[TriLUG] Slightly OT: Question about Home Office Cooling
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Mon Apr 19 17:36:31 EDT 2010
<sarcasm>Kick your wife out. If it comes down to it she'll
Adam A. Gregory
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On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 3:46 PM, Scott Chilcote <scottchilcote at earthlink.net
> Hello fellow LUGers,
> My home office room has either 2 or 3 systems running depending on whether
> my wife's here, and now that the weather's warming up it's getting too hot.
> The HVAC thermostat is in the hallway, and I've seen it get six degrees
> warmer in here than it is there. There's a ceiling fan, but it doesn't help
> much when the temperature gets into the upper 80s.
> I've used a window AC before, but the covenants for our neighborhood don't
> allow it. So that's out.
> I've thought about moving the largest computer to the basement, and using a
> KVM extender to display it in here. I still might do that, but I suspect
> I'll have to give something up. So far, I haven't seen a KVM extender that
> supports dual monitors, audio, and a 3-button mouse with scroll wheel.
> Still, I can work around that if I have to.
> Adding more cooling to the room would require a ductless split system
> (wonderful, but overkill for a small room and $$$$) or a portable room AC
> system. This last looks like a reasonable option, but since all of the
> machinery is indoors they can be quite loud. Not ideal for developing code.
> I suspect that a lot of TriLUGers have had to deal with the hot computer
> room at home situation. Is there a better way to cool down the room than
> I've listed?
> Also, if anyone's using a portable indoor AC that isn't especially loud,
> please let me know.
> The last window unit I had was pretty small, but when the compressor kicked
> in it made the whole wall thrum. I can live with fan noise, but that low
> pitched drone was distracting. I'm worried that a portable unit would be
> even louder.
> Thanks much!
> Scott C.
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