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Lidocaine patch substitute for child's neuropathy.

Looking for a cool (as in chilly), inexpensive, gel-like patch to replace Lidocaine patches for a child with nerve pain. [more inside]
posted by orsonet on Sep 25, 2014 - 11 answers

Can I Get My Furnace Fan to Function Independently of Heating/Cooling?

We have this furnace. In the summer it would be nice if we could run only the fan (We don't have central air), but according to the manual, Fan Only Mode requires the R and G thermostat contacts be wired. As you can see, only the RC/RH and W contacts are wired. Would simply swapping the orange wire from RC/RH to RH/G create the circuit needed for sweet, sweet fan action, or will it be necessary to run a new wire from G to the control board in the furnace, therefore requiring professional help? [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Aug 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Open Skylight: Hot or Not?

My apartment is on the top floor of a single family home. My landlord has advised that we open the skylights, one in the bathroom and one in the stairwell, to help keep the house cool. We have a window AC unit going in one of the rooms (a bedroom next to the bathroom with the skylight). It seems like opening skylights would let the cooler air out, like any window. What is the right move here to keep the apartment cool? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

How to best cope without air conditioning?

I moved to the Pacific Northwest; absolutely none of the apartments I've toured feature air conditioning. How do I use the amenities I do have to improve comfort and quality of life? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Jun 9, 2014 - 31 answers

Help staying cool without AC in Wisconsin in July

We stay in a cabin for a week each July. The cabin has no air conditioning. This is not usually a big deal, but last year we had 3-4 beastly days in a row and I was crabby and had trouble sleeping. I'd like some tips on dealing with the heat and humidity. [more inside]
posted by soelo on May 28, 2014 - 23 answers

Where do I find a giant fan?

I live in an open, large, loft-like apartment that gets face-meltingly hot in the New England summer. Easily near 100F in the afternoon. AC is impractical for such a big space. I've tried box fans, but I haven't found one that moves enough air to make a difference and even those were as loud as airplanes. An even faster fan sounds like a bad idea, but a much bigger and slower fan might just do the trick. Something like these, but preferably something that doesn't need to be permanently installed? Where does one find an enormous fan?
posted by the jam on May 20, 2014 - 16 answers

What's a reliable, powerful fan?

Who has had a powerful fan for longer than three years without it breaking or doing something irritating? What's the make and model? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on May 14, 2014 - 21 answers

How do they cool ready meals despite the rule of "do not reheat"?

Conventional wisdom teaches us not to re-heat food. (Many do anyway, but that's another story). Many prepared meals are cooked (i.e. heated up) and then chilled and put into packets ready to be reheated (by oven or microwave). These ready meals often also say "do not reheat" on them. Some of them go into more detail with a curiosity-inducing sentence: "This ready meal has been cooled using a specialised process and should not be re-heated after home heating". My question is... what is this specialised process - why is it OK for them to cook and cool food ready to be re-heated, but not me! Is it just a sterile environment, or something more fascinating?
posted by cdenman on Mar 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Cooling baby's bottle?

So we have started giving our baby some formula feeds (after advice from medical professionals. We are well aware of the benefits of breast feeding, and still do it as much as possible). [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Oct 22, 2013 - 27 answers

Why do electric fans lose their effectiveness?

Something I've noticed with the two electric floor fans I've had in the past few years is that, over the course of many months, the air flow becomes dramatically weaker. Why is this, and can it be remedied? [more inside]
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Oct 9, 2013 - 11 answers

iMac, Windows 7, and fan speeds

I have a 2008 24" iMac that I've used BootCamp to get Windows 7 running. Issue: the fans never come on. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

HVAC hacks for a VERY large space?

The organization I run rents a large, old theater for once-a-week film screenings. Problem: the air conditioning is broken, and the theater doesn't have the capital to fix it before the summer ends. But we have screenings scheduled weekly through the end of August. Are there any good ways to keep a large space cool without a working AC system? (How did people keep cool in indoor spaces historically, pre-AC?) [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jun 28, 2013 - 22 answers

Laptop Fan

Does purchasing an external fan for a laptop work or are they just marketing? Mine can run a little warm when I am pushing it with games so I am considering a cooling pad.
posted by zzazazz on Jun 7, 2013 - 24 answers

What do you wish you'd known when buying a portable air conditioner?

I'm buying a portable air conditioner for our second-floor apartment. All our windows have openings at the bottom that are of the 2 panel slider variety, and no window unit will fit. Since I've never bought such a thing and I'm not very handy, I could use a few tips, especially concerning the feasibility of moving it from room to room every day. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Cooling fan for Dell Vostro 1500 ?

I was wondering if having a dead cooling fan in my Dell Vostro 1500 laptop would make the screen go wonky ? I purchased a new cooling fan, but I have no idea how to install it.
posted by therealshell on Apr 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Cold storage.

I would like some sort of cooler to store a pint of microgreens from Union Square Market this Saturday, for ≈2 hours. [more inside]
posted by polymodus on Aug 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Need to make a cooling box

Is there a way to keep 8 bays of ink cartridges cool without air conditioning? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 on Jun 29, 2012 - 11 answers

Thermostat to help control ventilation intelligently?

Is there a sensor device or thermostat setup that can inexpensively switch on a fan based on the difference between two temperature points (one inside, one outside)? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on Jun 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Why is my home A/C suddenly weak?

I bought a new (to us) house; the 2-zoned A/C worked very well for a week of very hot weather. Starting this weekend, it was having trouble cooling. The evaporator is not iced; the thermostat seems okay. What to look for? [more inside]
posted by ftm on May 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Summertime, and the living is extremely hot and sticky oh jesus

How do I choose a good portable air conditioner? Your help is welcome, details inside. [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Apr 28, 2012 - 4 answers

How to cool this HOT house???

Just replaced a 50-year-old tar/gravel roof with white shingles. This is in Florida. But now the house is hothothot, heat keeps rising, air-conditioner runs constantly but can't keep up! It's just after noon and 84 degrees in here! The roof is low-hip, the attic is a crawl space insulated to about R-30, there's a turbine on the roof and three passive vents. Still hot! Depressing after writing such a big check. Capable roofer says previous thick layer of tar/gravel probably insulated a lot. But now what's my next step? 1. Would a white latex coating be more cost-effective than a solar-powered vent? 2. Any other suggestions? Whew, and thanks!
posted by fivesavagepalms on Apr 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Very Effective Fan, Please

Can you recommend a great fan or portable air cooler for travel? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Apr 22, 2012 - 8 answers

I love you, but...

Do healthy, happy couples ever have periods where one or the other feels the ennui of "I love you, but I'm not in love with you?" If so, how do they resolve it? How do they decide if it's worth resolving?
posted by Caligula's Idiot Cousin on Apr 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Air conditioning vent clearance

I have air conditioning vents in the floor at the side of the room. The vents can be angled in different directions. If I put a large dresser against the wall, above a vent, with clearance of a few inches, will it be substantially detrimental to heating/cooling?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Mar 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Power supply fan starts and stops, why?

The fan in the power supply on my PC has been briefly cutting out, about once every 30 seconds. This makes the sound kind of annoying. Do I need to replace the entire power supply or can I just replace the fan? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Mar 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Blowing some cool air on a hot server

Apparently as the air system in our office building has degraded, the heat in our offices during the spring and fall when the AC shuts off has become unbearable as air that is hotter than outside is blown around. Bad for people, but worse for our server room. It has gotten to the breaking point and we need to do something. I'm looking for a way to cool off our servers in the transition periods between winter and A/C being turned on. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Mar 15, 2012 - 13 answers

Why does a processor seemingly run slower as it ages over years?

Why does a processor seemingly run slower as it ages over years? [more inside]
posted by supyo on Nov 13, 2011 - 21 answers

Help me keep my cool

What is the best way to cool a computer cheaply and easily? [more inside]
posted by notned on Oct 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Wrist cooling solution for laptop user?

I'm overheating because my MacBook Pro's wrist areas get very hot. What's the best way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Aug 4, 2011 - 12 answers

HVAC experts! I want a cool, dry basement home theater / jam room!

HVAC experts! I want a cool, dry basement home theater / jam room! [more inside]
posted by bradn on Aug 1, 2011 - 6 answers

I Just Wanna Be Cool

Upstairs, Downstairs, A/C issues: how can I help the new A/C in my old house keep me cool? [more inside]
posted by Corvid on Jun 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Maybe I should just live in a walk-in fridge

Even though I have central air, my large and sunny room is too hot for my heat-sensitive self. What strategies can I employ in order to keep it more tolerable in this hot, humid Jersey summer? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on May 31, 2011 - 27 answers

Can (PC) liquid cooling keep my room cool?

I have a question about liquid cooling my PC, which I guess is not a mechanical question about the process as much as it is a physics question about the nature of heat transfer. I think. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 31, 2011 - 12 answers

Where do I get good ceiling fan recommendations?

Does anyone have any good ceiling fan recommendations? [more inside]
posted by cmm on Sep 9, 2010 - 8 answers

Apple flambe!

Asking for a friend: What is the best cooling station for a Macbook (13", not Pro)? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Aug 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Where's the air conditioner go?

Bush league air conditioner -- a block of ice and a box fan. Where does the ice go for maximum efficiency? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Jul 10, 2010 - 13 answers

How can I cool my apartment?

How can I keep my apartment cool? And what are my landlord's responsibilities in maintaining my air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by titus n. owl on Jul 9, 2010 - 7 answers

No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater... than central air

My air conditioner has stopped...conditioning. I live in a condo on the north side of Chicago in an old conversion building. The furnace in my mechanical closet hooks to a AC unit on the roof, and for the last few days, it's been running full blast and can barely keep my unit below 80 degrees. I checked on the roof unit, and the fan is blowing cool air out. At this point, I'm pretty sure I need to call in a HVAC guy, but even the best reviewed places on Yelp are combinations of THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY LIFE and OMG SO OVERCHARGED. So, mefi, what do you recommend? If anyone here has any expertise in the field, I'd love to know whether you think this is something simple like a coolant recharge, or I'm looking at a new AC unit. My best guess is that the AC is about 5 years old, give or take.
posted by Oktober on Jun 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Tri-Level HVAC

My part of the house is never comfortable! Help us with our tri-level home heating/cooling issues. [more inside]
posted by thorny on May 25, 2010 - 5 answers

Cooling a large room

What are some ways, other than air conditioning, to cool a large room (~6,000 square feet)? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on May 25, 2010 - 16 answers

Fridge cooling woes

We just moved into a new apartment, and our cat promptly decided to hide behind the fridge (~20 year old Inglis System 2000, freezer on top). When we pulled it out from the wall to get her out, we decided to give the back a vacuum. I'm not sure when or how the condenser coils popped out like this but now they won't lie flush with the back again. I'm assuming this is why our freezer is no longer freezing and our food has thawed (as we just moved in, we had nothing in the fridge). Any ideas? Thanks in advance?
posted by avocet on May 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me understand which home A/C unit to purchase!

Help me understand which home A/C unit to purchase! Our 27 year-old a/c unit failed in out house, blowing out it's 3rd motor in as many years. We've decided it's time to finally get a new one. We've gotten several bids from local companies are simply quite confused. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on May 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Reusing salvaged PC fans for the connector-challenged

Firstly, I apologize for asking about computer cooling, as I'm sure there are tons of questions about it, but my problem is with the specifics. The fans in my gaming computer have been running much more lately, probably due to the warmer weather making my room quite hot. (My current fans are adequate, the computer's never been above 128f, they're just loud and high-pitched) I salvaged 2 fans from older Dell desktops, but I'm pretty clueless about the many types of connectors involved. It looks like I'll be buying a fan controller, but first I need to know what connectors it needs to have. In addition, I want to make sure that the added fans won't be too much for my power supply In short, can you please give me advice on the best way to cool my computer, preferably with the fans I already have? [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 on Apr 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me undestand this Cacti graph re: cooling & thermal sensors

Trying to figure out if I'm cool with my computer's cooling. What does this Cacti graph mean? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Dec 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Installing geo thermal in an old house with boiler?

Installing geo thermal in an old house with boiler? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands on Sep 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Would hanging a wet sheet somewhere in the room help?

Another West Coast heat wave question. Beside eating ice cream and drinking ouzo straight from the freezer, what are some good ways to cool down? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jul 28, 2009 - 34 answers

How can I find the best rebates for home heating/cooling?

Replacing the AC and furnace -- is now the time to buy? Tell me what you know about rebates! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jul 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Will closing all but one vent in an apartment with central air cause leaks in the duct work?

Will closing all but one vent in an apartment with central air cause leaks in the duct work (I mean, there are flaps on the vents for a reason, right?)? [more inside]
posted by weakcore on Jul 17, 2009 - 9 answers

How can I cool my laptop?

How can I get a 12v fan to run off of a USB port? Alternately, how can I make my laptop not overheat and die? [more inside]
posted by Chionophilia on Jul 9, 2009 - 10 answers

Does attic ventilation = more efficient air conditioning?

Is leaving the windows in my attic cracked beneficial for keeping my air conditioning bill low? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick on Jun 22, 2009 - 4 answers

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