Anyone who’s ever met me knows that I run hot. I am constantly needing a fan or air conditioner on because for some reason my body just can’t take anything over 70 degrees! It was a MAJOR issue when I was pregnant with all three of my kids. When we lived in Florida, I stayed inside all day every day because that is where the air conditioner was! Then we moved to Utah. And wow, was that a big change. Suddenly we went from a very humid sort of heat with air conditioner that automatically kicked in when necessary to a VERY dry desert heat with only a swamp cooler on our roof to keep us cool.
It has not been an easy transition. Luckily we moved at the end of the summer, so we didn’t have to deal with it for too long before the weather cooled down. But now that it’s nearly summer, it has really been heating up. Our rooftop swamp cooler hasn’t yet been reconnected (you have to shut it down and cover it up in the winter), and I have been suffering through with just a tiny little fan.
Then the folks at Luma Comfort got in touch and offered to send me an Evaporative Cooler to try out. Evaporative coolers lower indoor temperatures by combining the natural properties of evaporating water with a powerful air moving system. It sounded like an ideal solution for my problems. I was excited to try it out.
I chose the Luma Comfort EC220W model, which is typically used in areas up to 650 square feet. It is perfect for garages or warehouse areas, and I even learned you can use it outdoors!
We first tried it out in the house, setting it up next to our front door. Our house is SUPER tiny, so I figured it would be fine for cooling the main level. And it was! It cooled the entire house in less than an hour, dropping the indoor temp by about 10 degrees! Outstanding. I will say, though, that it is a little louder than a fan, so if you want something quiet, you should try one of their other coolers. I didn’t mind it because it was about the same noise level as our swamp cooler.
Once we’d tried it indoors for a day or two, we ended up having a freak snowfall! For a couple of weeks we didn’t need it. Then the weather turned again. We thought we’d see where else we could use it. I thought the ideal spot might be in the garage where we’re in the process of setting up a home gym. It gets H-O-T out there, so I set it right next to my elliptical machine.
It was exquisite! It kept me cool as I worked up a sweat! And since I do all my yoga and cardio in there, it was perfect for keeping me from getting heatstroke! It also seemed a lot quieter in the garage, but that’s probably because it’s a bigger area than my living room! Also, I was wearing headphones.
Since it was super easy to transport (it is equipped with 4 easy roll casters to make it easy to move from place to place), I decided to try it out on our little patio for a weekend barbecue. Once again, it was brilliant! It totally made our outdoor experience better.
It even connects directly to a standard garden hose if you require a continuous water supply, which means you don’t have to put too much thought into it. Just set it up and let it go! When you’ve got it where you want it, simply lock the wheels to support the weight of the unit and be sure the lever is all the way up. This will keep the unit firmly in place and prevent any unwanted movement.
The controls are really easy, as well, and you can adjust it however you wish. Obviously you can turn it on and off, but you can also set the speed, as on a regular fan, and you can choose to have it swing – ie move back and forth to keep everyone cool.
It is also easy to drain when you’re ready to put it away for a while. You wouldn’t want to leave it full of water at the end of the season.
What I like the most about this unit is that it is an economical and eco-friendly means of cooling, using much less electricity than an AC. It has high-efficiency cooling pads and air vents on 3 sides for more cooling power. It’s also very stylish, I think. It is quite neutral in color and doesn’t look too industrial, thankfully.
If you’re in the market for a great unit to help cool your home, garage, deck, or even your greenhouse, then give this one a try. I really think it’s a great product. You can see some of the other options on the Luma Comfort website.
I received the Luma Comfort EC220W Evaporative Cooler for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.