Who’s staying cool in the tri-cities area, and what is their secret to staying that way? Really the number of homes that have AC in Washington by area is interesting:
- Eastern Washington-65% of homes have air conditioning and 52% are staying cool with central heat.
- Northwest Washington-20% of homes have air conditioning and 42% are using heat pumps to stay cool.
- Southwest Washington-40% of homes have air conditioning and 53% are using a heat pump to cool off.
Information obtained from Washington Single-Family Homes-State Summary Statistics by NEEA
So how are we staying cool in the tri-cities area?
Since this area is the sunbelt of the Pacific Northwest with over 300 days of sunshine annually, there really is a reason to know how to stay cool.
Heat pumps offer a great solution to staying cool and are the preferred method in the tri-cities area. Working in much the same was as your refrigerator, the heat pump keeps you cool by moving warm or cold air from one area to another. Coming in three flavors:
- Air to air
- Water Source
The air to air is the most popular in the tri-cities area. For about a quarter of the cost of conventional heating and cooling appliances, a heat pump is a great option to consider.
Heat pumps come in ductless or ducted. In most cases, ductless is preferred to avoid leakage in ducts that cost in efficiency. The heat pump is controlled by utilizing a wall mounted or remote control stat either one and timers/programs can be used for uniform control.
What about swamp coolers for staying cool in the tri-cities area?
Swamp coolers as they are called are a great alternative to air conditioning for staying cool in the tri-cities area. Lower in cost for installation and maintenance, the swamp cooler is also more efficient and eco-friendly. Basically, a swamp cooler draws warm or hot air into the unit, passes it over water moistened pads and sends it out into the room as cooled air. Since the air is full of moisture, it also gives it a feeling of several degrees cooler. So, there you have another great option for staying cool in the tri-cities area.
The choice of course is yours, but to get information and a recommendation on which system would work best for you for staying cool in the tri-cities area, visit Chinook or call at 509.736.1211. Chinook out, be cool!