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    Pugger mentioned something bout her evaporative coller in a thread somewhere today, but I can't remember where.

    Anybody got any? Like them? Think they're useless? What?

    It is far cheaper for us to run fans etc than our air conditioner down here. Besides that, air conditioning tends to make me feel pretty sick and I get headaches from it.

    We've got a fan on the ceiling in the hall. Just checked, it works. And a couple of those pedestal fans. Been thinking about evaporative collers...

    Want something in the bedrooms that is not too noisy, but hen again don't want something I've got to wake up for to refill water trays or anything etc.

    Any help?

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    FGS, I am typing like I have dyslexia lately. Sigh.

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    I had small one at my old house for the bedroom, it did help keep it coolish but it was too noisy to sleep with.

    At my new place we've got central evap cooling as well as ceiling fans.
    It's no where near as good as air-con but heaps better than having nothing. I do notice if it hasn't been on during the day.

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    Don't they have trays or something? Do you have to fill them with water? If so, how often?

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    The one we had water in a tray at the bottom we refilled every couple of days but it depends on how much you used it.
    It also had a tray at the top to but ice in, that had to be refilled every hour or so. We only used the ice tray on really really hot days.

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    How about a portable air conditioner?? They are pretty good & a lot quiter than the split sytems.

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    I think they are great even in humidity it's better than nothing, I always called them swampy coolers.


    You know if you pin streamers on a pedestal fan it drops the airflow temp too.

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    RefrigerTED FOR ME IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO AFTER YEARS OF EVAPS. oops caps.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    In my old - it's 38'C outside and 38'C inside, I used one of those old conv-something portable ones. I broke one of the feet off it and it didn't forgive me. My brother borrowed it for a while and then chucked it - garage sale of his was how I got it in the first place. I sometimes see them out for hard rubbish - that's how much people love them around here.

    So you put two whole buckets of cold water in the back and turn it on and the fan blows vaguely coolish air at you. If the air was dry to begin with. If its humid - I guess it's about as good as a fan or worse.

    It doesn't dry you out like the inverter/refridg ones do. So if you have breathing sensitivities - it might be good. And when you use it, you put it in a door way or near an open window so it has a supply of outside air - that is less humid than the stuff it blows into the room - and that works better than shutting all the doors and windows so the air just gets wetter and wetter.

    Given our current heat and humidity has something to do with that left over cyclone, I'm not sure that an evap cooler would help any more than a wet towel in front of a regular fan.

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    I've got a portable air con which I have set up in the spare room for when I go out and leave my old girl in there. It's worked really well, it can be a bit noisy to start but once the temp regulates it is fairly quiet.

    Only problems is I have found I've had to lift it up from the floor about 6 inches so I can put the tray to collect the water, the one it came with wasn't big enough, so I have a small tub about the size of a 4 litre ice cream container. Doesn't get THAT full, but I'd rather not come home to a mini flood! The other problem is fitting the hot air output pipe in the window - depending on the windows it can be awkward. My windows are the old fashioned push out at an angle type, so I've had to be inventive and used some thick cardboard with a hole cut to fit the pipe. I will probably get a bit of perspex cut to size.

    I chose the portable air con over the evaporative as a few friends had the latter and said they weren't much good.

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