Best Air Conditioner Solution Depends on Your Location

Keeping your cool during long, hot summer days does not have a “one size fits all” solution. This is because different high-temperature climates require different ways to cope with the heat. The reason for this is that the number of degrees Fahrenheit is not the only factor you have to keep in mind when you are going to buy a new air conditioner. You also have to think about the relative humidity. With climate change and global warming becoming more problematic as time goes by, the need to protect yourself from excessive heat is only getting more dramatic.

If you live in an area that is hot and dry, such as Arizona, New Mexico and parts of California where the humidity is fairly low, you are not going to face the same challenges for cooling down your home or office as if you lived in a more steamy, damp hot climate such as Florida and parts of Georgia, for example.

There are basically two different approaches to air conditioning systems, the evaporative type, sometimes called a swamp cooler, and the more complicated air conditioner. Swamp coolers work using the principle that takes advantage of the fact that when water evaporates, it makes the surrounding air cooler. So an evaporative cooler uses a pad that is kept moist and uses fans to blow hot, dry air over it. This kind of air conditioner works great in Phoenix where the humidity is low, but not so well in Miami where the air is already a lot more moist and evaporation is harder to make happen.

Floridians therefore are going to have to pay a bit more for a dehumidifier that removes water from the air. There is quite a wide range of both portable air conditioners and those that must be vented to the outside by, for example, mounting them in a window frame. These machines are rated using a scale of BTUs, which stands for British Thermal Unit. The more BTUs they are rated for, the larger the size of the room they will cool down. You can also get portable units that roll on wheels so you can move them from room to room. Use it in the kitchen in the morning, roll it into the living room in the evening and then move it into the bedroom to keep you comfortable while you sleep. Some of the better ones come with timers or remote control wands so you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night if you get too cold.