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    The ac did not work

    I got a small ac unit from walmart last night and really did not have enough time to put it in the window so I just put it on a stand. Well it's on highest setting and it's not cooling anything down. There is cold air coming out of it but it's just not cooling the room down. It went down to 68. I can get 62 maybe with just putting ice packs by the plants. So what could the problem be? Does it need to be in the window with the back outside? I'm putting it in the window tomorrow. Next idea is to put in under the shelf with the plants because it blows up. Is it even safe to put on the ground in that way? This sucks because I have the perfect highland, if not ultra highland conditions in the winter. But it's summer and not so perfect. Is there anyone else who has an ac running for their plants?

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    Air conditioning does not "make cool air" it removes heat. Just like if you put a fridge in an air tight, room, left the doors open, it wouldn't get cool in the room either. Because a fridge separates warm air from cool air (that's why you feel the warm air coming out the bottom of the fridge when you stand close and it is running.) So install the unit in the window so the hot air it removes from the room air can be put outside, and the room will get cooler.
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    Doh!!! LMAO! Or check into a Mr Slim ductless AC unit.
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    Now I feel real dumb.

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    That ductless AC unit isn't ductless as in no exhaust... It still requires a 3" to outside (like most "portable" AC units do) I think ductless means no ducting throughout the house (since it only does a room so isn't it like a window unit through the wall? LOL)
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    edit- Oh that "ductless" thing does 2 or 3 rooms... but the part that expels the heat is outside, so you need a 3" hole going to each inside unit... but without ducts to each room since a unit is in each room... Odd LOL
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    We use the Mr Slim units all over the place at the university. They are very good at cooling rooms without windows, or to keep the window from having a bulky / tacky AC unit stuck in them. (Some windows can't even open)

    Mr. Slims come in 1 to 3 zone units, but still have a compressor that remains outside and usually have to be within 30 feet of each zone.

    Also some units can work in reverse and act as a heat pump in the winter.
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    I honestly think if I was going to cool a room.. I'd go with a portable one. I don't like them being int he window, and I like the idea of being able to move it around the problem though, is having to drain the condensation pan.. while window units just drip outside.
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    I was going to go for portable but I did not want to pay 500 for it. So tonight the ac will be in the window and maybe have better success.

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