The morning paper had another of those full-page ads. You know, the ones that look like newspaper articles but have “advertisement” in tiny print somewhere on the page. According to the Cool Surge website:
The Cool Surge eco-friendly air cooler is a work of engineering genius from the China coast so advanced that no windows, vents or freon are required. It is as easy to use as a baby’s vaporizer and even includes the four hour extra cooling power of the glacier ice blocks. It uses the same electricity as a 60 watt light bulb, yet it blasts out ice cooled air. The hi-efficiency motor cools the air around the unit up to ten degrees so you’ll instantly feel cool and refreshed. The 3 cooling levels and auto shut off function put all the comfort controls right at your finger tips. It’s so impressive that it even comes with a full year Money Back Guarantee.
A 60-watt ventless air conditioner? Yeah, right. It’s a fan that blows air over “glacier ice blocks” which you have to freeze in your freezer. The freezer uses all the electricity, not the fan. And since the whole system (fan + refrigerator) is ventless, it makes your house WARMER, not cooler. That is, the fan blows cool air in your face, while your refrigerator makes the kitchen warmer. On average, the house gets warmer.
See also: Cool Surge update: May 8, 2009