The Best Air Con Alternatives

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British summers are getting hotter. In 2022, temperatures of 40°C were recorded in the UK for the first time. So many people are considering installing air con in their homes.

But while air con can keep your home cooler, it has several downsides. For one thing, home air con units are expensive, with small units costing at least £300. They’ve also been linked with health problems like colds, fevers, headaches, and chest pain.

In caravans and motorhomes, air con units are bulky, and will significantly increase your vehicle’s payload.

So how can you keep cool in summer without using an air conditioner? Here are 6 of the best air con alternatives.

1. Eazy Breeze

One of the major challenges of keeping your home or caravan cool in summer is letting in fresh, cool air, without also letting in hot sunlight. The Eazy Breeze is designed to fix this problem.

The Eazy Breeze affixes to your windowsill. It pushes your closed curtains away from the window, allowing cool air to flow inside without letting in sunlight or pesky summertime insects. It doesn’t use any power, or add any weight to your vehicle if you’re travelling.

The Eazy Breeze is affordable, effective, and easy to install, making it one of the best air con alternatives available. Watch this video to see how it works:

2. Air coolers

Air coolers use water to cool the air, which is then circulated through the room using a fan. Unlike air conditioners, they add moisture, rather than removing it, which can help prevent scratchy throats and respiratory problems.

Air coolers can be bulky, but they tend to use less energy than air conditioning units. This makes them better for the environment (and your electricity bill).

3. Fans

Fans aren’t as effective at cooling the air as air conditioning units, because they tend to circulate warm air rather than generating or drawing in fresh, cool air. While the breeze can offer some relief, it’s not always enough when temperatures soar.

Bladeless fans are more expensive than desk fans, but they’re safer and more efficient. They work by drawing air in and pushing it back out, rather than simply moving air around the room.

4. Air source heat pumps

An air source heat pump can replace your gas boiler and provide an alternative way to both heat and cool your home.

To cool your home, heat pumps extract heat from inside your home and transfer it outside, maintaining a mild indoor temperature. (Heating your home works the opposite way).

Getting an air source heat pump is a significant investment, with units currently costing upwards of £1,400. However, you may be able to offset this with cheaper fuel bills and lower emissions.

5. Good insulation

As well as providing warmth in winter, home insulation keeps your home cool when temperatures rise.

Symptoms of poor insulation include:

  • Cold walls and floors
  • Ice building up on the outside of your home
  • Excessive draughts.

Upgrading your insulation is a high cost investment that can again be offset by lower fuel costs. The UK government recently announced a home insulation scheme to help some households improve insulation and lower their energy bills.

6. Heat-reflective window film

If you’re looking for an air con alternative with cheaper upfront costs, applying heat-reflective film to your windows can help deflect some of the sun’s rays. This blocks out some of the heat, but won’t allow any air to circulate through the room.

To get the most out of this method, make sure you use the film on any south, east, or west-facing windows, as these tend to draw the most sunlight throughout the day.

Keep cool in your caravan with Eazy Breeze

Maxview’s Eazy Breeze is super versatile. You can use it at home or in your caravan wherever you need a cool breeze without letting in hot sunlight. Now available in the Maxview online store.

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