There’s nothing quite like stepping inside a cool and comfortable home on those scorching hot days. An evaporative or refrigerated cooler will take the edge off the heat and help turn your interior into a tranquil retreat – and we’ve partnered with cooling and heating specialist Brivis so you can specify them in your new Carlisle Home.
Not sure which cooling system is best for you? Here’s a rundown on everything you need to know about evaporative and refrigerated cooling.
So what is evaporative cooling?
Evaporative cooling works by drawing the hot air outside your home through moist filter pads; the water from these filter pads evaporates, and the cool air is dispersed throughout your home. At the same time, it also humidifies the air and creates a pleasant, cooling breeze.
To maximise cooling, leave the doors and windows in your home slightly ajar so the cooled, moist air can be exhausted.
Evaporative coolers come in different styles, including ducted models, where a roof-mounted unit is connected to strategically placed ducts that deliver cool. fresh air to every room in your home.
Brivis’ evaporative cooling uses the natural process of water evaporation to lower temperatures and distribute purified air throughout your home.
What are the main advantages of evaporative cooling?
How much do they cost to run?
Evaporative coolers use electricity and water. Actual running costs will depend on the model’s cooling capacity and the fan speed you select.
As a guide, Sustainability Australia states that cooling a small room such as a bedroom (12sqm) with an evaporative cooler costs around $5 a year to run; and around $65 a year for a ducted evaporative cooler in a home measuring around 160sqm.
With variable fan speeds, Brivis’ evaporative cooling allows you to adjust the cooler to suit your comfort needs.
What you need to know about evaporative cooling:
How is refrigerated cooling different?
Refrigerated cooling systems draw in the hot air in a room and cool it using refrigerant gases to deliver cool air back to the room.
They are made up of two parts; an outdoor condenser unit (where the refrigeration effect occurs) and the indoor unit that emits cool air into your room.
Different styles are available; ducted, whole-home refrigerated cooling, which delivers cool air to every room in your home through vents, and zoned ducted systems, which provide cooling where you need it in order to reduce running costs. You’ll also find window- and wall-mounted styles for single rooms.
A key benefit of refrigerated cooling is that it can be zoned to accommodate different areas of your home plus you can also find systems that both heat and cool your home to provide year-round comfort.
Advanced refrigerated cooling systems from Brivis will air condition your whole home by cooling, dehumidifying and filtering the air in your home.
What are the main advantages of refrigerated cooling?
Brivis’ refrigerated cooling provides a whole-home climate control solution which allows you to set different temperatures for rooms in your home.
How much do they cost to run?
The running costs for refrigerated cooling are generally higher than that of evaporative cooling. These costs will vary according to the unit’s size and capacity, the temperature setting and the way in which it is used. As a guide, Sustainability Australia lists a comparison of the approximate costs for a range of different room sizes.
What you need to know about refrigerated cooling:
Come home to a refreshing breeze of comfort this summer with a Brivis cooling system in your new Carlisle Home.
Should I choose evaporative or refrigerated cooling?
There are a few factors to consider – how much you’re willing to spend, whether you are in a dry or humid location, and how important eco benefits are to you and whether you’re concerned about indoor air quality.
If you live in a dry location, want to keep a lid on your budget, prefer a more natural cooling system, an evaporative cooler is a smart choice. For those seeking year-round comfort, precise temperature control and who love nothing more than stepping inside to an icy chill on those searing days, a refrigerated system is sure to tick all the boxes.