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With summer approaching I was wondering whether anyone can give me any advice of what type of airconditioner to get.

We have a toddler and would like put in something to make him comfortable but feel guilty about the power these things can use.

By paul
10/4/2010 8:40:33 PM

My vote would be to put in an evaporative cooling system.  It uses none of the nasty chemicals and is more power efficient I think.

You do have to have the windows open to make it work but you also don't get any of the nasty frosting on the windows that you can get from conventional air conditioners.

They don't cool as well as the fridge air conditioners but if you want to make your house comfortable then I think this is the way to go.

You can also get the ones that sit on your roof and are ducted which is what we have at home and we find that our home is very comfortable in the middle of summer.

We also have a couple of ceiling fans in place to move the air about and together the system works really, really well.

By jack
10/4/2010 9:27:54 PM

I wouldn't recommend a split system as they are really not good at cooling a house unless it's a unit.

They're great for a single room like a living room or bedroom but then for a living room you need the ability to shut it off from the rest of the house. 

If you have a large house then the thing will be running almost non stop and your power bill will sky rocket.

By terry of hallam
10/7/2010 3:45:17 PM

If you're really worried about the heat then I'd maybe get an evaporative cooler on wheels that you could move aroudn the house.  You need to seal off that room and open it's windows to be effective but it'd work and is a pretty cheap alternative.

We did that last summer when our main air conditioner failed and whilst this wasn't the best thing it worked out OK.  We now still have it along with ceiling fans so we'll see how we go this summer as we're going to try not using the fridge air conditioner.

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