03:34AM | 08/14/07
Member Since: 04/07/07
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The temperature in my husband's office is so warm, the OSHA guy literally walks into his office, takes a temp reading and says, "Okay, you can go home now."

He doesn't have windows, his desk top fan just circulates hot air, and his office is too small for an "inside" a/c unit to be practical - the heat exhaust has to go *somewhere*.

I'm wondering if I could dummy-rig his fan to blow cold air as follows:

Wrap copper tubing in a circular coil on the front of his fan.

Run each end of the copper tubing into a cooler filled with ice and cold water. (Salt, too, if the ice isn't cold enough on it's own)

Attach a water pump (like those used with small outdoor fountains) to the tubing.

Turn on both the fan and the pump, so the pump circulates cold water through the coils, and the fan blows the cool air off of the coils, and onto my husband.

I don't have any illusions about making it snow in his office, I'd just like to take the edge off of the heat as he sits at his desk.

His office is too humid to make a "swamp" cooler.


05:26AM | 08/15/07
Member Since: 04/07/07
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Mr. Kestenholz, where are you when I need you!

Do I have a snowball's chance in Hades of this harebrained scheme doing anything other than look silly?

Any suggestions, please?


08:09AM | 08/15/07
Member Since: 04/07/07
42 lifetime posts
Thanks for taking the time to save me the time!


03:17PM | 08/20/07
Member Since: 04/07/07
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I'm not opposed to opening up my own wallet and buying him an air conditioner. I was thinking in dummy-rigging terms because:

1. He doesn't have a window, so a window unit seems out.

2. I've assumed the portable room a/c's throw off heat in order to work, and the heat has to be vented somewhere. Am I wrong about that? His office is maybe 12 ft x 12 ft. floor space - not including book cases, his desk, video editing equip bank, etc.


03:57PM | 08/20/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
I don't know what the construct of the office and building is nor what he is allowed to do.

But it sounds like a mini-split ductless would be ideal.

They are like a window AC that has been split in half.

You have an external compressor and only a couple of freon lines that connects to a samll wall or ceiling hung evaporate coil and fan.

This is just the first example that google found.


07:29AM | 08/22/07
Member Since: 04/07/07
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I so appreciate you taking the time to find me a resource. I'll check it out, and see if it's viable for his situation at work.

He's on the inside of a corridor with no wall that borders on the outside.

But! I haven't checked your idea yet, so that might not matter.

Thanks, again - how kind of you.


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