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Old Jun 13th, 2005, 04:30 PM   #1
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cooling down a house

My friend lives in a rental place and the house is just a trap for hot air.

As I have ac I took over a fan but this poor girl is just now blowing hot air around her house with this fan.

The house is a heat trap the air is hot and stagnant there is no air flow thew the house with the windows open, I tried a few things to see if i could create a vacume of air threw the house but nothing.

Ive gone to the extent to install a a screen in the front door ( took out the glass from the screen door) but that does minimal damage to the hot air prob

Anyone have any ideas to help cool the house down that im not thinking about. Other than the $100 AC units at home depot. ( lets say shes in between jobs for arguments sake)

ps i think there is heat comming from the people that live below in this rental death trap.

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Old Jun 13th, 2005, 04:33 PM   #2
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ps i think there is heat comming from the people that live below in this rental death trap.
Hot air rises... gotta hate when you're not on the first floor.
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Old Jun 13th, 2005, 05:59 PM   #3
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actually she is on the 1st floor those are basement apt people the house is a bungalo

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Old Jun 13th, 2005, 06:00 PM   #4
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I dunno about that - I love going to sleep at night with my windows open and not worrying about someone coming in through them.
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Old Jun 13th, 2005, 06:03 PM   #5
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recipe for a really cheap air conditioner:

1) fill two 2-litre pop bottles with water
2) put them in the freezer
3) when completely frozen, take them out and place them in front of the fan
4) turn on the fan and enjoy the cool breeze
5) when the ice melts, replace the bottles with two other bottles (i.e. repeat steps 1-3)
6) repeat steps 1-5 as required

this is the basic layout of any a/c unit. you may want to place the bottles in a tray of some sort to collect the water that will condense on them. that's the humidity being removed from the air. this will probably only be good enough to cool a small area of a small room - but it may make it easier to sleep at night.

if that doesn't work, try setting up a cross-breeze in the apartment. open up two windows that are on opposite ends of the apartment (or as far apart as possible). these should be the only two windows that are open. set up the fan to blow air out of one of the windows. this will draw air in from the other window and should induce a constant breeze through the apartment. not the best solution, but it's better than nothing. in the evening, cooler air should be drawn in and make the place a little more bearable.

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Old Jun 13th, 2005, 06:04 PM   #6
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Not a lot you can do--I once lived in a similarly stagnant rental heat trap. Fans and open windows are good--sometimes you have to experiment a little with fan placement to make it all work--but all you can feel is hot air moving around, it's not much help. Fans do generate some heat, so if they aren't helping the airflow, turn them off. Keep the TV, computer, stove and lights off as much as possible; they generate heat. No sense adding to the misery.

Take cool showers. I would, and let my hair air dry, which kept me a lot cooler. Stay hydrated. TImmy's ice caps worked well for me back then, but they add up in cost.

Otherwise, tell your friend to stay out of the house as much as possible. I used to hang out at Chapters (ah, air conditioned stores) a lot, or coffee shops, or just drive around in my car--my car had air conditioning.
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Old Jun 14th, 2005, 10:27 AM   #7
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When I lived on the third floor of an old house, before I went to bed, I would have a bath that included soaking my hair in the coldest water from the tap, not dry myself and go to bed naked. Also, for a quick cool-down in less severe conditions, soaking feet in cold water really helps.
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Old Jun 14th, 2005, 12:07 PM   #8
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Maybe this?

http://www.eng.uwaterloo.ca.nyud.net:8090/~gmilburn/ac/
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Originally Posted by miguelsanchez
recipe for a really cheap air conditioner:

1) fill two 2-litre pop bottles with water
2) put them in the freezer
3) when completely frozen, take them out and place them in front of the fan
4) turn on the fan and enjoy the cool breeze
5) when the ice melts, replace the bottles with two other bottles (i.e. repeat steps 1-3)
6) repeat steps 1-5 as required

this is the basic layout of any a/c unit. you may want to place the bottles in a tray of some sort to collect the water that will condense on them. that's the humidity being removed from the air. this will probably only be good enough to cool a small area of a small room - but it may make it easier to sleep at night.
Just a caveat about this: if you're making the fridge/freezer work extra hard to make extra ice that you wouldn't otherwise make, then the net result is that you're just shuffling heat from one part of the house to the other. Not that you wouldn't want to do it if short on options, but it's worth remembering if the kitchen seems hotter than before -- that's the fridge making more heat from doing its extra work.

Another note: adding salt to the water will improve the efficiency of the setup somewhat. (I can't remember the chemical reason -- lowers the freezing point?)
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Old Jun 14th, 2005, 06:09 PM   #10
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I just saw this poor man's air conditioner ... check it out

http://mirror.lerfjhax.com/www.eng.u.../~gmilburn/ac/
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