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Old 06-03-2014, 06:29 PM   #1
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Thumbs up DIY Air Conditioner

I've seen some different ideas for a DIY air conditioner, but this one seemed like a neat idea with the frozen gallon jug of ice in it, to recycle as needed.

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Old 06-03-2014, 06:35 PM   #2
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I'm thinking that might not be the best option in a hot, humid environment..... Though maybe somewhere like the central valley in CA, that would work.

When the swamp cooler would crap out when I lived out there, I'd take a large dishpan, fill it with ice I'd get from the liquor store and set it in front of the fan. Ice melted - evaporated and the fan blew the slightly cooled air around the room. Not great, but when it was 110 degrees or more with less than 10% humidity, it helped
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:41 PM   #3
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I thought that having the ice block encased in the gallon jug would cut down on the humidity coming off of it.
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I thought that having the ice block encased in the gallon jug would cut down on the humidity coming off of it.
Well it would certainly work but it would work better in a low humidity environment.

Additionally, it would tend to condense the moisture out of the air.

The best I think would be evaporative cooling or "swamp cooling". But, after a certain humidity level, 60% I think, doesn't work.
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I had the best luck with turning a small plastic tub with handle cut outs on its side, standing 2 L bottle of frozen water in the tub and placing a fan in front blowing outward. I didn't notice any increase in humidity. I used this at work a few years ago it felt very good blowing across my back, shoulders and neck.
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