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Q & A: dry ice cooling?

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
Can dry ice be used to cool a the air in a room for a few hours? If so, how would this be done?
- Sandra
Pittsburgh
A:
If you mean can you cool the air in a room by letting dry ice evaporate, the answer is yes. The evaporation process itself takes in heat and the CO2 that comes off is still much colder than room temperature. However, this doesn't sound like a smart way to keep a room cold. The normal concentration of CO2 in the air is much less than a percent. If you evaporate enough dry ice to cool the room much, there may be too much CO2 around for your health. It's not acutely toxic like CO, but you still don't want to breath too high a concentration of it. For more information, you can Google 'CO2 toxicity'. Of course, ventilation would defeat your purpose. You could, however, use the dry ice to cool some coils which then cool the air in the room.

Mike W.

(published on 10/22/2007)

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