Alternatives to central air conditioners

The most commonly used method of cooling during the summer months still seems to be using central air conditioner systems. They are very convenient but require a large investment upfront to install so not everyone can afford them. Central air conditioning is a big modification to the house’s original design so they also cannot be used when renting – and the percentage of renters rises each year. Lastly, some also consider them a health hazard because the AC unit can have a buildup of dust and bacteria in it that you later inhale. Too cold temperatures are also linked to a weaker immune system and dry air.

So what alternatives can you use in place of central air conditioning? As it turns out, there are plenty of choices.

Portable air conditioners

Portable air conditioners only need electricity and a connection to the outside to work properly. A portable air conditioner is a standalone AC unit that can be placed anywhere in the house. So you are not limited in its placement and can carry it from one room to another if you need to.

There are two types of portable air conditioners – single hose and dual hose. Single hose units use the hose to expel the hot air outside through a window or a special hole in the wall. They are fine for basic cooling needs but aren’t efficient in the long run. Dual hose conditioners have one hose for expelling hot air and another hose for bringing in air from outside (that air is first cooled inside the unit before being released in the room). This way, the amount of air in the room stays the same. Dual hose portable air conditioner is the most efficient type.

Evaporative coolers

Evaporative coolers are also known as swamp coolers and they are an eco-friendly alternative. The standalone units use moisturized cooling pads to turn warm air into cool one while adding moisture to it – so they also take care of the dry air problem. Evaporative coolers are a much more cost-friendly option than air conditioners because they use a simple fan to only draw in the warm air rather than also cooling it. They can be used outside as well as inside (provided you live in a dry and hot climate, such as the West Coast. Read evaporative cooler reviews to see all the different models.

Electric fans

These fans are powered solely by electricity and cool the air with their fans rotating at high-speed. There are many shapes and designs available and most of them (with the exception of the ceiling and wall-mounted fans) don’t require you to modify the room in any way so they are perfect for renters. Standard pedestal and tower fans just need to be plugged in to provide you with the well-deserved relief. They can often be set up to run at different speeds according to what you need at the moment. If you need a permanent alternative to central air conditioning then a ceiling fan is the best choice. It doesn’t take up any space and cools the whole room evenly.

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