Skip to comments.Personal bleg: Unbearably warm office building (evaporative coolers on the east coast?)
Posted on 09/13/2011 8:24:53 AM PDT by dangus
I work on the top floor of an old, poorly-constructed office building. Heat rises up the elevator shafts from the lower floors to mine. Even on the coldest of winter days, it's uncomfortably hot inside (80 degrees plus). We have two portable air conditioners running, but they're of limited effectiveness since we don't have direct access to outside air. Although our city is very humid, the air inside the office is very dry, year-round.
Would anyone know this?:
Would this be a good use for a small, personal evaporative air cooler? Would it just cancel out the effect of the portable, air-drying air conditioners? Or would they each make the other more effective? Would the more humid air generated be harmful to electronics? (Another reason we have a heat problem is that we have several servers.)
Well the evap has to be a once through path. If it sits in and draws air from a closed space it won’t be effective, you will end up blowing around hot moist air.
I’d get an air conditioning specialist to take a look at your office to get a professional opinion. Noone can tell you what the reality is concerning your office by just your description.
It could be the A/C controller is set up poorly and just needs a knowledgeable person to adjust it.I don't mean the wall controls but the main system controller which is likely computerized,unless really old.
Unless the unit is sized wrong for that building or has failed components,it is most likely adjusted improperly.
I agree, we should all take our tops off
That sounds naughty
So for you personally, the only thing you can do is to wear a cool suit, like the NASCAR drivers do.
Bingo, best solution. I was going to post it but read the threads first.
Mitsubishi is on the higher end of the price scale but there are a number of brands to look at.
Swamp coolers, as we call them out west, will not work in your climate.
“We have two portable air conditioners running, but they’re of limited effectiveness since we don’t have direct access to outside air.”
Turn them off. They’re making things worse.
The fallback when the ALEG fails. Eployee manual section Z31.a.b.c010804.14 - acronyms.
Hey, I live in the south. People used to work in the offices here in full suits and NO air conditioning. So, if you like your job...
Yes they did ,, and in much shorter buildings that had less chimney effect ,,, and they had windows that opened ... What’s your point?
—Yes they did ,, and in much shorter buildings that had less chimney effect ,,, and they had windows that opened ... Whats your point?—
My point is that human beings are resilient and can work with negatives if the positives are greater. That’s really all I meant.
Also, opening windows when the temperature is in the 90’s and the humidity is sky high isn’t all that helpful. ;->
They keep the server room cool. They get SOME access to outside air, but not enough, so they also pull air in from the rest of the office. They create negative pressure, which means much of the warm air gets pulled back in rather than progressing out any ventilation.
Having said that, evaporative coolers work well in relative humidity ranges of 20%. I doubt it's that dry. I wonder if you are getting any close to the required outside air.
Where on the east coast are you and what are you thinking of using for your evaporative cooling system?
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