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HAS ANYONE BUILT A GOOD HOSE COOLER?
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Post: #11
RE: HAS ANYONE BUILT A GOOD HOSE COOLER?
Folk need to remember that warm air flowing over a cool surface will cause moisture in the air to condense out of that air. This means the air will be dryer as well as perhaps a bit cooler. The other side of it is that it takes quite a lot or energy to cool volumes of air we breathe. Not to mention the risk of water puddling in the hose.

Consider making the xPAP unit part of an evaporative cooler. Find a shallow tupperware-like cake pan, find a piece of Celdek to set in it, find a wire shelf to set on top the celdek, place the xPAP on the wire mesh, cover the xPAP with a cake cover, plastic sheet or towel so air is pulled through the Celdek, add water, and go for it.

Not sure where the max humidity specs are for your xPAP, but this will get you cooler air ... Another way is to buy a small $89 fridge, drill a 1" hole for the hose to fit and plumb your hose through it; then place the xPAP inside the fridge. Most xPAPs will run at 40 F. But be careful when pulling the data card for reading; be sure to let it warm up before placing it into a reader outside the fridge (condensation - so same goes for taking the xPAP out of the fridge).

As a note: I am mostly joking when making these suggestions. Both silly ideas have negative consequences. A simple anti-clockwise twist of the thermostat dial in your house will give you much better results.
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Post: #12
RE: HAS ANYONE BUILT A GOOD HOSE COOLER?
If I took on your project, I would use a small refrigerator to cool the air. Do NOT get one that doesn't have a mechanical compressor since it will not have enough capacity for your purpose. Do NOT place the hose in the refrigerator but instead place a flex duct in the refrigerator up near the freezer section and run it over to the air intake on the cpap (seal it as best you can so very little room air can get in). That will allow the cpap machine to draw its intake air from inside the refrigerator. You must also leave the door of the frig slightly ajar in order for the necessary make-up air to enter.

This will allow you to have cooler air to breathe and not have any rain out problem. The cooled air will not condense inside the hose since that would defy the laws of physics. If you get any condensation at all, it will occur on the outside of the hose since that's where warm moisture laden air will contact a cooler medium. I dare say that won't happen since you won't get air down to that low temperature.

Not knowing the btu cooling capacity of the refrigerator you will be testing, the room ambient air properties and your air flow volume, I can't guarantee how much cooler the air will be or even if the refrigerator you buy will tolerate being run with that sort of loss. I suggest you get the larger model for starters, if it doesn't work, your research can end. Hopefully excess noise won't be a problem. The back pressure on the compressor will be higher than normal and that may overheat the unit and cause it to cycle on the thermal overload. I doubt the Delta T will be any more than 3° F. so if you need more than that, read on.

You could test this setup without having to damage the refrigerator beyond the point of not being able to return it if it doesn't work as well as you like. Most big retailers will allow you a free trial, usually 30 days.

If it turns out you need more capacity than those small refers can supply, consider getting & installing a small 115 volt room A/C. Ducting the output from it while running it with a slow fan speed will give you considerably cooler air then room ambient. You can expect a Delta T of approximately 10° F. for most small room A/C's.
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RE: HAS ANYONE BUILT A GOOD HOSE COOLER?
Sounds like the begging of a Rube Goldberg contest.



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RE: HAS ANYONE BUILT A GOOD HOSE COOLER?
(06-22-2015 01:32 PM)AlanE Wrote:  Sounds like the begging of a Rube Goldberg contest.

Clearly my elaboration of Adoniscmj original proposal is the best.
All others are obviously Rube Goldbergian ideas.
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RE: HAS ANYONE BUILT A GOOD HOSE COOLER?
Actually - I wonder if the real problem isn't the person's mask isn't venting properly and they are breathing in some of their own exhalation... that will cause the air to be warmer than usual.

Or if their humidifier is cranked up and all that air is saturated and hot.
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Post: #16
RE: HAS ANYONE BUILT A GOOD HOSE COOLER?
No, not a mask issue. I am using nasal pillows. I just hate warm air. The method I have been using with chilling my hose in an ice bucket works well but the rain out sucks. I have to get up every two hours to dump the hose. I wish they made a device like they have on air tanks used in repair shops that opens up as it senses water allowing the water to be pushed out by the air pressure. Then when the water is gone it closes back up. It does this fairly quickly so really there isn't much air loss.
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Post: #17
RE: HAS ANYONE BUILT A GOOD HOSE COOLER?
Cool -- so a person puts humidity into an air flow, then runs it through a refer (in a sense dehumidifying it) ... all to get rid of the heat added to cause humidification in the first place.

You just have to love circular logic.
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RE: HAS ANYONE BUILT A GOOD HOSE COOLER?
Okay - so you are going to do the heat & add vapor then cool & remove-vapor thing.

Try this:

Loop hose from Humidified xPAP down through ice water bucket - then route hose straight up and attach two feet above bed, then on to the mask. Punch a small hole in lowest point of hose where it loops in the bucket, 1/16th inch should do it. Hole allows condensate to blow out into bucket that is already wet.

You may need to play with hole position ... e.g., a hole at the top of the curved hose may do the venturi thing and suck in water...

Since the water being removed is distilled, you could even add a small plastic tubing and pipe the recovered water right back into the humidifier and never have to refill it again. Amazing.
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Post: #19
RE: HAS ANYONE BUILT A GOOD HOSE COOLER?
I have to agree with the OP here... I also like breathing cool air and keep my bedroom quite cool. That said, I want the air humidified as I live in a super dry climate. The high flow via cpap is painful without the added humidification. My machine also heats as it humidifies and generally the air flow is warmer than my ambient room air. I've tried the humidity setting sat the lowest possible (1) and still have this issue. I prefer it at 2.

How you perceive humidity and air temp is highly dependent on the ambient environment - one size does NOT fit all. it would be nice to be able to control the temp and humidity on the cpap independently.
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RE: HAS ANYONE BUILT A GOOD HOSE COOLER?
(06-21-2015 11:41 PM)Adoniscmj Wrote:  Well room temp is to warm and the heat produced from the blower raises the temp so it is to hot for me,

The blower motor is well out of the air stream, so I don't see how it could be raising the temperature. Compressing or rarefying the air changes the temperature, but there is little of that going on in a CPAP machine,

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