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We’re in the dog days of summer throughout the country. Georgia was in the 90’s for much of last week and that’s not even incorporating the feel of the humidity. If you don’t have air conditioning in your shop, it’s likely that you haven’t been working on any projects for the past few days due to the hot weather.

This month, Bob Rummer discusses temperature management in the shop, and in this month’s poll we want to know how do you stay cool in your shop?

  7 Responses to “August 2021 Woodworking Poll: How Do You Stay Cool in Your Workshop?”

  1. In Southern Alberta, Canada the air temp often cools in the evening from daytime highs of 33C to 15C overnight so I open the 2 overhead doors 8″ after dark & that holds my garage at 19-22C until 3:00pm when the sun hits the overhead doors. I’ll turn on my portable AC at that time when I am back from work & the garage will stay at 21-22C for the rest of the evening. Cost to run it for 5 hours @ 1.25kWh @ $.15/kWh = $.94/day. But I have 48 solar panels which will operate the AC until about 6:30pm so about half the cost is solar supplied.

  2. I moved to Houston from NY 2 years ago. The heat and humidity easily outweighed the cold of New York Winters. It’s easier to warm up than it is to cool down. I tried working in the early hours, but that didn’t make things better. Finally gave up and stopped working during the “summer” months except that summers in Texas are ten months long.
    I raided my savings and had a mini-split installed. Also insulated the garage door. What a difference, and now I can make tons of sawdust in comfort.

  3. I moved to Houston from NY 2 years ago. The heat and humidity easily outweighed the cold of New York Winters. It’s easier to warm up than it is to cool down. I tried working in the early hours, but that didn’t make things better. Finally gave up and stopped working during the “summer” months except that summers in Texas are ten months long.
    I raided my savings and had a mini-split installed. Also insulated the garage door. What a difference, and now I can make tons of sawdust in comfort.

  4. Mitsubishi Minisplit provides heat in winter, AC in summer, works great.

  5. I enjoy woodworking anytime of year. I have a window a.c. unit that I cut on a while before I go to work. In the winter I do the same with with a portable heater. I have a small shop but have built from large to small projects. Any project is usually fun to build even when done for over 65 years. It gives one a sense of accomplishment and those you give it to usually appreciates it. Woodworking is a good hobby to get into.

  6. Gotta make chips,to make$$

  7. yes, i also Gotta make chips,to make$$

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