Many times grownups instructed children to stay away from desert cooler because of the chances of getting an electric shock were very high, and they were afraid we may get our fingers cut by the fans on inserting hands inside it. Most of the people kept their desert coolers outside the room near the windows as they were huge in size and made lot of noise. Water consumption of desert coolers was a lot as it was kept outside in sun, and used to have larger side grill. It needed two refills in one night. Few accidents also happened in Udaipur city when robbers sprayed chloroform on the pads of desert coolers lying outside and robbed the homes after inmates falling unconscious. Then I saw a room cooler made up of plastic which could be kept inside the room made less noise with comparatively lesser water consumption. With no danger of being tempered by external forces. At this time possessing an air conditioner was a symbol of luxury.
Few years hence summers became hotter than ever, scarcity of water made it tough to use any kind of cooler and people switched to air conditioners in homes and offices. No doubt it provided relief but on the cost of inflated electricity bills. Plus installation and purchase of A/C is costly and demands an extra electricity connection or we can say a double/triple phase connection. This is again a costly affair. To help of people who can’t afford A/C wooden coolers emerged in market. Users and sellers claimed it to be the best option. As it has thicker cooling pads, larger and broader side grills. Installation is easy and runs on normal electricity connection, less power consuming, efficient water pumping mechanism helps in retaining water for a longer duration. But few users complain that it requires more care than a normal iron or plastic cooler.
Wood of these coolers age very fast because of weather conditions, Heat, rain and again heating tends to destroy the casing. It has to be brought in dry area as soon as the summer season is over. Wooden cooler has an estimated life of 5-6 years on high maintenance and take care. On the other hand a normal iron or desert cooler simply rusts which can be repainted and has an estimated life of 8-10 years on a repainting after fourth or fifty year. This season, Wooden Coolers which is popularly known as “lakdi ka cooler”