Help keep your living environment cooler using evaporative cooling techniques.
Before the advent of air conditioning in hot climates, rural homes were often built with wide porches (porticos or decks). During the sweltering summer months, these porches were used for sleeping quarters. Screens attempted to keep biting bugs away. Hanging wet sheets over the screens and running a fan helped keep the relative temperature on the sleeping porch cooler than the surrounding hot air.
In less humid regions, a contraption known as a swamp cooler is used to cool homes. Mounted in a window, this machine draws air from the outside over wet pads and transfers the cooled air into the home. While this cooler may not reduce the temperature as modern air conditioning units, it does provide relief from the ambient heat.
MAKE YOUR OWN AIR CONDITIONER
In many areas, air conditioners are considered necessities. A broken air conditioner can be expensive to repair and even more expensive to replace. If you are looking for a way to avoid the expense of running your air conditioner, get by until you can have yours replaced, or if you are just looking for a way to cool the house without making a major purchase . . . THIS is the project for you!
You will need:
* A Styrofoam Cooler With Lid
* A Fan
* 1/4 inch Copper Tubing
* 2 Lengths of 1/4 inch Vinyl Tubing
* An Aquarium Water Pump
Click the video link below for instructions on how to create your own air conditioner (a GREAT educational experiment for the kids).