B&Q half-price air conditioning sale

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PaulD
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Hi
During last summer's heatwave I had the luck to be able to work in an air-conditioned editing room, which was hugely convenient. ;)
This year I have had no such equipment fitted, so I've had my eye out for a portable air-con unit in case temperatures soared such as to endanger my edit equipment.
As this summer was wet rather than hot I didn't buy any of the £169-£199 units on offer locally.

But B&Q are dumping all their stock off at 50% off or less, so I just bought a 9,000 BTU unit for £80 ;)
http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav/nav.jsp?action=detail&fh_secondid=9333257&fh_start_index=12&fh_eds=ß&fh_location=%2f%2fcatalog01%2fen_GB%2fcategories%3c%7b10096%7d%2fcategories%3c%7b10098%7d&fh_refview=lister&ts=1189353937311&isSearch=false

Its probably too noisy for continual use during editing, but it certainly chucks out a lovely coolness, and at its low-speed fan setting I'd rather suffer the noise than fear for equipment melt-down...
Its quite big, but there are smaller 7,000 BTU ones for the same sort of price in my local B&Q.

branny
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Joined: Nov 6 2001

I had a portable one but found it too noisy. Nice to cool the edit room while having a break, but the noise seriously breaks the concentration. Now got a roof mounted convertor and ceiling mounted room blower, which is ultra quiet. This sustains the temperature at whatever is set. Highly recommended.
p.s. Cheap portable air con unit for sale!

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ChrisG
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Joined: Apr 10 1999

Are these true A/C with refrigerant or just the sort that use water to create "damp" cool air - ? I see they have a hose attached.

PaulD
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Joined: Aug 31 2002

Hi
Proper air con, with a compresssor/heat-exchanger. Wick-and-water ones are useless...
I agree with Branny, proper fitted ones are better - but the installation engineer will charge more than £80... ;)

Bob Aldis
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Joined: Mar 7 2001

Brought a proper one from Spain about 2 years ago, inside and outside units, Carrefoure, I think their own brand. Doesn't seem available in France. The price was about £110, but my friend who we were visiting says that they go down a lot during sales.

Easy to fit, but a lot easier if you can understand the Spanish instructions. It completely filled our boot and getting it home and fitting it was quite and adventure, but at the time the cheapest equivalent was the Sainsbury's at about £600.

It keeps the conservatory cool or warm when we occasionally use it but the real reason we bought it was for stopping condensation. Haven't had to use it this summer :(

BobA

Bob Aldis