Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 60
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Do it and don't look back.
This has been the best cooler I've ever owned. I don't know why I didn't do this sooner.
800 square foot house, 6400 cubic feet. On high, it blows all of the hot air out in under one minute. You can turn it on high, run to the front door, feel hot air go out, then cold air starts. It's awesome.
"How does it compare with a roof unit"
It makes a lot more noise than a roof unit because it has a circular fan near a grille instead of a squirrel cage. If I left the thing running non-stop like my old side draft roof unit, that would be a problem, but It works so well, that's not an issue.
What I like about this unit
-This unit has a plastic drain tube on the bottom. I tighten it hand-tight and it does its job without rusting tight like on some units I've had before. I went on a trip for two weeks. I came back and drained the water in five minutes without needing tools, so you don't get the swampy smell of algae.
-The water inlet sticks out on the right hand side of the unit when looked at from the outside, easy to reach.
-You can see the water wick into the pads.
-The vent can blow straight into the room, or divert half left, half right, so you can aim down a hallway or a door.
-It's a window unit, I just walk outside and keep it well maintained. I fill a 5-gallon bucket and all of my empty water bottles with the bleed line, and then give the water to the apricot tree, or make some roundup for yard care.
-It's plastic. No more rust! I need to UV treat it or put some shade around it so it doesn't get sun beaten.
Things that can be changed in the future:
-I'd like it if the outer portion containing the rigid pads didn't have the hose to the pump connected to it. It makes assembly a "Fiddly" process for just one person.
June 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Paula works great!
Does the job. Leaks a bit but it's outside so it's no bother. Keeps 1800 SF nice and cool.
June 8, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TRobb Too cool!
First time I ever owned a swamp cooler. I live in the desert so humidity is not an issue. Temps have been in the high nineties and the warmest the house has been is 75 and most of the time between 72 and 73. I love this thing, wish I would have tried it years ago. I rated four stars because I've only had it for a month. Not ready to decide on five stars yet, but I can't see how you can go wrong. It's affordable, incredibly efficient for its size. So far there is no down side.
June 3, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Sizzler works, but
It's in, it works just fine. On low it's reasonably quiet, and the low profile is a big plus, BUT when it comes to plumbing away the significant amount of water that the bleed off function results in, it would be 10,000 times better if the darn 3/4" threads at the overflow matched something off home depot's shelf.
It's not 3/4 tapered pipe thread, nor is it garden hose thread, When I google the manual described 3/4" x 14 TPI ANS Straight pipe thread, I see nothing that the layman has access to, in fact I can't find anything that directly, clearly states that this description of threads is even real.
My guess is there's a simple answer which is going to be either, "this is what you need", or " Darn bad shock a luck mate. Every hardware in the outback is stuffed full of 14TPI ANS couplers!"
Anyway, it's 110 degrees and the water is running down my wood siding, boo hoo hoo for me.
June 1, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by palmspringer1 Happy User
In line with other users when the unit was installed there was water coming from the top to the outside of it. We found by moving the pad up a small amount that the problem was solved. That is we took the pad on the side that the problem was and put it closer to the water hitting it before it splashed outside. Would like to hear if others have found a cover to keep dirt and bugs from entering the unit. Also, it would be good to have a cover for the inside in the winter. Cools great!
March 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RickinMLCC More than exceeded expectations
It is July 28th here in Desert Hot Springs, CA. and the outside temperature is a typical 108 degrees for this time of year with a 44 dewpoint. Fortunately for us, we installed a Bonaire Durango last year and the inside temp of my 2,200 sq/ft home is a comfy 80 degrees and the a/c has been off for nearly 2 weeks.
Pros: Excellent air flow and cooling. Clean design (we had our unit professionally mounted in the bedroom wall) and easy operation with the included remote control. Significant electricity savings.
Cons: As with ALL Evap Coolers, the effectiveness is considerably hampered by higher humidity (dewpoint) and this unit does require annual or semi-annual cleaning to maintain peak efficiency. Water bill will rise a little.
Overall, we are so happy with this unit that I am constantly recommending it to my fellow desert dwellers. I can promise you will find this an excellent investment.
July 28, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Jimbo Fundamentally good design, major components good quality, some design flaws
1. When attaching water supply, if you turn brass nut (that holds water float valve in place) too hard (& far) it’ll twist the valve and float mechanism inside (and break plastic valve housing & make float inoperable).
2. If the 12 screws around fan housing are not tight, a gap remains. After mounted in window, it’s difficult to tighten these screws.
After fully mounted and plumbed, our unit leaked excessively. (Not good, right at house foundation whenever unit on.) There is a tray at top that distributes water to the pads. On one side the water flows and hits the pad at the outer portion of the pad. The water then flows on the outside of pads and inside of plastic housing and does not flow back down to the bowl at bottom of housing. This required custom solution—old bent license plate (aluminum doesn't rust) held in place by duct tape—to direct the water flow back to the middle of the pad. Problem solved. Manufacturer needs to change their plastic mold so the water flow is directed over the center of the pads.
There is a significant smell when the cooling pads are new. The owner’s manual makes note of this. We assume this smell will go away over time.
I would have given this unit a higher rating, e.g., three or four stars; however, if you're like me, when reading reviews I'm more interested in the one and two star reviews.
Installation was expected to be three hours. Because of the above-mentioned problems, it took three times longer.
July 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MojaveRick Leaked on one side, a month later it started leaking out of the drain.
The water was running outside of one of the side pads and onto the side of the house, plus it started dripping from the bottom of the unit. I didn't have anyone to help me take the cover off, so I used a metal spring paper clip onto one of the plastic ribs along the bottom, so it would drip in the dirt and not onto the house or foundation. Next year when I set it up, I'll try to figure out what the problems were. It looks like this may be common, as I saw this exact same thing in another review, funny how that works.
Our house is 2700 sq.ft (4 bdrm, 3 bath, 2 story), which is bigger than the 1900 sq. ft. rating. We live in the Mojave desert and this thing worked great. At night, it would freeze us out and it was set on low. We were too lazy to get up and turn it off, yea, even with the remote, no one wanted to go downstairs and across the house to shut it off. Because of our nice cool house and greatly reduced energy bills, the overall rating should be 5 star. I'm stubborn and paid over $500 for it and was upset that it leaked like it did. It was dead level too, both side to side and inside to outside, guess I need to go find a license plate like the other consumer, and deflect or baffle it.
December 30, 2015