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xx   HOUSE

Evaporation cooling, an inexpensive form of air conditioning. A surplus squirrel-cage blower pulls hot air over paint rollers soaking in water. This causes the water to evaporate into the air and lower the ambiant temperature. Cooler air is then exhausted from this evaporative type of "air conditioner". Adding a sunbowl heater element can convert it into a heater for winter use.

How to buy a central air conditioning system for your home.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Apr 1972 (v.50#4) pg. 72

How to keep cool for less. Tips on how to keep indoor temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below outdoor temperatures without an air conditioner. A look at what ventilating fans, air conditioning and insulation can do to improve home comfort.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1974 (v.52#6) pg. 44

Air conditioner camouflage unit is a bookshelf with plastic grating between the shelves above and below the air conditioner.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Apr 1979 (v.57#4) pg. 179

How to choose a central air conditioner.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Apr 1980 (v.58#4) pg. 85

Tip: Insulate your window air conditoner with pieces of foam insulation during the winter.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Oct 1982 (v.60#10) pg. 86

Air conditioners. A look at types of units available and how they work, desirable features, and installation.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1981 (v.4#9) pg. 12

Cooling down the house. Guidelines to determine if you need a high efficiency air conditioner.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1987 (v.10#9) pg. 39

Installing an air conditioner in a concrete wall.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #80 Jun 1964 (v.14#3) pg. 38

How to relieve the space pinch in your house. Part 4. (1) Doorway framing, (2) hanging an accordion-fold door, (3) through-the-wall installation of an air conditioner, (4) insulating and paneling, (5) installing a suspended ceiling and (6) laying self-adhesive carpet tiles.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #126 Apr 1971 (v.21#4) pg. 42

Landscaping tips that help conceal the exterior condensor unit of the home air conditioner.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #127 Jun 1971 (v.21#5) pg. 48

How to install a central air conditioning unit for your home. Photos show step-by-step installation of a system specifically designed for do-it-yourself installation. Includes guidelines for determining your home's cooling needs.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #181 May-Jun 1977 (v.27#4) pg. 14

How to install a through-the-wall air conditioner.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #199 May-Jun 1979 (v.29#5) pg. 64

How to control the sun. Heat controlling concepts to keep your house cool in the summer with less energy consumption.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #209 May-Jun 1980 (v.30#5) pg. 81

How to install a central air conditioner.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #258 Apr 1985 (v.35#4) pg. 57

Six tips that cut air conditioning bills in half.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #260 Jul-Aug 1985 (v.35#6) pg. 102

Wordless Workshop suggests how to build a decorative lattice cover for an air conditioner's outdoor coil unit.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #316 Mar 1991 (v.41#3) pg. 88

Removable sections of picket fencing are used to conceal an air conditioning cooling coil.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #388 May 1998 (v.48#5) pg. 119

Tips on using vapor barriers and insulation to prevent air conditioning ducts from condensing out water vapor when they run through a crawl space.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #15 Jun-Jul 1983 pg. 14

Tip on installing antivibration padding on a rooftop-mounted air-conditioning unit.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #111 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 20

A comparative report on high-efficiency room air conditioners.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Jun 1978 (v.186#6) pg. 152

Basic considerations when replacing a furnace, central air conditioner or water heater.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Apr 1987 (v.204#4) pg. 218

Compressor protector. Timer prevents an air conditioning compressor (or a refrigerator or freezer compressor) from re-starting within 5 minutes of a power failure or brownout. This helps protect the compressor motor from burning out. Est. cost: $22.
HANDS-ON ELECTRONICS Jul-Aug 1986 (v.3#4) pg. 89

Fifty-five ways to cut air conditioning costs.
HANDY ANDY Apr 1978 (v.2#7) pg. 14

How to air condition a ductless house.
HANDY ANDY Apr 1979 (v.3#7) pg. 47

Tips on cooling your home with one big room air conditioner.
HANDY ANDY May 1979 (v.3#8) pg. 62

How to install a through-the-wall air conditioner.
HANDY ANDY Jul 1979 (v.3#9) pg. 50

Tip: Use water cooling to keep a west-window air conditioner from overheating.
HANDY ANDY Mar 1981 (v.5#6) pg. 66

Size your air conditioner to save money by using this "cooling load estimate" form for room air conditioners.
HOME MECHANIX #686 Jun 1985 (v.81) pg. 96

Tips on cutting a hole in the wall of a wood-frame house and installing a room air conditioner.
HOME MECHANIX #736 Aug 1989 (v.85) pg. 83

Tip on using a window air conditioner plumbed into your furnace return-air duct to form a "central" air conditioner.
HOME MECHANIX #744 Apr 1990 (v.86) pg. 100
Added Info HOME MECHANIX #746 Jun 1990 (v.86) pg. 6

Steps to make an air conditioner work more efficiently.
HOME MECHANIX #806 Jun 1996 (v.92) pg. 73

How to improve air conditioner efficiency.
HOMEOWNER Jun 1984 (v.9#5) pg. 64

Keeping your cool. Cost-saving ways to cool your house in addition to electric air conditioning.
HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1988 (v.13#6) pg. 24

Buyer's guide to central air conditioners. How to determine if central air is better for your house than separate room units.
HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1989 (v.14#6) pg. 50

Tips from a professional on how to reduce the cost of air conditioning and increase the life of air conditioning equipment.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #1 Spring 1976 (v.1#1) pg. 59

How to install a central air conditioning system that is designed for do-it-yourself installation in conjunction with a forced air heating system.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #5 Spring 1977 (v.2#1) pg. 102

Tips given on how to ease the strain on a window air conditioner during the hottest days of the year.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #6 Summer 1977 (v.2#2) pg. 36

Computer program will calculate the required size air conditioner (in BTU's) which you need to air condition your home. It takes into account heating devices, people, windows, local climate, etc. Written in BASIC.

Installing a through-the-wall air conditioner.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #434 Jul 1964 (v.60) pg. 83

Install your own central air conditioning.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #447 Aug 1965 (v.61) pg. 82

Plywood platform attaches to the outside sill of a window to support a window air conditioner. Simplifies do-it-yourself installation.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #529 Jun 1972 (v.68) pg. 104

How to get by with minimum air conditioning. Operating tips to keep your electric bills down.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #553 Jun 1974 (v.70) pg. 32

How to install a central air conditioning unit on your forced air furnace.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #575 Apr 1976 (v.72) pg. 58

Forty ways to cool your house this summer and save money in the process.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #625 Jun 1980 (v.76) pg. 56

Usable heat from an air conditioner. Tips on installing the General Electric Hot Water Bank heat exchanger to help heat your water with waste heat from your air conditioner condensor.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #649 Jun 1982 (v.78) pg. 66

Air-conditioner protection circuit. Prevents motor burnout resulting from momentary power interruption. Designed for 115-volt window units requiring 12 to 20 amperes of current.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Jun 1986 (v.3#6) pg. 20

A fan-delay timer for air conditioning. Save on cooling costs by purging cool air trapped in an air-conditioning system when the compressor stops. Est. cost: $18.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Jul 1986 (v.3#7) pg. 34
Correction MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Dec 1986 (v.3#12) pg. 5

Air conditioner protector prevents compressor damage due to brownouts or blackouts, and also boosts operating efficiency up to 15%. Est. cost: $49.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Mar 1989 (v.6#3) pg. 57

Energy-efficient home cooling. How to fine tune your air conditioner for greatest efficiency, plus some alternatives to air conditioning to cool a home in the summer.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #51 May-Jun 1978 pg. 108

Air-conditioning guide. These worksheets can help trim your cooling costs. A computerized version of the worksheet, written in BASIC, is also included.
NEW SHELTER Jul-Aug 1984 (v.5#6) pg. 40, 60

Simple, inexpensive improvements to help cool a house.
NEW SHELTER Feb 1985 (v.6#2) pg. 111

A guide to finding and operating the best high-efficiency air conditioners. Both central systems and room air conditioners are considered.
NEW SHELTER Jul-Aug 1986 (v.7#6) pg. 77

Tip: Install an air conditioner in a fireplace for summer use, then remove it for winter use of the fireplace.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1977 (v.5#8) pg. 92

Cold comfort. A guide to installing mini-duct air conditioning in an old house.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1997 (v.25#4) pg. 40

Tip: How to save energy and improve the efficiency of air conditioning units by planting sunflowers around the concrete slab that the outside unit sits on.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jul 1979 (v.26#7) pg. 20

How evaporative cooling systems work, plus tips on installation and maintenance.
PARENTS HOME Jul 1981 (v.5#9) pg. 41

Compressor guard device. Protect air conditioner, refrigerator and freezer motors from damage during power blackouts or brownouts. This timing device will not allow the electric motors in compressors to restart until 4.5 minutes have elapsed. This gives the system pressures time to equalize.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Jun 1978 (v.13#6) pg. 41

Build the compressor-mate. Prevent the compressors found in refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners from restarting for 5-minutes following a power outage.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Aug 1991 (v.8#8) pg. 35

Central control for non-central (window) air conditioning units utilizes X-10 remote-control devices.
POPULAR HOME AUTOMATION Nov 1999 (v.4#6) pg. 54

How to install a window air conditioner through a hole in an outside wall. That way, you can still choose between using the conditioner or just opening the window.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1974 (v.141#4) pg. 168

How to keep cool for less money. Tips to reduce heat build-up in your house and lower cooling costs.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1974 (v.141#6) pg. 116

How to install a room air conditioner through the outside wall of a room.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1977 (v.147#4) pg. 114

Insulated wooden box covers window air conditioner during the winter.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1980 (v.154#5) pg. 196

How to install a room air conditioner through the wall.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1983 (v.160#1) pg. 138

Air conditioners. How they work and how to buy one. Both room and central units are discussed.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1987 (v.164#6) pg. 138

Installing a through-the-wall air conditioner.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1992 (v.169#8) pg. 67

Central air conditioning. An equipment overview, how systems work, air conditioner maintenance, etc.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1998 (v.175#8) pg. 102

A protective enclosure for a window air conditioner for winter.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1965 (v.186#5) pg. 163

Home improvement article discusses the choice of air conditioning for your home.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1966 (v.188#5) pg. 88

Plastic film duct work turns a window air conditioner into a central unit by directing airflow through forced air furnace.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1966 (v.189#2) pg. 132

Decorative whatnot shelf conceals the inside portion of a window air conditioner.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1968 (v.192#2) pg. 140

Tips on selecting, installing and maintaining a room air conditioner.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1968 (v.192#6) pg. 144

Tips on cooling your house with one high-BTU window air conditioner.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1971 (v.198#5) pg. 92

New ways to cut cooling costs. How to get the most for your air conditioning dollar. New equipment and maintenance tips.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1975 (v.206#5) pg. 112

How one man uses the heat output from an air conditioning system to heat the water for his household needs. Est. cost: $200.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1975 (v.207#4) pg. 125

Oversized condensing coil attached to a house air conditioning system is cooled by passing swimming pool water over the coil. In this way, the pool water is heated as the house is cooled. Est. cost: $150.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1978 (v.212#5) pg. 24

Use the exhaust heat from a built-in air conditioning system to heat hot water for a household of 4 people. Will provide a 40-degree rise in temperature as the water flows through the heat exchanger. Est. cost: $150.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1978 (v.213#4) pg. 38

Add ceiling-level cold air return ducts to improve your air conditioning system.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1985 (v.226#4) pg. 112

Energy miser for air conditioners. Build this device to control the cycling time of your central air-conditioning system. Designed for 24-volt DC control systems. Est. cost: $30.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jul 1984 (v.55#7) pg. 43

Decorative folding screen to conceal air conditioner and deflect its cool air away from beds, etc.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS May 1966 (v.37#5) pg. 60

How to buy window air conditioners.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Jun 1971 (v.42#6) pg. 64

Buyer's guide to choosing an energy-efficient window air conditioner.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Fall 1980 pg. 52

How to cool your home and still save energy.
SUNSET Jul 1980 (v.165#1) pg. 68

Tip: Conceal a thru-the-wall air conditioner with a fabric wall hanging when the unit is not in use.
SUNSET May 1982 (v.168#5) pg. 156

Cooling trends. Advice on selecting and installing a window air conditioner.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #825 May 1998 (v.94) pg. 46

Tips on installing your own central air conditioner.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1969 (v.25#2) pg. 22

How to install a central home air conditioner.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1971 (v.27#2) pg. 8