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Breezes, how do they work?

Please explain to me how to maximize natural ventilation in my house. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Jul 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Are there warm apartments in cold climates?

I live in the SF Bay area and I'm thinking about moving to colder climates at some point, but for various reasons I can't handle a cold ambient temperature inside my home, even if I bundle up. In colder areas (specifically New England and the Midwest), how easy/possible is it to find apartments that are well-heated (perhaps buildings with a whole-building radiator system?) or other situations where I can have a warm (68-70 degree) home without paying through the nose for utilities? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jul 2, 2014 - 49 answers

Buying a scratch & dent furnace from Florida and finding installation?

I intend to buy a scratch & dent furnace from these guys, even after shipping (100 dollars) It will be much cheaper than buying a new one. I want to find some heating/cooling company to install it for me.. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jun 14, 2014 - 8 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

How can I bake or make bread without using my oven during the summer?

Late last year a few friends and I started an informal bartering club. My contribution is baked goods, usually bread of some kind, but as the first heatwave of the season kicked in I realized I’m going to need an alternative to oven baking. Cooks and bakers of MeFi, hope me some bready recipes that I can make during red flag season. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 2, 2014 - 24 answers

what is the accuracy of heat exchanger modelling

i want to document in order, the merits of different methods of estimating performance for copper tube aluminium fin heat exchangers. ashrae standard documents the most valid methods of testing, basically with a primary method and 5 confirming methods. to do a paper study, there are many ways to go about it. what i want to do is review and collate these methods, as a background to the development testing my company does. however i don't want to do the legwork if there is already an analysis that covers the general structure and merits of the theoretical methods. is there anything out there that does the comparison for me?
posted by edtut on May 1, 2014 - 0 answers

How to deal diplomatically with zealous environmentalist landlady?

Mrs. HeroZero and I just moved into a lovely new Chicago apartment about two months ago. However, our landlady (who lives on the third floor of this three-flat apartment building) has passionate environmentalist feelings. Though we share many aspects of her politics, it's made certain aspects of living here difficult. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Apr 20, 2014 - 18 answers

Hot town, summer in the city

Looking for tips on making the best of summer in Washington, DC. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Apr 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Caring for steam-damaged art

A steam radiator valve fail on a cold day flooded my apartment with a hot steam cloud, and a couple pieces of framed art - photo prints on 200lb/300gsm paper - bathed in it enough to be showing some buckles as it dried out. The pictures are behind glass, and there's still a tiny bit of condensation back there with them. Any tips on caring for / restoring this steamed art?
posted by Haere on Jan 28, 2014 - 3 answers

How to hot yoga

I'm interested in trying a hot yoga class, but historically I've been one of those people that occasionally passes out from heat/humidity. Can (or should) I do this? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 20, 2014 - 27 answers

My beautiful new apartment is an oven: How can I keep it cool?

Just moved into a wonderful new apartment that the lady friend and I are in love with. Fantastic neighbors, perfect location, amazing view. Except that we face the lovely California sunshine and the temperature difference during the day can literally be 20 degrees or more. I work from home quite a bit and I've actually taken to working on the stoop because when its 65 outside, it can be 85-90 inside. What can we do to keep it cool? Deets inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jan 18, 2014 - 14 answers

It was (unfortunately, not such) a pleasure to burn

I left a non-stick pot on the stove with the burner on overnight -- is it safe to cook in it? [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. on Jan 8, 2014 - 22 answers

Help me McGuyver a radiator steam vent!

It wouldn't be Chiberia without a steam bath! Unfortunately, the steam bath is my bedroom. Help me figure out a temporary fix for a leaking radiator blow-off? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Jan 6, 2014 - 5 answers

My poor chickens are so cold!

How can I provide heat to my chicken coop, without an electricity source? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Jan 3, 2014 - 27 answers

How do ceramic infared heat bulbs work and are they safe to stare at?

I have a 150 watt ceramic infrared heat bulb similar to this one http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiCare-Ceramic-Infrared/dp/B0002AQCPK that I use next to my desk to help keep me warm. It produces no visible light, only heat. Sometimes I have the urge to stare at it, can it hurt my eyes from the infrared radiation, similar to how looking at a regular light bulb can hurt your eyes? I am also interested in how these bulbs work, and the type of infrared radiation they give off if someone can explain it to me.
posted by john123357 on Dec 17, 2013 - 16 answers

My apartment's radiators are loud and letting out steam. Is that normal?

We've just moved into a new place and it's now gotten cold enough to turn on the heat. Two of the radiators are really loud with air escaping, and often have visible steam coming out of the valve on the side. I've never seen radiators do this. Is this normal? Is this safe?
posted by msbrauer on Oct 31, 2013 - 9 answers

Hot water on mosquito bites gets rid of the itch. But how, exactly?

Dear life scientists! Please explain to me why hot water/heat makes mosquito bites stop itching. [more inside]
posted by ipsative on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Have I ruined the fancy champagne?

I bought three bottles of Veuve Clicquot. They are thank you gifts after a big project. One bottle went into the fridge to be shared out in person. The other two I left in a room to be sent home with two different individuals. The room was then sealed off for 8 off the hottest days of the year with no open windows or a/c. Oops. Have I ruined them? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Jul 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Running without turning into the wicked witch of the west

What are your best tips and tricks for making running outside bearable in hot, humid, urban-US-east-coast-summer weather? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jul 22, 2013 - 33 answers

Some like it hot

I'm trying to improve my husband's coffee experience with a birthday gift. His number one issue is that hot drinks get cold too quickly. He also doesn't totally love having two things to clean up (french press + coffee cup). So I thought I'd get him something nifty to solve these problems. Does anyone have recommendations? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jul 21, 2013 - 26 answers

Hose-cooling a dog?

It's super hot and my dog is getting old. Today I soaked her gently with cool hose water. (She doesn't love it but tolerates it well if I am gentle.) I figure it will help her cool off both as the water is running over her and later as the water evaporates. I am reading online that wet dog fur traps heat. What's the real story?
posted by Camofrog on Jul 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Why does my dog seem okay?

How long can a dog really stay in a parked car? I am new to dog ownership and thoughtless. Today I left my black lab in a parked car for 90 minutes in the sun and 80 degree temperatures with a bowl of water and the windows partly down. Again, no idea what I was thinking. I now understand even fifteen minutes of that was pretty much a death sentence and feel terrible -- except that he seems fine. Is he actually fine? If not, what should I do for him? If so, how did he survive? I won't do it again either way, but I want to know if I should treat him for heat damage and/or better understand what happened.
posted by michaelh on Jul 6, 2013 - 20 answers

Seven degrees up, please

On the book of Daniel chapter 3 -- when his friends were to be burnt on the fiery furnace -- Nabuchadnezzar commanded to have the furnace heated seven times hotter. Since at the time they didn't have a convenient dial to turn seven degrees up, what did they do to raise the temperature? [more inside]
posted by jgwong on Jul 1, 2013 - 12 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

staying cool on Kauai

We're traveling to Kauai next week, staying in Kekaha. I need some ideas for staying cool, especially at night. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jun 28, 2013 - 17 answers

Weigh in with your experiences.

Weighted blanket: good idea, or recipe for pickier sleep habits? This special snowflake travels a lot for work, has dust mite allergies, and dehydrates easily during sleep. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jun 20, 2013 - 6 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

Too hot to work

So, for the nth year in a row the air conditioning system in our office is busted. It's not even summer yet and it's already way too hot in here. I need some way of keeping cool and sane. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on May 21, 2013 - 33 answers

Similar music to the Heat soundtrack?

Asking for my husband: I just got the Heat soundtrack, and it is intense and moody. I am looking for other soundtracks, or actual albums, that fit that bill. Obviously Blade Runner, and I am imagining a lot of Friedkin films, but the mix of dark and strong is something I would like to hear more of.
posted by dogmom on Feb 28, 2013 - 17 answers

What is the best speed for a fan used with a wood stove?

Is heat transfer and room heating better with a low or high speed fan? [more inside]
posted by Leenie on Feb 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Venice vacation part deux: Is going in August a terrible idea?

For a variety of reasons, the second half of August is turning into a better time for us to take a vacation than October, as we had originally planned. We are hoping to go to Venice. We're OK with heat and humidity. Is there some other dealbreaker I'm not aware of? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Jan 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Why is my bathroom so cold?

Am I losing all my heat through a large glass block window? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jan 7, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I protect a new door from the sun?

Help me decide how to finish our new front door.... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Dec 29, 2012 - 8 answers

How to see America in July?

My friend who has never been to the US has four weeks for an epic road trip/vacation. The catch: it's in July. What are the must see sights that won't induce heatstroke? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Dec 5, 2012 - 33 answers

How to keep animal's water from freezing in winter without electricity?

I'd like to heat up a rock or piece of metal to drop in my chicken's water source to warm it up. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by cda on Nov 29, 2012 - 36 answers

Can I shut my upstairs heating vents?

Why are there forced air heating vents in the second floor of my small rowhouse? Won't the hot air just head upstairs and even it all out? [more inside]
posted by kinsey on Nov 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me be the best secret santa ever

Where can I (or can I?) order *one* heat changing coffee mug that displays one custom message when cold and another, slightly different custom message when filled with hot liquid? Google returns only "blank revealing custom image" mugs. Is this even possible? Maybe you can't put regular ink under changing ink? Screenprinting scientists: give me the scoop before I wear my googling fingers to the bone.
posted by lilnublet on Nov 12, 2012 - 11 answers

How to keep the house clean when my (spayed) dog's in heat?

My female dog goes into heat twice a year (although SHE IS SPAYED - there is a weird medical reason she still has a "cycle"). Any novel suggestions for keeping her from bleeding unmitigated? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune on Nov 11, 2012 - 18 answers

Cats without heat?

Will my cats be okay in an unheated NYC apartment until we get electricity restored? [more inside]
posted by milarepa on Nov 3, 2012 - 16 answers

Freezy Living

Post-Sandy, my house may not have heat for two weeks. What can I do to keep my kids warm at night? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Nov 2, 2012 - 42 answers

Is a hybrid water heater more efficient than oil?

Help me analytical-types! Do I upgrade my current water heater to the GE Geospring Hybrid for practically free?? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Oct 11, 2012 - 8 answers

What sort of mattress topper won't cause overheating in bed?

I need a mattress topper that will dampen the effect of my husband rolling over in bed without causing overheating. I like memory foam, but am worried it will be too hot, especially in summer. What would people recommend? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Sep 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Boilers boilers boilers

Can you tell me how to buy a boiler? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Flat too hot, what to do?

I rented an apartment in Bonn on very short notice, and it turned out to be a loft. When he weather was cold it was ok, but once it got to 85 degrees it became unliveable. Of course there is no ac, so me and my pregnant wife went to a hotel till it cools off. Is there anything we can do regarding the rent? Do you think it's reasonable for someone to rent out a loft without mentioning that it is one? If I can't sleep in the apartment and he offers no solution but a fan, is this ok somehow? I was referred to this guy through the institute we are visiting, so maybe the secretaries can make him pay if I have a case.
posted by Mai2k3 on Jul 27, 2012 - 16 answers

What makes a good wall in a garage?

What would you put up for the interior walls of your man cave in the garage? [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Jul 26, 2012 - 27 answers

How do I get through the day with two autoimmune diseases?

Within the last month, I've been diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders. I'm tired, everything hurts, and my life is pure insanity right now. What are your hacks for getting what you need when life simply isn't giving them to you? What about from the ones you love? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 1, 2012 - 27 answers

How to keep your loft bed cool when it's above your window A/C unit?

It's the classic New York summer conundrum. How do I keep my loft bed cool when it lies ABOVE my window unit air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by manzanita on May 29, 2012 - 20 answers

How can I better circulate air in my apartment?

How can I better circulate air in my apartment? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on May 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Tips for sleeping without the AC?

I want to attempt to sleep without turning on the air conditioning this summer, any lifehacking tips for training one's body to adapt to a 30°+ environment when sleeping? [more inside]
posted by querty on May 2, 2012 - 46 answers

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