Well, actually, not a/c, but two of the biggest "swamp coolers" you've ever seen. About 5'x5'. On wheels. Drops the air temp about 15 degrees and moves a ton of air, really really big fans. Brought "the boys" in this morning, and in about 3 minutes they were hanging their heads out in the breeze, fast asleep.
The are made by a company called Polar Cool, they are commmercial models, and though they were about 3K each, I swear with the early heat and humidity, worth every dime.
Your husband sounds as good as mine. We already have great stall fans which help keep the horses cool (they hang out under their fans all day long and are cool as cucumbers even in this swelter).
But yesterday, DH was so concerned about the heat building in the top of the barn, that he went out and bought thermostatically controlled attic fans to vent out the top part of the barn. Our farrier had mentioned them, and they really did seem to bring down the temps inside the barn in general.
While the barn I board at is not suitable for those things (and since my horses stay out), I'd still LOVE to have one blowing on me when I trim hooves. Eegads, do I ever drip. And it's VERY hard to see straight when it runs in your eyes, behind your glasses.
Give that man o'yours some serious smoochies!
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and we have two of them, spaced about 15 ft apart, one on each side of the aisle, both blow the same direction (which is the same direction as the wind usually blows). Yesterday, it got up to 80 on the outside thermometer, barn temp said 80, and that thermometer is in the hottest part of the barn, over by the tack room out of the direct "wind" from the fans or the aisle.
Yes, they were expensive, a small barn would only need one, and the two I have set up would probably do a much bigger barn. The barn we have has a very high roof point, and those "tobacco barn" vents at the roof line (if you live in tobacco country, you'll know what I'm refering to. The coolers were much less expensive that replacing the roof and insulating underneath it and installing roof vent fans. We'll likely do that in the future, but the roof has a few more years left anyway.
We've had them for 5 years now, with no trouble except the first year when a working student turned the water off and left the pumps on. Company replaced pump under warranty.
Anything pricey I buy, I just divide the cost per year of use. Easier to take that way.....
Last edited by 2ndyrgal; Jun. 25, 2010 at 08:21 AM.
Reason: I meant to say 90 on the outside thermometer