Today’s Courant carries a full-page ad with the banner headline “Connecticuters set to get free air cooling units.”
“A new miracle air cooler is actually being given away free…miracle air cooler to stay cool for pennies a day.”
The good news here folks that the units only do cost pennies a day and bring thousands of dollars a day in advertising revenue to The Courant and other newspaper that carry this ad.
The bad news is, that of course nothing is free (other than free samples at grocery stores) and the unit may help keep a dog cool if it sits right next to it, but otherwise save your money.
If you read all the fine print, you will discover that you have to order TWO MIRA-COOL units to get one of them “Free” and you pay shipping on both. So the total cost is $298 for the two units plus $98 to ship them.
And what is the miracle in these little boxes? Well its two small icebags placed in a bowl of water with a fan blowing over the ice.
I called the number on the ad and talked to Eve, who wanted to rush the order through and did not want to chit chat about the product. She said there were too many variables to tell me how large of a room these units will cool but assured me that it would cool an average size room.
Consumer Reports tested another company’s similar product and found this:
“At just over 200 square feet, our test room is actually a tad smaller than the roughly 227-square-foot living room in a typical new home, and, therefore, should be easier to cool. We controlled conditions around the room to simulate an 85°F dry summer day with a relative humidity of just 57 percent.
“As we found, the phrase “up to” in Cool Surge’s cooling claims does some heavy lifting: Our string of sensors showed the device failed to appreciably lower the room’s overall temperature during a four-hour test.”
So, save some real money and stay cool by purchasing a real air conditioner.
Portable Air Shop also says it has a number of great options for portable ac unit available at reasonable prices.
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