Six clicks: Ways to keep your tech, your home, and yourself cool

Six clicks: Ways to keep your tech, your home, and yourself cool

Summary: Trying not to overheat this summer? Here is some (literally) cool tech for you.

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  • Big Ass Smart Ceiling Fans

    Looking to efficiently circulate air in a large space in your home or business? Big Ass Fans has the answer, with their Haiku and Isis designs ($1000+)

    What makes these fans different and worth the money? Regular old ceiling fans have blades. Big Ass Fans have airfoils, designed like aircraft wings, which are aerodynamically inspired to maximize air velocities and stabilize air movement. This makes them far more efficient as air movers than conventional fans. 

    And of course, like the other smart devices in this gallery, it's got an app.

  • Frigo Underwear

    Let's face it: Men's underwear can be downright stuffy during the summer. Frigo, a company that sports soon to be ex-Yankee Derek Jeter as one of its investors, has your solution. This high-tech ($30-$100) undergarment, which comes to you via the inventor of the Tempur-Pedic mattress, uses breathable micro-fiber mesh "zones" to keep your "package" nice and cool. 

  • Veskimo Personal Microclimate Cooling Vest

    Designed for motorcyclists and for people that have to work in hot conditions, this water cooled vest by Veskimo ($400) is similar to the systems that are used to keep astronauts from overheating in their space suits. 

    The vest comes with a battery-powered or 12-volt pump with an external pack (which can be backpack- or externally-mounted) filled with frozen water bottles. Chilled water from the pack is circulated by the pump thoughout the vest in order to keep core tempertures low for as long as six hours at a time, even in 100+ degree outdoor tempertures.

Topic: Innovation

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  • "package" must be kept cool at all times.

    Thanks for the tip, I must try that Frigo Underwear :-)
    Owl:Net
  • Nest was definitely not the first

    Honeywell was the first to do learning thermostats by a long shot. When I finally replaced my ancient system a few years ago, it had a Honeywell Chronotherm III with adaptive setback. That's what the lawsuits were about when Nest ripped it off. Here's the manual from 1992 that describes how it worked. I'm sure there's still a lot of them in service today but my new system needed multistage and dual fuel support so it was updated to the latest Honeywell touch screen.

    https://customer.honeywell.com/resources/techlit/TechLitDocuments/69-0000s/69-0690.pdf
    Buster Friendly
  • At the speeds ceiling fans operate...

    ANY shape is aerodynamic...

    It won't matter what the actual shape is - simple blades work just as well as the expensive, over designed "airfoils"...
    jessepollard
  • Geothermal

    Geothermal systems have been around for quite a while, but seem impractical in cities where the back yard is deinitely not accessible to a drill rig. In my back yard ~10 ft x 40 ft with a City storm sewer running through it it would definitely not be possible and with my 30 year old Oak tree in front, I would not want anything damaging it. To me it would seem more practical to those with land and or new construction situations. The concept is good.
    I will not spend 200-300 dollars for a thermostat, no matter what it does. We have a perfectly good one that cost 30-40 several years ago, and we don't use all of its capabilites.
    What might be better would be a small windpower unit (not a big bladed thing, but one of the more efficient ones that takes up a lot less space) to power the household.
    dhays
    • Cost is a big issue

      I know someone just had to replace a geothermal system and it came out to $30,000. That's quite a hit. My new system was about $8,000. That's going to be a negative on your house value as people have to consider that maintenance cost.
      Buster Friendly