    • In the beginning of summer, before you start using the cooler it is better to clean it off the cooler very well.
    • The windows of the room or door should be open to make the air cooler functioning correctly. If you close all the doors and windows then humidity in the air increases and air cooler stop functioning.
    • Cover the air cooler if you are not using it.

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