Evaporative Cooling vs Air Conditioning

There’s a reason we call Australia the Sunburnt Country.

Summer can be a right stinker. Your parked car becomes a sauna, and you experience third-degree burns from the seat buckle. Weekends at home are no better; peeling yourself off a sweat-stained couch.

The only way to escape the blistering heat - and the family’s whingeing -  is to install an efficient home cooling system.

But which is better? Evaporative cooling vs air conditioning.

No worries - say, hello Breeze! We’re revamping the way Aussies cool and heat their homes. We’re here to break down the differences between the cooling systems to help you make the best choice. Grab a coldie and take a squiz at Evaporative Cooling vs Air Conditioning systems for total climate control in your home.

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What’s the Diff: Evaporative Cooling vs Air Conditioning?

Both evaporative cooling and air conditioning systems have indoor and outdoor unit. The outdoor unit turns warm air into cool air, while the indoor unit delivers the cool air throughout your home.

Evaporative Cooling

These units harness the power of evaporation. The evaporative cooling fan draws warm, dry air into the outdoor unit which sits on the roof. Thickened pads inside the unit absorb water, evaporate, and turn out cool, filtered air. The indoor unit then distributes throughout your home.

Air Conditioning

With an Air Conditioning system, warm air moves from within your home to the outdoor compressor, which heats or cools the air. Ducts concealed in the roof or beneath the floor deliver a steady airflow to all rooms via outlets. Change from cool air to warm air at the flick of a switch.

Pros and Cons

Both Evaporative Cooling and Air Conditioning systems have their strengths and weaknesses.

Evaporative Cooling System 


  • Cheaper to install
  • Efficient energy consumption
  • Easy to maintain
  • More suited to dry climates


  • Takes longer to cool down large rooms, especially in humid locations
  • You need to open doors and windows
  • Limited temperature control
  • Greater water usage
  • Cooling only

Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning


  • Works in any kind of climate, especially in humid areas
  • Provides whole-home, energy-efficient heating and cooling in one system
  • Cools rooms quickly
  • Easy to control the climate within your home
  • Control the climate of individual rooms in your home using the myAir app


Which System Suits Your Home?

Don’t just go for the tight-arse option. You’ll also need to consider:

  • Your space. Air conditioning systems are more effective at cooling large rooms - and fast!
  • Your location. We recommend air conditioning in Brisbane and other humid areas; however evaporative coolers get the job done in less humid cities like Melbourne.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours. Air conditioning systems are more flexible, adjustable and energy-efficient. Let’s keep in mind how frosty winters get!

Grab the Dog and Bone

We love to yabber on about aircon to anyone who’ll listen. Give the hello Breeze team a bell, and we’ll help you decide between an Evaporative Cooling vs Ducted Reverse Cycle system for your space that won’t break the bank. 

Don’t sweat it out this summer – Breeze through it! Avoid mango madness and shop evaporative cooling or ducted heating and cooling for your granny flat, 1-bedder or family home, Australia-wide. Call us today on 1300 123 456 or click here for a free quote.
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