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Helping you find the ideal Portable Air Cooler

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We have the best UK deals for an air cooler - a great device for keeping a room in your home or office cool during warm weather.

You'll find a great choice of portable air coolers, air conditioner units, evaporative coolers, tower fans, desk fans and wall fans here for providing all the relief your need from the heat during the summer months.

Prices for a basic air cooler start at around £50 but you can expect to pay a lot more for a deluxe evaporative air cooler or air conditioning unit.

If you want to stop feeling uncomfortable in your home or workplace on a warm day, an air cooler can come to the rescue and take the heat out of the situation!

Read more about buying an air cooler below

Air Cooler - the really ‘cool’ solution for home or work

Air coolers and air conditioner units - like those for sale here - are fantastic electrical devices for getting just the right temperature for relaxing or working in a room on a hot day.

We can save you the hassle of trawling around dozens of sites when it comes to finding the perfect air cooler for your needs - we've tracked down the best prices around.

Air coolers are available to buy these days from many lreading UK  including Argos, John Lewis, B&Q, Currys, Amazon, Ebay, M&S, Dyson, Wilko, Tesco, Machine Mart, Staples, Screwfix and Debenhams - and also some top quality air conditioner units and tower fans. Prices range from under £50 for a cheap cooler to more than £2,000 for a state-of-the-art air conditioning unit.

If you work in an office you'll know how uncomfortable it can feel on a summer's day when the mercury is rising - the air is stifling and clammy and it's no fun trying to get on with your job. That's when a cooler can come to the rescue, reducing the room temperature around you and making the workplace environment more tolerable.

An evaporative air cooler is a different creature from a traditional desk fan or floor standing fan blowing out re-circulated warm air - instead, these devices reduce room temperature by blowing out cool air through water-soaked pads.

They are considerably cheaper to operate than air conditioners and just need to be plugged into the mains for cool refreshing air- whereas an air con unit needs an attached vent hose to extract and expel heat.

A standard evaporative air cooler differs from an air conditioner in several ways, including the fact it doesn't need a vent hose to be connected to it for enabling warm air to be dispersed out of a window or suitable opening in a room. This means portable evaporative coolers can even be used in rooms which don't have windows.

The water tank is a key part of a cooler and the bigger the tank, the greater amount of time the cooler is able to operate before the tank needs refilling. Most air coolers have a durable outer casing made from toughened plastic, polycarbonate or chrome and they are available in a range of colours including white, black, blue, silver, grey, cream and red.

A cooler really is a superb piece of equipment for keeping cool at home, in the workplace and other locations where relative humidity comes into play and it gets unpleasantly warm - if you live in a dry a hot climate it's definitely worth buying yourself an evaporative air cooler. You can even add ice cubes to the water tank to generate even colder air. In the UK you can normally get away with just filling your cooler tank with cold water - but the ice option comes in handy on the rare occasion when we enjoy a really hot spell of weather!

And you'll find all the leading brand names for a cheap air cooler or a more expensive top quality air cooler for sale here including Sealey, Prem-i-Air, Convair, Beldray, DeLonghi, Amcor, Igenix, Clarke Clarke, Honeywell, Daewoo, Super Cool, Bionaire and Goldair. Coolers are available in various sizes including small, medium and large.

There are a few things which you should take into consideration before you decide to buy a portable cooler - this device is essentially a personal cooler and will cool an area in the immediate vicinity. It will not cool down a whole room in a way that portable air conditioner units would, but then again it has the advantage of being easy to move around from room to room and no requirement for a vent hose, as would be necessary with an air conditioning unit.  

A portable cooler is more than capable of keeping you cool in the summer, and of course the running costs are considerably lower than they would be with air conditioning units. They really are a blessing on a hot and humid day.

An evaporative cooler should be placed near to an open door or window so it will draw in warm air which then passes through a wet filter, enabling fresh cooler air to be circulated around the living room, bedroom, kitchen or other room in your home.

The water tank on an evaporative air cooler will need to be refilled on a regular basis but thankfully most coolers have a handy water level gauge fitted which alerts you when the tank is running low on water.

If you are on a low-budget you'll find plenty of cheap air coolers in our impressive range of units - however if you have a bit more to spend it is probably worth buying an air cooler with as large a water tank as you can afford.  A cheap air cooler can be found for under £50 but a state-of-the-art high-tech model can cost more than £400.

As with any electrical appliance that more expensive the unit, the more built-in features it is likely to comprise. The same applies to most other electrical appliances such as washing machines, tumble dryers, fridge freezers and dishwashers.

An evaporative air cooler is also sometimes referred to as a desert cooler or swamp cooler and it's not just the home and offices where you'll find them in operation - other suitable locations for an air cooler include pubs, restaurant and hotel kitchens, dry cleaners, workshops, greenhouses and factory workspaces.

Work or relax in comfort with an efficient air cooler

Among the main features available on air coolers for sale in the UK are adjustable fan speed which enables you to have full control over temperature in the room, a water level indicator to prevent the tank running dry, a timer to enable you to set the cooler to run for a specified time and automatic louvers which move from side to side to create a fan effect.

Other features available on some air coolers include a heated feature which enables you to use the cooler for heating a room during cold weather conditions and touch control and remote control facilities.

There really are many great benefits to owning an air cooler. Here's a few worth considering if you are pondering over whether to invest in one or not.

They are very portable so you can easily move your unit from room to room when required. Most coolers have castors or wheel on the base, so they are very easy to transport to another location in your home.

Affordability is an important factor as an evaporative air cooler, also referred to as swamp or desert cooler, costs considerably less than fitting a full air conditioning system in your home - and of course there are no hefty installation costs.

These coolers is extremely easy to maintain - most come with a water tank which can easily be refilled. A standard-sized tank will normally contain enough water to serve your cooler for around 10 hours.  However, if you want use one for a prolonged period of time it's worth considering buying a cooler which comes with a connection hose which can supply the unit with a continuous flow of fresh water.

You should also take into consideration the health benefits of some brands of cooler - some models help people who have issues with allergies or respiratory problems. These units can draw in fresh air from outside a building, which is then circulated after being cooled down by evaporation. This results in a healthy supply of fresh and filtered air into the room. This type of air cooler is most effective in introducing moisture to dry air indoors, and as a result assists in lowering air temperature and increasing humidity. It’s makes sense to read a customer review or two before buying a cooler.

If you think an air conditioner may be a better option for you, we have plenty of top quality products for you to take a look at - these portable units require a vent hose to expel air from a room, but they are extremely efficient, and although more expensive to buy and run than an evaporative air cooler, they are probably the best way to really cool down the temperature throughout a whole room in your home, office or other area of a building.

Finally it's worth thinking about the environmentally friendly aspect of evaporative air coolers - they use water only, as opposed to chemical coolants used in air-conditioning units. Also they do not use excessive amounts of electricity, as is the case with most air conditioners which cost around 75% more to run.

If you don't find an evaporative cooler or air conditioner that appeals to you here, maybe you would like to consider buying a floor-standing pedestal or tower fan , desk fan or wall fan cooler fan instead. These devices don’t have a water tank or vent hose features and strictly speaking they don’t actually cool the air in a room -  but they do a great job of creating a cooling breeze effect by stirring up, revitalising and circulating the air already present in the room.

Need more help on buying an air cooler? Check out our articles about the different types of air cooler, benefits of a portable air cooler, the features of an air conditioner and an air cooler vs air conditioner comparison

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