Pros And Cons Of Air Cooled Vs. Water Cooled Spot Coolers
There are two different types of commercial spot coolers to consider: Air cooled and water cooled. Water cool units require water to help cool warm air, while air-cooled units convert warm air into cool air with an icy cold coil. Here are the pros and cons for each air cooled and water cooled spot coolers.
Air Cooled – Pros
These spot coolers do not require a water hookup like their water-cooled counterparts, so these are more common among spot cooler owners. This means you require fewer resources in order to get them up and running.
These spot coolers have a much higher limit in cooling power compared to water coolers. You can get an air-cooled sport cooler that goes up to 120,000 BTU, whereas the most powerful water-cooled spot cooler can only go up to half of that.
Most air-cooled spot coolers are considered to be portable. They have a set of wheels so that you can move it from one room to another if need be. You will, however, need to consider disassembling and reassembling ventilation of the moisture that it captures.
Air Cooled – Cons
For air-cooled units, you need the moisture to be properly ventilated so that the warm moisture has the means to escape your room. If you have a window or ceiling tile, you have a great way of doing this, but setting it up has to be done so that the warmth doesn’t enter or re-enter the room.
Additionally, there is no way to enhance an air-cooled spot cooler with a chiller system, such as with a water-cooled spot cooler. The max BTU your cooler comes with cannot go any higher by any means necessary.
Water Cooled – Pros
Water cooled spot coolers tend to be more energy efficient, meaning they will use less power and cost less money to run than air-cooled spot coolers.
These types of spot coolers are self-contained, so they do not require any setups with ducting systems. They just simply make the warm air cold thanks to adding colder moisture. This is great if you don’t want to have to deal with opening windows or worrying about that warm air coming back into the room.
The performance of a water-cooled spot cooler can be enhanced if you also have a chiller system. This can help make your spot cooler run colder, thus further making it more energy efficient and produce cooler air.
Water Cooled – Cons
While they can help to save on your electrical bill, they could raise your water bill. Because you constantly need water to keep this spot cooler going, you will need to continually use water for the spot cooler’s water supply.
Also, water-cooled spot coolers tend to be heavier, occupy more space and become more immobile, thanks to the added need for water supply. These are only good spot coolers if you have just one and only room that you have to cool.
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