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Get Green! This group is for those who are building (or have built) a "Green" log home using sustainable methods such as solar, wind, and geothermal energy. Also we will be discussing getting back to nature, organic gardening, and other topics.

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Latest Activity: Nov 3, 2015

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Inexpensive Ideas for air freshners for the house! 11 Replies

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Comment by Rose Glenn on April 5, 2009 at 11:22am
Quick question for those who may know. We just purchased a little rental house, and found out that it was hooked up to an old (1970's era) glycol-type solar hot water system. Seems the previous owners didn't like the bulky collection system on the roof and removed it. There are two huge water storage tanks in the basement, and I'd like to get it up and running again, if possible. Do any of you "solar geniuses" out there have any ideas for me? Thanks!
Comment by Rose Glenn on April 5, 2009 at 11:20am
Thanks, Kelly! It's definitely a work in progress. Welcome to the group! ( :
Comment by Kelly on April 4, 2009 at 8:41pm
Hi Rose Glenn,

What a great web site you have!!!!

Kelly
Comment by Greg Beck on April 3, 2009 at 2:24am
try this one guy's its called a kvar energy saver, it's hard to beat up
Comment by Rose Glenn on March 31, 2009 at 9:34am
Glenn V. brings up a good point. Perhaps any sort of humidifier, whether it be an evaporative cooler or mister of some sort, may be a very bad idea in a log home. Think about it: moist air inside, dry air outside. Can't imagine what that would do to a full log! (Freak it out??)
Comment by Glenn V on March 31, 2009 at 9:00am
I really like that show living with Ed but I rarely get to see it. One episode they installed a light tube in their inside bathroom and it was really impressive the amount of light it added so you didn't have to turn on an electric light. It is also funny him "competing" with Jay Leno and the science guy and what his wife has to put up with.
Comment by Glenn V on March 31, 2009 at 8:39am
There would be no need to treat the water because Legionaires was from standing water in which there would be no standing water that could be trapped inside the outside unit. The mister would be to cool the air that is used to cool the outside coils making it more efficient. If you have hard water it would probably plug the mister holes first before coating the coils with calcium. but Joe is right in that it wouldn't work unless in a dryer climate. Not sure if it would be a good idea close to a log home tho.
Comment by Joe on March 30, 2009 at 10:58pm
Right on Rose,
Just remember that Legionaires disease was traced to the cooling tower water used in the A/C systems. It definitely needs to be chemically treated to prevent dangerous bacteria from forming.
Keep cool.
Joe
Comment by Rose Glenn on March 30, 2009 at 8:03pm
We have a unit here in Colorado called a "Swamp Cooler" (better known as an "evaporative cooler") that makes me think of your mister idea. Joe, you are totally correct: in a dry state, like we have here in Colorado, those things are awesome. I wouldn't even attempt to use something like that anywhere where there is humidity, even in a small amount. Evaporative coolers are a much better plan than A/C units here since they recirculate the water (have to watch for mold issues, tho) and can be thermostatically controlled. They can be wall, window, or roof-mounted for a variety of cooling uses. One unit would cool our entire 4,000 s.f. house to a comfortable level, even on a 100 degree day!
Comment by Joe on March 30, 2009 at 7:45pm
Greg,
I have a decent amount of experience with these misters, so for what it is worth. If you are in a high humidity state the end result of the misters is you will get a shower. They work by evaporating the water into the air and taking the heat out as part of this cycle. If it's humid they don't evaporate anything and woman hate what they do to their hair. If you are in a dry state like Arizona they work good. The same problem would exist if you injected this in an air duct. If it doesn't evaporate you will get mold in your ducts or logs. I think 40% humidty is where they start to soak you.

I'm a little confused about spraying into incoming air for the A/C since you normally recycle the house air and don't pull in fresh air unless it is a really expensive system meeting new codes for air exchange.

If you spray untreated water or an A/C condensor outside to "cool it" you will shortly put a layer of chemicals out of the water on the tubes and cut their efficiency.

There is a lot on the internet about this water spraying process.

Joe, Sarasota
 

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