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  • #16
    I will follow up on my experience as well. I mentioned above that I had purchased a portable unit and at that time wasn't sure how well it would cool down my garage. After doing a few tests running hoses out the door, I bit the bullet and installed some vent holes in the wall. While the unit is pretty undersized for my garage, it does definitely help... I have it situated so the cool air blows across where I am typically standing while doing woodworking. Plus it seems to drop humidity down pretty quickly which makes things much more comfortable.

    As a side benefit that I wasn't expecting, the heat mode also works pretty well, especially on mild days. When it gets really cold here in MN I have to fire up my noisy, stinky Reddy Heater, but if it's in the 30s or especially the 40s, I can flip this unit on heat mode and it makes things comfortable. I also put it on when using the larger heater and it keeps that unit from cycling as much once things get up to temperature.

    As another side benefit, we have a pop-up camper which has no AC. If we go camping on an electric site when it's particularly hot/humid out I can bring this unit along.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by tfischer View Post
      I will follow up on my experience as well. I mentioned above that I had purchased a portable unit and at that time wasn't sure how well it would cool down my garage. After doing a few tests running hoses out the door, I bit the bullet and installed some vent holes in the wall. While the unit is pretty undersized for my garage, it does definitely help... I have it situated so the cool air blows across where I am typically standing while doing woodworking. Plus it seems to drop humidity down pretty quickly which makes things much more comfortable.

      As a side benefit that I wasn't expecting, the heat mode also works pretty well, especially on mild days. When it gets really cold here in MN I have to fire up my noisy, stinky Reddy Heater, but if it's in the 30s or especially the 40s, I can flip this unit on heat mode and it makes things comfortable. I also put it on when using the larger heater and it keeps that unit from cycling as much once things get up to temperature.

      As another side benefit, we have a pop-up camper which has no AC. If we go camping on an electric site when it's particularly hot/humid out I can bring this unit along.

      I know in the case of mine, I have to "help" the AC along by using fans in my garage workshop. It will drop the temps, but it takes a while, and like I said, I must run fans or it will only cool less than half of the garage, and usually not where I am working...
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      • #18
        Fans make cooling and heating more effective, in nearly every case. I use them judiciously in my home office, in our travel trailer (particularly for heat), and in the shop for both heat and swamp cooling. Oh yeah, I found a neat wall-mount fan that works great for the shop. It's up high out of the way on useless wall space behind the lathe. Put a remote on it with Homekit support, and it's part of the power-up routine when I say, "Hey Siri, it's shop time."

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