Air conditioning on a boat may seem like a luxury, but proper climate control and ventilation is crucial for preventing moisture and mold.
Just like in your home, air conditioning represents the greatest expense due to high usage in hot months. Since you can enjoy the warm breeze or your boat in motion, it may seem like a waste to add an air conditioner to your boat. Consider where you do your primary boating. If you’re cruising in states known for high heat and high humidity, then adding an A/C unit would seem like a “no-brainer.”
Mosquitos, gnats and biting midges are another factor. Screened cabins restrict ventilation. An air conditioner extends the use of these areas, enabling you to cruise in comfort.
Vents and ventilation blowers help maintain a drier climate on board. This is important for extending the life of your electronics as well as canvas fabrics. Vents such as cowl vents, deck vents or louvers simply provide a pathway for air to move through the interior of the boat.
Air circulation is as important as proper ventilation. You want to be sure your ventilation system provides a cross-flow where new air is coming in and stale air is being removed. This is where an exhaust blower comes in handy. A high-volume blower, like the Jabsco flange mount blowers, provides air intake or exhaust ventilation for boat engine rooms, fuel compartments, galleys or heads.
A self-contained marine air conditioner has a life expectancy of about 15-20 years, depending on where and how much you use it. It's definitely worth the investment.
For help in choosing the right climate control or ventilation system, call our boat experts. They'll steer you in the right direction.
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