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    Default Is Instachill worth buying or is there a better alternative?

    I phoned the Instachill 0800 number after watching their TV ad several times. Looks like one Instachill machine costs $550. I want to cool down my rooms in the coming hot 🥵 summer days which are about one month away.

    Looked up a similar machine on the Bunnings website which shows its price as $340.

    Then had a look around for air cooling hacks on the Net and found this: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Easy...-Water-Bottles

    Looks like this third option would be cheapest after a bit of tinkering to make sure the third option works well.

    Any new suggestions from this forum on chilling air without air conditioners would be welcome.

    Thanks in advance,
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    Default Re: Is Instachill worth buying or is there a better alternative?

    The inlaws brought one of those, while it did cool, it was also quite noisy, to the point of if listening to TV in the same room you had to increase the volume.

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    Default Re: Is Instachill worth buying or is there a better alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by barryk View Post
    I phoned the Instachill 0800 number after watching their TV ad several times.
    Avoid.
    If you really want one, buy elsewhere and not their one.

    I went for an interview with TV Shop once....fit of madness really...
    I walked out....it was shocking.
    I could list their devious behaviour but google some reviews of their products and that will give you an idea.
    Ex-pctek

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    Default Re: Is Instachill worth buying or is there a better alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by barryk View Post

    Then had a look around for air cooling hacks on the Net and found this: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Easy...-Water-Bottles

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    another internet DIY is using Dry Ice in a bucket with fan to cool the room
    I kid. Dont do that . It fills your room with CO2

    A few weeks back Farmers had a cheap portable aircon , $350
    Thats an option.
    portable aircons do cool a small room , but are very noisy & ridiculously inefficient.
    I used to use a portable air con on a timer to cool my bedroom on hot humid nights so I could get to sleep .

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    Default Re: Is Instachill worth buying or is there a better alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by barryk View Post
    I phoned the Instachill 0800 number after watching their TV ad several times. Looks like one Instachill machine costs $550. I want to cool down my rooms in the coming hot �� summer days which are about one month away.

    Looked up a similar machine on the Bunnings website which shows its price as $340.

    Then had a look around for air cooling hacks on the Net and found this: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Easy...-Water-Bottles

    Looks like this third option would be cheapest after a bit of tinkering to make sure the third option works well.

    Any new suggestions from this forum on chilling air without air conditioners would be welcome.

    Thanks in advance,
    Barry.
    basically evaporator type coolers do not work in most of nz. thats because we are to humid.
    they really only work in hot DRY countries.

    best option, install a heat pump. running costs is not much.
    2nd best is portable heatpump which cost more to run.

    freezing bottles is a bit bogus. way to small to have any real meaningful effect. it will make you keep cool for a short time but will not cool the house at all.
    in fact it will heat your house UP a tad. a freezer take heat out of the water but puts into the air in the house. the more you run the freezer the hotter the house gets.
    Tweak it till it breaks

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    Default Re: Is Instachill worth buying or is there a better alternative?

    Yep swamp coolers as they are known (evaporative coolers) do work in some parts of NZ. We have one that is now surplus but living in a tiny house for 2 years it was worth its weight. 27C inside and outside but after half hour managed to get the inside to a respectable 23C

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    Default Re: Is Instachill worth buying or is there a better alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by tweak'e View Post
    basically evaporator type coolers do not work in most of nz. thats because we are to humid.
    they really only work in hot DRY countries.
    Most? The Northern part, Waikato and up is humid.......even possibly Taupo and up, but most isn't.
    I heard people complain about it last year here...humid, what humid I thought. They have no idea.

    Humid is when it stays sticky all night, humid is when your car vents leak mist, humids is when the windscreen mists up, all of which we got regularly in Auckland.

    Here it is hotter for sure, but it isn't humid.
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    Default Re: Is Instachill worth buying or is there a better alternative?

    Do evaporative coolers fill the air up with water ? if so would that run the risk of increased dampness & mould ?
    Im just wondering how they work, what the process that drops the temp .

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    Default Re: Is Instachill worth buying or is there a better alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Most? The Northern part, Waikato and up is humid.......even possibly Taupo and up, but most isn't.
    I heard people complain about it last year here...humid, what humid I thought. They have no idea.

    Humid is when it stays sticky all night, humid is when your car vents leak mist, humids is when the windscreen mists up, all of which we got regularly in Auckland.

    Here it is hotter for sure, but it isn't humid.
    Let's use scientific facts which Trump apparently doesn't like. Humidity is the concentration of water vapor present in the air. Humidity cannot be more than 100%.

    Wikipedia has this article on humidity: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humidity .

    My humidity meter is, unfortunately broken. My thermometer is still working.

    I'm living here in Auckland which is certainly more humid in the summer than Dunedin where I lived for two decades. It's definitely more dry, colder and less rainy in Dunny.

    Now, here's my opinion, which isn't necessarily fact :-)

    Air can't hold more than 100% humidity, which is the maximum amount of water that air can hold.

    I think the sticky bit piroska refers to is when the water molecules (i.e. H2O) can't stay in the air but instead stick to human skin or surfaces.

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    Default Re: Is Instachill worth buying or is there a better alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Avoid.
    If you really want one, buy elsewhere and not their one.

    I went for an interview with TV Shop once....fit of madness really...
    I walked out....it was shocking.
    I could list their devious behaviour but google some reviews of their products and that will give you an idea.
    That's interesting. I won't be buying Instachill from TV Shop.

    I'll be trying to find something that is effective in cooling down a room in the hot and humid Auckland days without too much expense and hassle. Maybe a ceiling fan or cooling option of a heat pump?

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