Products for thermoregulation, health and safety, and productivity, in the age of heat waves and forest fires.
The summer forest fire season here in British Columbia has been driving me crazy for many years now, and to alleviate some of the nuisance with it all I have tried out many types of consumer products that seemed like they could help. With each of these products I say whether or not I have tried them and I give a subjective rating out of ten.
1. Personal electric air purifier.
A couple months ago I bought a personal electronic air purifier and I think it might actually be useful this summer. 6/10.
2. Indoor air purification.
i) Low cost solution: box fan with dual Merv 13s. Untested.
Based on tutorials like this: https://marshallhansendesign.com/2012/01/02/studio-operations/
I only just ordered this fan so I can’t give a personal testimony, but these are the parts I’m going to be working with:
ii) Moderate cost solution: standard portable air purifier. 6/10.
ii) Expensive solution: Industrial air purifier. Untested.
3. Fireproof document organizer.
4. Fire extinguisher.
I cannot personally testify to the performance of this particular fire extinguisher, but it’s similar to mine, and listed at a pretty good price given that it has free shipping. It’s your classic “A:B:C class” extinguisher: “For use on Class A (ordinary combustibles), Class B (Flammable liquid) spills or Fires involving live electrical equipment (Class C)”. Untested.
5. Personal misting and cooling.
I have tested a number of personal accessories meant to keep you clean and cool, such as: gel masks, cooling headbands, shemaghs, gel hats, cooling patches, neck gaiters, cooling mats, and spray bottles.
i) Ice Eye Mask by FOMI Care. 3/10
iii) Headsweats Protech Hat. 5/10
6. Indoor cooling.
I don’t recommend portable air conditioners like the one I have for the reasons detailed here:
i) Low cost solution: evaporative “swamp cooler”.
Consumers typically find these things to be underwhelming for several reasons: they raise humidity and they need to be replenished enough to be annoying. I have never used one, but I thought I would include the highest rated one I could see on Amazon in case it interests some readers.
ii) Expensive solution: window air conditioner.
7. Bed cooling.
i) Moderate cost solution: directional attachments for your AC unit. 9/10.
Rather than buy an expensive cooling mattress, I have found it fruitful to jam a rectangular duct connector on to my AC unit and run a hose into my bed or to my laptop dock.
Imperial Manufacturing Duct End Boot 3-1/4 X 10 X 4In GV0650
ii) Expensive solution: specialized bed cooling unit. Untested.
8. Other things I would like to try.
i) Cooling shirts.
Sony launched the Reon Pocket but it’s not available in North America yet for some reason.
If you want to buy a cooling shirt here in North America, you’ll have to settle for something like this:
ii) Outdoor misting systems.
iii) Door seals.