Amy Needs AC

$367 of $347 goal

Raised by 11 people in 20 months
Hey guys.

As you know, I started this venture (Amy On The Radio) back in May with almost zero budget. I spent what little savings I had to acquire hardware to get this show up and running.

Back then, we had unseasonably cooler weather. In fact, a tornado touchdown in the backyard took out a pre-amp, power, cable, and delayed the show's official start date by about a week. 

I don't make much from this little growing venture as-is. I just enjoy making good radio. Most evenings with the door closed, the temp runs very high -- averaging high 90's and sometimes over 100's.

This is a pic of what the room is like half an hour before the show when I attempt to run all of the fans in the house and bring cooler air into the room. It's currently 89 F outside.

This week we are in a heat advisory and outdoor temps will be climbing higher. There have been evenings I've been in-session and I've nearly fainted or gotten very sick during breaks. My Central AC unit sucks, and I don't own this place. 

I found this portable unit which would be quiet enough to run and more than adequate for this room.

I have Amazon Prime until July, so free shipping and no sales tax will be applied.

I'm open to any feedback. If you can contribute, every little bit counts.

Much Love,

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AC Update - Exhausted. After hours of shopping this morning and busting my butt this afternoon, I can finally say I have a functional AC unit now in the studio!!

As to its true functionality, this is still yet to be determined.
It's 8,000 BTU (should be overkill for the room) but doesn't seem to cool the room at any record speeds. I'm not sure what the expectation should really be. When I started working on the project this afternoon, it was just around 90-something. It's been running for a couple of hours now and is finally sitting at 75F!

The AC is quite loud, and due to the heat crisis here, it's about all I could find which had any 4-star or above reviews from Amazon purchases. I will have to cool down the studio during the day, and keep AC off during broadcast until breaks. Still, t's certainly better than what I had (nada).

But hey. AC!!! WOOHOO!!!

Thank you ALL, SO MUCH for helping me fund this venture. Seriously. I cannot thank you enough!

The final cost of this unit was $321.86. I received a $33 price-match discount from Best Buy after showing them the Amazon link ($296.99). Still had to pay local sales tax, which cost $24.87.

I've posted a photo of the AC receipt below.

Also had to spend $22.86 for the foam insulation, since the plastic accordion fins didn't quite fit the window.

So I'm updating the goal to match the final cost of all expenses: $346.73, or rounding up to whole dollar amounts: $347.

Again, thank you SO MUCH for contributing. You have no idea what this means to me. Now I can stay cooler during the broadcasts.

Much Love,
Cost of the AC
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So I had to abort the show this evening. That sucked.

I was sitting at about 3 minute until go-time and something didn't seem right. I'd just closed the door to the studio for the first time today. My laptop was getting fairly hot, but the sound board seemed hotter.
Started feeling a bit sick. Just as I grabbed my laptop to get some air, the laptop shut itself down due to the heat. At this point the internal fan had not kicked on. It doesn't do that much lately, but I thought it had something to do with the fact that Linux doesn't use as many system resources (i.e. - video card isn't as stressed) and it hasn't actually 'felt' hot like it does when I've occasionally used the laptop in the past for gaming.

Minutes later, the modem also had a heat-related shutdown. The modem was quite hot and since it's a solid-state device, again---no fans.

I turned the soundboard off and TJ had to do a replay.

Frustrated but not about to give up, I went on a two-hour tour of retail stores to locate something decent with good reviews, low noise-floor, and energy efficiency. I checked Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Target. What was left on the shelves had very poor customer reviews, so I decided to go home and do a bit of research.

I've found this unit which may be available at a local specialty store.

It's obviously smalled BTU but the room is only 15.5' x 11'. Total wattage of all other devices running on a normal day sits around 860W.

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It's now approaching 90F with door open, fans running, pumping AC in from other rooms--- and around 60% humidity this evening. No telling what it will be with the door closed in another 45 minutes.

Again I want to thank everyone for donating. We're up to $180 of the $428 goal right now. That's amazing!!

I'm considering the idea of a window unit though I have had bad experiences with other window units and acoustics.

This would pull less power on the system and be more efficient, but the trade-off could be hearing the neighbor kids, dogs, and planes overhead.

This was a big problem when I recorded the news for Art back even during the late Fall/Winter months sitting by a window unit, as I would have to pre-record 3 minute news casts in segments, sometimes having to stop due to the noise bleeding through my noise gate.

It's worth a shot. I will have to re-construct the acoustic treatment somehow. Again, all suggestions welcome.


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Just an update this afternoon.

Currently looking at temp. It's around 5PM here. For some reason, always gets hotter in the evenings.

Initial temp around noon was 79F in the studio (I reset this thermometer today). It's climbed up to 86F this afternoon, even with fans running and trying to vent cooler air into the studio.

Not sure what it will be like yet with door closed.

Also, TIL: humidity plays a role in heat-related illness.

According to the CDC,
"People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. Several factors affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly."

Source -

So there's that too.

I want to thank everyone who has donated thus far. You all rock!


55% Humidity, 86F (temp) with all fans
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Raised by 11 people in 20 months
Created June 14, 2016
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Being born and raise in Oklahoma, my adolescent years were always draped in fear of bursting into flames as I walked around during the summer months. Good luck!

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