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Question Portable Air Condition Recommendation?

So its starting to get warm here. The heat wave have gotten me really scared. The last couple of days I had been struggling to keep my tanks 80F and below.

I think I should invest in a portable AC unit than chillers because each chiller is about $200-$300 right and if I got one for every tank, it will probably just will cost as much to run them as an AC unit only for my room.

My room is about 200 sq.ft.

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If you have a window you can use, get a window unit. The portable units are GARBAGE. For one, the entire unit is in the room so even though it is ducting the warm air out, it is still adding to the heat of the room. It is a big hot unit in the middle of your room. Much the same way chillers tend to heat up the rooms they are in while cooling the tank.
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It will be far more practical to just cool the tanks. If it is a temporary situation, there are several things to do that cost far less than AC. Turning out some lights on the tanks, fans to cause evaporation, opening lids to let air in, are all way cheaper than AC. If it is for you to cool, that is a different question.
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Hi My,
What about using a clip on fan. My tanks are about 70 with the fan.

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You should be able to get a 6,500 for about 150 And it will keep the room more then cool. It will also help with humidity in the room.
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It will be far more practical to just cool the tanks. If it is a temporary situation, there are several things to do that cost far less than AC. Turning out some lights on the tanks, fans to cause evaporation, opening lids to let air in, are all way cheaper than AC. If it is for you to cool, that is a different question.
I wish I could, but I don't have $1,000 to spend on chillers to keep all my tanks cool ATM

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What about using a clip on fan. My tanks are about 70 with the fan.

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Unfortunately they haven't been working for me at all lately

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I feel ya. I keep my DIY computer fan 24/7 and the lowest temp I can get is 76F with the lights off during the day. At night I turn my lights on and temp is still 74F with the fan on. I haven't seen my thermometer reads 72F for like 10 days already.

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Just go to homedepot and take a look at portable air conditioners. I got one years ago for about 100, the window kind and it worked well. Just really noisy but would keep a small room ice cold. Costco is another option as they have a lot of ac's there.


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ill second the window unit. spend about 100-200 bux and ur set. even if it keeps the room at 80. it will dehumidify the room and allow for fans to do a beter job of coolin the tanks

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This is the exact model that I am looking to get:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/General-El...T05LQ/20449871

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Yep those kind are good but are a bit heavy. If you have more money to spend you could consider these kind that have a hose that connects to the window so it's easy maneuver around (rather than putting the entire unit on the window itself)

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...30995*&topnav=
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I have both a portable AC (the kind with the hose that gets vented out the window) and one that's mounted in the window, so I can actually compare them pretty much side by side (different parts of the house). They are pretty similar in BTU's, (11,000 vs 12,000) but the window mounted one is much more efficient, and much quieter. If at all possible, get a window mounted AC. Only go for the portable one if that's your only option.

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I still suggest it would be far better to just cool the tanks. It just takes a bit of thinking to get by with cooling the tanks without AC or chillers. If you like high tech and expensive that will work but if you want to save money, work with what you have. Move a spray bar so that it shoots water up and falls back. Lower the tank water level to get more splash if you use HOB filters. Open lids and/or add fans to increase evaporation. In the desert evaporative coolers are the only type air conditioning many use. It will work the same on your tanks.
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Look on Craigslist for ac's. We got a huge one cheap and it's worked for years
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The cheap $100 units don't come with temperature control. What I did in undergrad was get a cheap on/off thermostat controlled outlet, here's one for $30. I don't remember if Walmart was cheaper.

This way you can just set it to 78F and forget about it.

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