Building & Renovation

Air Conditioning vs. Evaporative Cooling: Which is Better?

There are many ways to stay cool in the hot summer heat, but you may be wondering if you should get an air conditioner or evaporative cooling. Both air conditioning methods are effective for staying cool during hot weather and have pros and cons. Which one is best for you? Let’s take a look.


What is air conditioning?

Air conditioning, or AC, is a process where a machine takes a liquid refrigerant and turns it into a gas. The gas is then pushed through a filter that removes impurities and through a compressor that builds up pressure. The pressurized refrigerant is then cooled and turned back into a liquid so it can be pushed through a compressor again. 

The liquid is then pushed through coils that have water flowing across them, cooling the refrigerant even more. The now-cooled refrigerant is pushed into a house and goes through the same process but in reverse, turning the liquid refrigerant into a gas again and then pushing the gas through the filter, compressor, and coils. 

The pressurized gas then turns the liquid in your AC’s evaporator back into a gas and pushes it through your house. The gas then cools the air in your house and turns back into a liquid so it can be pushed back into the AC’s evaporator.

 What is evaporative cooling?

Evaporative cooling is a form of air conditioning where water is used to cool the air in your house. It is more commonly used in dry climates where a regular AC might over-cool the air and cause water damage. An evaporative cooler works by taking water and pushing it through a cooling pad connected to a fan. The fan blows the cool water through the house, cooling it down. Since water evaporates naturally, the cooler uses this property of water to cool the air.

How to choose: Which type of cooling is best for you?

When comparing air conditioning and evaporative cooling, you should consider the following factors: 

Cost – This can vary widely depending on which type of cooling you choose to install and the size of the system. For example, an evaporative cooler might cost less to buy and install than an AC, but it also might cost more to maintain and operate. 

Outdoor environment – If you live in a dry environment with low humidity, an evaporative cooler might be a better fit than an AC. 

Environment – If your air conditioner is next to your house, the condensation from the cooling system might cause water damage to your house. You should also consider how loud each system is and how much noise pollution it might create.

Air conditioner pros and cons

AC Pros AC Cons AC Conclusion Air conditioning is a tried and true way of cooling your home. It is a very efficient way to control the humidity and temperature in your home. It also does an excellent job of removing allergens from the air. 

ACs require a lot of energy, which can add to your electricity bill. They also require regular maintenance and need to be replaced every several years. A new AC can be expensive, so you may want to consider investing in energy-efficient models. Air conditioning is a tried and true way to cool your home, but it’s not the only way.

Evaporative cooling pros and cons

Evaporative Cooler Pros Evaporative Cooler Cons Evaporative Cooler Conclusion Evaporative cooling is a cheap and efficient way to control the humidity and temperature in your home. It is best used in low-humidity areas because it does not remove water from the air. They cost less to buy and run than traditional ACs. However, they require regular maintenance and must be replaced every few years. 

A new evaporative cooler can be an investment, but it might be worth it if you consider the amount of money you would save on your electricity bill. Evaporative cooling is a cheap and efficient way to keep your home cool without relying on electric cooling.


Air conditioning and evaporative cooling are effective ways to keep your home cool in the summer heat. The best choice for you will depend on your budget, the outdoor environment where you live, and the type of building materials you have around your home. Keep in mind that air conditioning has the added benefit of removing allergens from the air while evaporative cooling does not. 

If allergies are a problem in your home, you might want to consider an AC. If you need to cool your home during the hot summer months, it’s best to get a home cooling system. Choosing between air conditioning and evaporative cooling can be a difficult decision. If you are in the cooling market, consider these pros and cons to help you decide.

The following two tabs change content below.
Canadian Home Trends magazine gives you a personal tour of the most stunning homes and condos across Canada. You'll be inspired by a selection of accessible home décor products, trend reports, simple yet stylish DIY projects, and much more. In each issue, you are given the tools to recreate designer spaces you've always dreamt of having at home, in-depth renovation and design advice, colour palette and furniture pairings, and Canada's best places to shop.

Latest posts by Canadian Home Trends (see all)