Makes the shed bearable!!
I have been looking at getting aircon in shed for a few years. This year i bit the bullet. After shopping around and looking at various options i went with this unit. Portable fridge untits were too small for shed, i didn't want to put in a split system unit. Works well. Also used under patio area when cooking bbq, so it is a bonus being portable.
Don't waste your money.
The normal situation in our house near Cooma is 27 degrees inside and 45 pc humidity, and 37 degrees and 10 pc humidity outside. There is no way this unit drops the temp by even 5 degrees so what is the point of introducing hot dry air from outside as you are supposed to do? Why sit in an opened up house at 32 degrees when if you didn't it would be 27 degrees. This unit is only of benefit in an outdoor environment which kind of negates the reason we bought it. Fine for the Nullarbor Plain sitting under a tree, but for a house forget it. This baby is headed for eBay asap.
This will blow you away, I've had the unit for a year or more and in South Australia where the temperature hits 40 c+ it works very well. I use the unit outdoors and in my rather large shed 150 square meters, also at times in the house, placing the unit in the laundry to blow down the hall and cool the rear of the house. As it moves a lot of air it's quite noisy but that's to be expected with the size of the fan. As with all water coolers does not work well in humid conditions but in the dry heat of SA it's fantastic. Great for cooling down large outdoor under cover areas, large water tank means you don't have to fill often and a connector for a hose if you need to keep it running for extended periods.
The Honeywell CL60PM is running right now , it's 32.6°C @ 28% humidity outside and cool inside with some windows open for ventilation to stop humidity rising. Efficiency of the unit all depends on humity for evaporation , book says 60% and under will work. I have a new garden hose connected to it as it's a large tank and it has a float valve , running it dry will ruin the water pump, the hose connection is supplied with a 13mm barb, pipe inlet measures about 16mm (5/8) having trouble finding other fittings for it like a 90° elbow so hose isn't ...a trip hazard. Noise? It does create some noise but not much more than smaller units, being cool and rested makes it easily bearable . Overall I'm impressed with it , and maintaining it isn't too difficult, turn water off 15min before turning unit off to prevent growth on pads , dump tank water weekly will prevent issues. Cleaning pads requires taking screws out and hose pads down gently , dont over tighten screws as they screw into plastic. There is a cheaper unit out there that uses less power but I want something that's rugged and lasts with a larger tank with plenty of cooling media. Cheers.
King of the Swamp Coolers
The key to evaporative coolers is water consumption- the higher the better. On a hot day (40"c 14%RH) this unit uses a little over 7 litres per hour, approx equiv to 13,500 BTU/HR from a compressor model.
Fitted with a powerful 5 blade 17" fan it provides a large volume of cooled air ( rather than cold ) at a temperature of 26-27'C on a hot day. On milder days expect temperatures round 22-23'C.
Being at floor level it is simple to add ice to the sump water on hot days, which enables this unit to out- perform virtually any air conditioner.
cost- you can buy a powerful compressor model for the same price
Questions & Answers
Is there a window kit or any kind of ventilation you can use with this unit to carry the hot air out?
Not that I'm aware of, as with all evaporative cooling the key is air flow, blowing in through an open door or window and out another door or window. This unit is designed with outdoor use in mind. If you were to use it in a closed room the air would become too humid and the cooling effect reduced, the unit wont function well in 60%+ humidity, it works best in a dry climate. Using it last week in Adelaide I measured the air temperature cumming out of the unit at 28 C that was on a 42 C day. I went passed a Sushi Train shop last week and the had one out the front of the shop blowing in through the front door, they work well in hot dry Adelaide.
As Rick said it's an evaporative unit using plenty of water so needs plenty off outside air to draw on and windows open opposing the unit to vent humid air out of the house , it won't work if windows are closed , I have windows and doors open drawing hot air at one end of the house cooling the other end of the house. If you live in high humidity don't expect it to work well, use refrigerated A/C for high humidity.
How suitable for studio flat facing NW? Lot of reflective heat. SK Melbourne but not much breeze
Flat reaches temps of 50 c in heat waves
I live in Nth Qld and a few years ago bought an evaporative cooler (a cheapie brand) but it was useless due to the high humidity here. Does anyone have experience with this unit in very humid locations, please? Cheers :)
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