Quilo puts energy efficient evaporative cooling in a portable package
Keeping your house at a comfortable temperature isn't easy, especially if you're trying to save energy and space. Quilo Home aims to solve both those problems with its compact fan and evaporative cooler. Not only does the compact unit offer air cooling in the summer, it doubles as a humidifier for the colder months.
With handles, four castor wheels and weighing just 13.2 lb (6 kg), the Quilo can be shuffled from room-to-room with ease. It doesn't require any installation, and there aren't any complicated setup steps involved in getting ready to cool: just plug into the wall, fill the water tank and press the power button. The company has also made sure the cooler will work regardless of the voltage coming in, meaning it should work worldwide.
When it's up and running, the Quilo consumes just 7.4 watts of energy while cooling a 160 ft2 (14.9 m2) area by up to 10°F (6°C). That figure is more comparable to a light bulb or phone charger than a traditional air conditioner. The eco-friendly focus continues beyond power consumption, because the compact Quilo doesn't use any compressor or refrigerant gas. It also employs a carbon filter to grab dust and pollutants from the air, helping asthmatics breathe easier.
Anyone with dry skin will appreciate the humidifier capability, too. This is particularly useful if you live at altitude, where the persistent cold and thin air can mercilessly sap the moisture from your skin. Regardless of whether it's working as a fan or humidifier, the unit is whisper quiet, operating between just 10 and 20 dB.
Quilo is currently featured on Kickstarter, where it has raised almost US$5,000 of its $40,000 goal with 28 days remaining. Super early birds can reserve a unit for $99, and retail price is $149 with shipping slated for July 2017.
Take a closer look at Quilo in the following video:
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