Evaporative vs Refrigerated Cooling for Melbourne

Evaporative and refrigerated cooling systems are both designed to keep you cool in the harsh Melbourne summer, understanding how each of these systems work and their benefits can help you decide which one will be right for you.

Evaporative Cooling systems utilizes sponge pads that soak up water fed through supply lines, powerful fans within the unit blow air through the sponge pads and circulate cool air through air ducts into rooms throughout the home.  Windows and doors are required to be left ajar in order for air to exit the home, providing constant flow of fresh cooling air.

Advantages of evaporative cooling include:

Cheap to operate – an evaporative unit could cost as little as $40 a year in electricity costs, that’s 90% less energy than alternative cooling systems.

Clean fresh air – having a cooling system that allows old air to be expelled and new air blown in allows for constant fresh air.  This can reduce the amount of air borne pollutants and harmful odours in your home.

Good for the environment – as evaporative units are extremely energy efficient, it is able to produce less carbon emissions, making it a sustainable cooling option.

Refrigerated cooling systems operate by removing warm air and humidity in the room and replacing it with cool air that has been cooled through a process.  This cooling system provides ultimate comfort allowing control of the temperature within the home.  Unlike evaporative units where performance can be dependent on external climate, ducted refrigerated cooling systems can provide comfortable and consistent cooling power no matter what Melbourne’s unpredictable whether brings.

Advantages of refrigerated cooling include:

Heating and cooling in one –refrigerated cooling systems have reverse cycles which allow heat to be generated rather than cool air.  This is convenient for all year round comfort without having to install a separate heating system.

Cooling consistency – regardless of the weather, a refrigerated cooling system can provide the right cooling requirements by constantly circulating cool air in the home without the requirement to have ventilated windows and doors.

Temperature control – ducted refrigerated systems have the ability to zone all rooms in a home and control temperature to these zones.  This can help reduce energy costs as zones not in use can be shut off.