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Old 07-22-2008, 03:00 AM   #1
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Default Walk-In Cooler.....With a twist

In the spirt of Deep Six's epic walk-in cooler: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=11440 and http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...Walk-in_Cooler I would like to do the same type thing... but I have a problem. I have a side facing garage and due to my lovely HOA I can not have a AC unit in the front of the house and the other side is my living room, I am sure that there would be all kinds of issues with me blowing AC exhaust in there. I really don't want to spend a $1000.00 or so on a wall mount unit like this http://www.acfactoryoutlet.com/home....FQUQswodJRdqBg Do you guys think a floor unit would be able to economically cool a walk in cooler? If so any ideas on which one? Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 07-22-2008, 03:18 AM   #2
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depending on the size of the walk in they do make portable units for around 400 bucks. you basicly exhaust through a tube like your drier vent. so get a tee for the dryer vent and use it. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...N=90401+526378

that one is good enough for 400sq foot.

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Old 07-22-2008, 03:46 AM   #3
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I don't know about that unit, but all the spot coolers I've ever rented (data centers) were about 40% efficient. i.e. a 5 ton unit provides about 2 tons of cooling.

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Old 07-22-2008, 04:09 AM   #4
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There is also ductless units, you can hide the outside unit perhaps in the backyard. Like these: http://www.minisplitsystems.com/paceair.html

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yes splits are better and more efficient and yes the portables are about half. but if one was to keep it to say 10x10 or smaller that thing should cool it. so i guess it comes down to how big of a walk in are you building?

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Old 07-22-2008, 05:08 AM   #6
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Wow, thanks guys! I am probably looking at a 6x8 area. I am off to work, I'll look over the info you guys gave me an write more after work.

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The split units look like the way you should go, will need to run some lines to the back side of your house it seems, but that way you can conform with the HOA

I don't want to sidetrack your thread, but I hate hate hate HOAs

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The split units look like the way you should go, will need to run some lines to the back side of your house it seems, but that way you can conform with the HOA

I don't want to sidetrack your thread, but I hate hate hate HOAs

was checking the prices of the splits and they are going for 900 to over 2 grand. 6x8 is only 48sq foot. even though the portables only allow 40 to 50% efficiency i am still thinking a 10k btu portable unit would work in this room. if all else hang the through wall/window unit and vent to the garage. yes you'll add heat to the garage but shouldn't add that much heat since if designed like the other it may kick on 4 or 8 times a day. build the room go grab a portable put the vent where you think you would add a window unit. fire it up try it out for a week. if it doesnt work then put in a window unit and return the other. wait and try to score a split unit
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:50 PM   #10
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The one thing that still amazes me about my walk-in cooler is the amount of moisture that is pulled out of the cooler through the A/C. The exterior wall behind the A/C is always wet.

If you went with a portable A/C unit, you would have to figure out a way to drain it automatically.

I don't live in a HOA ruled neighborhood, but if I did, I think I'd just install the A/C real low to the ground and plant something in front of it to hide it from the street.

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