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Homebase air cooler at half price

# Air cooler and humidifier in one.

# 3 speed control.

# Timer can be sent to automatically switch off.

# Oscillating louvres ensure even distribution of air.

# Ionizer function helps to remove pollutants.

Loads of stock in Basingstoke. Same stuff sold in Argos for 58.99.
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#1
looks identical to one i have currently.
Pretty nice little budgey air con :) worth it
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Hombase?

http://www.kenhom.com/gifs/logo.jpg
#3
Double Nectar points too, so go through Nectar if purchasing online
#4
munaaf
looks identical to one i have currently.
Pretty nice little budgey air con :) worth it


looks similar to mine too. i got a prem-i-air pevc797 from ebay ex catalog item for £32 for some reason mine is sometimes loud when i switch on the air cooler but its quiet in fan mode. luckily they accidentallly shipped me another one. so i paid £32 for two. good price tho voted hot.
#5
Is this a fan?
#6
its an air cooler, so its similar to a fan but its not reallt got that ugly circle thing with 3 blades lol
it blows air out thru the vents and you can change the speed etc
uses water IIRC to make it cold air.
#7
how big is this unit height width etc? & is it quite heavy or easy to move around? does it produce quite nice & cold air? (obviously won't be as cold as AC but quite a bit cooler than just a fan?) would it be powerful enough to cool a living room?
#8
Its about waist height ish. width 40cm at a guess.
Easy to move around because it should come on wheels taht slide around very easy on laminated floor.
Produces quitecold air a bit loud, definately cooler than a fan. I reckon it can cool a living room :)
#9
thanks for the info :thumbsup: is the loudness quite loud, is it annoying if you use it in bedroom?

very tempted to give HB a visit to see what it's like.
#10
Tempted at the price, but very mixed reviews on Argos site.
#11
Oh come on, we have only really had two hot days so far and everyone is already rushing out to buy air con/coolers/fans!

;-)
#12
Now all we need is a deal on how to remove dampness/mould from wallpaper :p
#13
Shengis;5327205
Now all we need is a deal on how to remove dampness/mould from wallpaper :p


+1. I would have thought the extra humidity would make you sweat like a mutha. The whole point of a/c is to remove the humidity...
#14
No1_Dave
how big is this unit height width etc? & is it quite heavy or easy to move around? does it produce quite nice & cold air? (obviously won't be as cold as AC but quite a bit cooler than just a fan?) would it be powerful enough to cool a living room?


I have one of these (not used anymore) and it wont cool a living room. It is cooler than a fan as long as you keep ice cold water in it (lots of ice blocks) but will still only cool you as the air passes over you.

I have now bought an air con unit (same size) and that does cool a room.
#15
Cold, cold, cold...

These are rubbish, its an air cooler not Air-con there is a big difference and air coolers are rubbish, they just don't work. All this will do is make the air very humid making it worse than having nothing at all.

Don't dive in if you think this is an air-con model, do some research first or you will be selling it on ebay in a month and its not worth much second hand.
#16
kudos1uk
Cold, cold, cold...

These are rubbish, its an air cooler not Air-con there is a big difference and air coolers are rubbish, they just don't work. All this will do is make the air very humid making it worse than having nothing at all.

Don't dive in if you think this is an air-con model, do some research first or you will be selling it on ebay in a month and its not worth much second hand.


This is true, they really don't do anything, you're better off with a fan (which will blow the air faster than this thing).
#17
kudos1uk
Cold, cold, cold...

These are rubbish, its an air cooler not Air-con there is a big difference and air coolers are rubbish, they just don't work. All this will do is make the air very humid making it worse than having nothing at all.

Don't dive in if you think this is an air-con model, do some research first or you will be selling it on ebay in a month and its not worth much second hand.


Yes, they are not air cons but as the post says they are an alternative to fans. On a hot day, an air cooler will be better than a fan that just blows hot air :-D

And anyways, I would have purchased a fan only, if these were not so reduced in price. Definitely worth the price, I still think.
#18
Don't know if it was this precise model but I bought a couple of similar from Homebase a few years back. Noisy & totally ineffective.

One went back & gave the other away.
#19
These are very little better than ordinary fans - and any cooling effect you get from the ice blocks you need to use is more than made up for by the extra heat your freezer pushes out to make the ice.

You're far better off with a nice large 16" or 18" ordinary fan, which will cost less and have a far greater cooling effect because of the volume of air it can shift.
#20
Ditto the negative comments here.

Air coolers do not work.
They are worse than a fan as they dont really create breeze or direct any cooling to you.
A cheap fan will give you much more releif from the heat.

Plus they rely on you filling it up with cool water. (ice water might make them work a bit better)
A lot of pallaver for not much gain.

If you want cooling Save your cash an invest in a proper air con unit (one on wheels less than £100 nowadays)

A.
#21
Newbold
These are very little better than ordinary fans - and any cooling effect you get from the ice blocks you need to use is more than made up for by the extra heat your freezer pushes out to make the ice.

You're far better off with a nice large 16" or 18" ordinary fan, which will cost less and have a far greater cooling effect because of the volume of air it can shift.


This is not a comment on whether or not these items work, I have never had one. However, you are wrong in your comment above.

When you free ice, your freezer will do one phase transition (liq-solid) and cooling (say from 15degC to below freezing). When you use ice in these units, you have two phase transitions and the heating (ice-->liq-->vap). Therefore you are still net negative in energy in the room. And no, it is not magic and does not defeat the 1st law of thermodynamics, the energy will at some point leave the evaporated water and return to whereit is at the time. Your freezer's inefficiency will clearly lower the benefit, but won't make up for the evaporation energy.
#22
Yes, i was tempted but after reviews and comments on here i think i will leave it. shame.
#23
Got a similar Prem-I-Air one last year for £25 (normal price £89.99)
Evaporative Air Cooler.
They are pretty good.Best cooling is when filled with water/ice blocks, and positioned near a window or door opening.
Bit loud on full blast but do the job.
Voted Hot
#24
cityslicker
Ditto the negative comments here.

Air coolers do not work.
They are worse than a fan as they dont really create breeze or direct any cooling to you.
A cheap fan will give you much more releif from the heat.

Plus they rely on you filling it up with cool water. (ice water might make them work a bit better)
A lot of pallaver for not much gain.

If you want cooling Save your cash an invest in a proper air con unit (one on wheels less than £100 nowadays)

A.


Disagree with this.
All a fan does is push hot air around.
This will cool better than an ordinary fan when used with ice blocks/cold water.
You can use it as an ordinary fan as well.

Not as good as an air con unit, but better than an ordinary fan.
#25
pghstochaj
This is not a comment on whether or not these items work, I have never had one. However, you are wrong in your comment above.

When you free ice, your freezer will do one phase transition (liq-solid) and cooling (say from 15degC to below freezing). When you use ice in these units, you have two phase transitions and the heating (ice-->liq-->vap). Therefore you are still net negative in energy in the room. And no, it is not magic and does not defeat the 1st law of thermodynamics, the energy will at some point leave the evaporated water and return to whereit is at the time. Your freezer's inefficiency will clearly lower the benefit, but won't make up for the evaporation energy.


:?
#26
"# Air cooler and humidifier in one."

Another misleading marketing statement which is factually correct but which is presented as a virtue when in fact it is a menace.
#27
Had to post and say these are pretty bad

At least with a fan you can feel the cold air blowing at you from a distance, with this you can hardly feel any breeze at all from it

And it definitely didn't cool down the room because the water goes warm quickly in a hot room :lol:
#28
wizard5353
Oh come on, we have only really had two hot days so far and everyone is already rushing out to buy air con/coolers/fans!

;-)



agreed !!

its utterly ridiculous isnt it, 2 days of proper sun shine and its all too much for them....

poor them
#29
We have three similar units at work as the landlord won't allow installation of air con.
Take an absolute age to fill with water but do an okay job (I have mine quite literally under the desk for maximum benefit!).
#30
cats
agreed !!

its utterly ridiculous isnt it, 2 days of proper sun shine and its all too much for them....

poor them


I imagine the idea that it is shortly going to be summer has the biggest impact on sales of these, not a few 23degC days.
#31
With portable aircon units, do they need a window open to dispel the hot air?
#32
c00li0
With portable aircon units, do they need a window open to dispel the hot air?


They need somewhere to get rid of the hot side, but how it is done depends ont he system.
#33
If anybody's interested in the theory of how these work:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evaporative_cooler

The fact is they're brilliant in the desert, not so good in our climate due to there already being a reasonably high water content in the air. According to TWC the humidity at my locale at the moment is about 88% rendering one of these pretty much useless. Fair enough it's raining at the moment but even on a dry day it's typically more than 50%.

http://www.meteorologica.info/UKhumidity.htm

Read it and weep as they say :lol:
#34
pghstochaj;5329687
They need somewhere to get rid of the hot side, but how it is done depends ont he system.
With the portable single-unit ones, they blow air out of the window which has to be replaced by air being sucked into the room, making them inherently inefficient. Much better to get a proper air conditioner.
#35
pibpob
With the portable single-unit ones, they blow air out of the window which has to be replaced by air being sucked into the room, making them inherently inefficient. Much better to get a proper air conditioner.


How much does a proper one cost and what are the building regs on fitting one?
#36
A proper "split unit" one costs upwards of a couple of hundred quid - more for the "inverter" ones which are more efficient. I don't know if any building regs apply; the one I fitted goes via a 13A plug so no installed wiring required, and I made sure that the external unit is not visually or audibly intrusive.
#37
pibpob
A proper "split unit" one costs upwards of a couple of hundred quid - more for the "inverter" ones which are more efficient. I don't know if any building regs apply; the one I fitted goes via a 13A plug so no installed wiring required, and I made sure that the external unit is not visually or audibly intrusive.


I think that's where most people would fall foul of regs, because there's probably something that covers that aspect. You can't seem to do anything these days :lol:
#38
cats
agreed !!

its utterly ridiculous isnt it, 2 days of proper sun shine and its all too much for them....

poor them


When you have hyper little kids you cannot have a window open at night (as mine would just leap out of it) and those spinning fans are an A & E accident waiting to happen so these are the sort of thing some of us need .

So yep, poor us! Like to see if you could sleep with your windows closed on a hot summers night with no fan.;-)
#39
mandles
When you have hyper little kids you cannot have a window open at night (as mine would just leap out of it) and those spinning fans are an A & E accident waiting to happen so these are the sort of thing some of us need .

So yep, poor us! Like to see if you could sleep with your windows closed on a hot summers night with no fan.;-)


Well if your kids are that bad, may I suggest that an electric fan that's full of water may not be the best solution either :giggle:
#40
mandles;5334355
When you have hyper little kids you cannot have a window open at night (as mine would just leap out of it)
Well get a limiter or a bar installed across it!

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