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Condensate is a byproduct of air conditioning, which is created when moisture in the air condenses on the cold evaporator coils. There are two situations where an air conditioner would not generate condensate. If there's no moisture in the air, then there's nothing to condense out of the air. If the coils are not cold enough (below the dew point), the ...


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I think you'd end up running into a whole boat load of issues before you could even begin talking about efficiency. The first and most pressing being the rapid condensation that would occur within seconds of circulating the cold liquid (leaving you with a whole host of other DIY problems you'd need to work out). Which, I imagine would need to be somewhere ...


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This is unconventional for a residence but it will work, although not quite as efficiently as the heating in winter. You will need a source of cool water. If you have an artesian spring on your property or a stream running through it, the project might be worthwhile. Otherwise you will need to install a chiller, and you may have trouble finding a HVAC ...


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As written this question is pretty hard to answer. It sounds like you're having AC problems tho and need a test method. Find or purchase 2 probe type thermometers like thermometers. Analog or digital doesn't matter, the only things that are important are that they have a probe and that they give the same reading laying next to each other on a table (you ...


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One boringly unexciting approach is double drywall (and don't choose the lightweight type) though that is more often done when building or rebuilding/remodeling than as a retrofit without some other rebuilding/remodeling going on. It easily and unobtrusively adds a significant mass to the interior structure. Bang for the buck, and in most cases pound for ...


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I have about 50 55-gallon drums stacked in my basement, all filled with water. They are stacked one on top of the other (bottom row/top row) along our north basement wall. I have two in floor-mounted fans, one pushing, one pulling, mounted in the ground-floor joist cavity (from above they just look like floor mounted cold air returns). During the day, the ...


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The only good solution to for this that I know of is pumped geothermal heat storage. In this system, a thermal well us used to store heat underground, and a heat pump is used to move energy between the house and the ground. Theoretically, if your local geology permits it, this lets your air conditioning during the summer store heat that can be recovered ...


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It's an intriguing question. On one hand, trapped air is heated through radiation. On the other, it acts as an insulator. Keep in mind that we aren't talking about airflow, but heat flow (by conduction, convection, and radiation). The answer probably depends on how many of your windows are exposed to the sun, where extreme temperatures are generated ...


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It sounds like outside air is perfectly cool once the sun goes down. So you're dealing with solar gain, that's when the sun shines on an enclosed structure and makes it hot. That's how babies and dogs die if left in hot cars in the summer. At dusk the building is no longer heating up, but it has some thermal mass, so the heat is sticking around. The ...


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There are lots of variations on the 5 gallon bucket air conditioner. Uses ice made in your freezer and inexpensive fans. Google "5 gallon bucket air conditioner". One example http://www.instructables.com/id/5-Gallon-Bucket-Air-Conditioner/ The basic idea is to load the bucket with ice you've made in the freezer and a fan forces air over the ice - blowing ...


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Location and placement are the top concerns for windows if they are to be used as your primary source of cooling. There's probably computer software for flow diagnostics now; architects used to have to build mock-ups and run colored water through them. You might want vertical casement windows and/or awnings to deal with the rain. Additionally, I recommend a ...


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Install a ceiling fan (you don't need or want a skylight, as per the other question's answer). It doesn't matter if it has a reverse switch, it will stir up all the air either way. IMO they don't spin slow enough to use in the winter anyway. If you don't like it blowing directly on you, then do run it in reverse. Humans cool themselves by evaporating ...


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I list options besides cold shower. Alternatives ways blackout light-blocking curtain liners and it alternatives such as rescue folio window tint requires adhesing them to the window satin/silk clothes, satin/silk bed linens (they do not attract dirt and positive charges) if your body is heating up due to allergies, inexpensive negative ioniser can for ...


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I am summarising terms that may be able to work as solar curtains as pointed out by DMoore, I don't know yet whether solar curtains is a brand so listing alternatives below so easier to find curtains to block the heat. Solar curtains (looks like curtains like in the picture, with style) blackout, light-blocking curtain liner (additional material added to ...


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What an interesting set of challenges. I would spend some time studying passive cooling and attempt to incorporate the best possible concepts that you can find that would apply to your locale. I was always fascinated by a solar chimney that uses the heat of the sun to create a draft effect drawing air into the house as the hot air exits the chimney. This ...



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