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  • firepuncher commented on RCLifeOn's instructable DIY Mini Air Conditioner8 months ago
    DIY Mini Air Conditioner

    Folks, an air conditioner is not just for cooling. It is to condition the air, specifically to remove humidity which at any temperature tends to make for greater comfort. Obviously there are limits to that. You don't want it too dry in the winter. It is all about comfort. Cooling is another thing most air conditioners do, but cooling while adding copious amounts of moisture to the indoor environment really defeats the purpose and is nothing more than a swamp cooler. Great for your patio for relief from the heat when you can't change the humidity, but terrible indoors. To take this to an extreme, as some people have with larger designs, you can increase the humidity enough in a house to cause mold on inside surfaces and even rotting of external wall components. Basically come up with a w...see more »Folks, an air conditioner is not just for cooling. It is to condition the air, specifically to remove humidity which at any temperature tends to make for greater comfort. Obviously there are limits to that. You don't want it too dry in the winter. It is all about comfort. Cooling is another thing most air conditioners do, but cooling while adding copious amounts of moisture to the indoor environment really defeats the purpose and is nothing more than a swamp cooler. Great for your patio for relief from the heat when you can't change the humidity, but terrible indoors. To take this to an extreme, as some people have with larger designs, you can increase the humidity enough in a house to cause mold on inside surfaces and even rotting of external wall components. Basically come up with a way to dehumidify the air and you will be far more comfortable than with this type of cooler. Sorry

    Yes, if the air in the room is high humidity then containing the ice so as to isolate it from the air would work, and a drain could be set up I imagine. Even a plastic bag for the ice cubes in a pinch. Of course any membrane is going to slow heat transfer, which could be compensated for with a larger blower, but then the complexity grows and the next ting you know we have an AC unit LoL In the end it is a neat little unit and well thought out for what it is. I would use it outdoors though

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