Cool under pressure

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (to the left there), you’ll already be ahead of the game here. This is a moment I’ve been waiting for. I have suffered through the cold of winter, and I eventually got a couple of heaters to help me get through the worst days. I have suffered for much longer through the brutal Atlanta summers. I would sweat on the work pieces. I would sweat everywhere. No more.

I am pretty flexible with the range of temperatures I can work in. Anything above around 40°F to 80°F works. The periphery of that temperature range is the beginnings of the uncomfortable range, however the lower end can be fixed with another layer. The higher end can only be fixed by staying cooler.

I had a choice between buying another fan, or finally investing in an air conditioner. As you can see from the featured image, I went with the latter. The other fan would be the hybrid version of the Ryobi One+ 18v. Hybrid, meaning it could run off battery or direct connection. It’s $40, and I may get one eventually anyway. I just wasn’t getting cool enough with the current fan, though. It was still blowing 80°+ air into my face, which wasn’t getting the job done. On Saturday, it had reached 80°F in the shop by noon. The time was now, I didn’t plan to spend another day in the shop being miserable from the air – I’d let my woodworking handle that.

I had planned to buy an A/C unit last year at this time, and just didn’t do it. I think it had something to do with not being able to spend as much time outside due to school. This year I just decided to bite the bullet. It’s nice, though, because my wife is telling me it is my Father’s Day present, so ultimately it is a gift. A very nice gift, as nice as any tool in the shop.

For my size shop, and even the slightly larger shop I (still) plan to build, a 5000 BTU unit is just fine. I could have gone with the cheapest model, but I went with a slightly more expensive one that can keep a certain temperature. In my testing, the indicated temp between the A/C and the display I have long had is about five degrees off. I have no idea which one is right. 73° on the A/C is about 78° on the indicator. Who knows.

It is a bit noisy, but I had no trouble watching a few videos with it running. I will have to take care to turn it off while I’m working with the bigger machinery, at least until I can get my outdoor electrical outlet situation taken care of and run two dedicated lines.

I only got to try it out for a couple hours, but it’s going to be a big upgrade during the warmest months.

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