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codefinger
8/21/2019 14:25 EST

Anyone here renting a house or apartment that you WISH had air conditioning sometimes? Lots of nice places to rent all over Costa Rica but the best locations and prices typically don't seem to offer air conditioning, which makes me wonder how much it is needed.
(Currently considering the Caribbean side, Cocles beach area, but also possibly Pacific side, southern zone.
So many great areas to choose from!)

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Kohl
8/21/2019 18:29 EST

If near the beach, you may well, require it.

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princzz
8/22/2019 06:21 EST

Buy an air cooler that is portable for $100-200 bucks and use it in the room you are in. Same electricity as a fan, low cost cools air 10-20 degrees cooler!! Buy all over costa rica.

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codefinger
8/23/2019 14:35 EST

I JUST tried one of those little air cooler units out last night and it was pretty nice. I am in Louisiana, but Costa Rica is even more humid (although somehow based on my visits it feels nicer there...maybe because it has so many more trees!). I was worried too much humidity might make it harder for it to cool. Good to know it will work for us in Costa Rica! Thank you!

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codefinger
8/23/2019 14:36 EST

Really? I would think the beach would be cooler than other areas.

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codefinger
8/23/2019 14:39 EST

Really? I would think the beach would be cooler than other areas. Good to know! Thank you!

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trailrnr
8/23/2019 15:02 EST

You need to take into account altitude. Increase in altitude, has the same effect as increasing latitude. It works the same way in all tropical locations, be it Costa Rica, Hawaii, or California.

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Kohl
8/23/2019 16:04 EST

Using A/C at the beach can add $$$'s to your power bill.

Finding this out in advance, is one of the reasons, people say 'rent first.'

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PombinhaCoco7
8/23/2019 17:07 EST

Kohl,
That's why every complex has one pool or more.
As long as you use the pool you won't need to have the AC on all the time.
The days I don't go to the pool I keep turning on the AC.
Some people only turn it on before they go to bed but I'm very sensitive to the humidity.

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princzz
8/24/2019 05:50 EST

Depends, but I gave bought 4, all originally for me, but they work so well, I bought one for my girlfriend and one for her family. Humidity plays a part, but for the most part they are excellent! I can't live comfortably without one. I have two. In your house, the humidity will be less than outside, and you can always put ice or ice bottles inside.

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princzz
8/24/2019 05:54 EST

If you are sensitive to humidity an air conditioner is what you need as it dries out the air and removes humidity.

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princzz
8/24/2019 06:11 EST

Using AC anywhere will add a ton of money, but get you a portable air cooler (aire enfriador), from any Walmart, Pricesmart, Cemaco, or Siman, and use it in the room you are in. They are sold all over CR because they work in CR. Don't worry about humidity as the humidity in the country everywhere is just about right for use, that's why they sell them and I've bought 4! Excellent. Also, the humidity in your residence will be different and lower than outside making it better for use. Another thing about the air cooler humidity, it is NOT like it's spraying out wet mist or water...no...it is a dry cool air, and if you put toilet paper in front it will not get wet or break. It uses the same energy as a fan (low), but doesn't blow hot air, it blows cool air (10-20 degrees). See link.

http://geotecsolar.com/evaporative-cooler-chart.html/ideas-collection-evaporative-cooler-chart-epic-evaporative-cooling-tower

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PombinhaCoco7
8/24/2019 14:55 EST

I have air conditioning in my condo. We have 3 splits: 1 in each bedroom and one in the living room/kitchen area.
I also have a huge pool right in front of my condo.
Sometime my husband just walks up to the pool shower to refresh himself.
I spend more time indoors than he does.

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ppbritton
8/24/2019 22:22 EST

air conditioners DO NOT dry the air - they drive the humidity higher - check the chart on air conditioner sites. I forget the name of the chart.................

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ppbritton
8/24/2019 22:32 EST

see psychrometric chart - be aware that air dehumidifiers warm the air to dry it out - that is what air conditioners need to do - rewarm the air after cooling it!!!!!

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PombinhaCoco7
8/25/2019 08:44 EST

I used to have dehumidifier towers in my house in Canada but I gave them to Salvation Army.

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shermanwc
8/25/2019 09:58 EST

We have wall mounted A/C units with outdoor compressors. They do remove moisture from the air, as well as cooling the air. We have both a "cool mode" and a "dry mode" on our A/C controller. The dry mode runs the compressor at a slower rate to remove moisture faster but cools slower. We often prefer the dry mode during rainy season, as it makes the air more comfortable and still cools it some.

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