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If you have windows that can accomidate it, a twin window fan:
During the warmer part of the day, set it to exhaust warm air out of the room, and when its cool outside have it intake all the cold air from outside
The most beneficial thing for you would be exhausting heat. If you have two windows i would recommend these point one to blow in and one to blow out. If you don't have two windows then you should exhaust the heat.
You can buy window fans like this to help exhaust the hot air. A portable AC system would work as well, but be much more expensive upfront and in energy costs.
I don't really know about keeping it cool with anything other than fans or a window ac unit. This unit is pretty cheap for fans in the window. As for the people outside, they will always be there during huge parties.
Get a window fan. It will keep air circulating and keep the cat it. And it’s pretty cheap.
Holmes Window Fan with Twin 6-Inch Reversible Airflow Blades, White [link]
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You could also get a small window fan and set it on exhaust while you're smoking. You'll lose some heat, but not as much as blowing fresh air in.
I currently use a 2 fan system in my basement
You cheapest option will be to keep the window open an put an air exchanger fan in it, like this. The two fans work in opposite directions, so one brings fresh air in and the other pushes air out. If you can't keep the window open, a dehumidifier is likely to be your nest cheapest option to reduce humidity. This is the one I have.
I'm in a similar position to you, I airbrush in my office along with my computer, desk, shelves, etc. Even down to having two cats.
You're definitely on the right track with the cleaning pot and mask; the pot should have a filter to keep the paint in, make sure you clean/replace the filter when it gets saturated.
1) Our cats are banned from the office. This is mostly for their health -- if you don't want to breath the paint/chemicals they shouldn't either. Doubly so since they're smaller so they'll feel the affects more acutely. Also note that having cats in the painting area can lead to stray hairs landing on drying paint which can mess with the paint job.
Additionally, I magnetize some of my minis so there's the chance that I could drop small magnets on the floor and those are super bad if eaten by a curious cat. Like emergency surgery bad. Consider other aspects of the hobby as well when evaluating your furry friend's health risks. For us they add up to a ban on the office entirely.
2) I've never had any problems with paint getting on other surfaces. I use a ghetto cardboard box spray booth that catches overspray and have a window fan blowing out while painting. I have 2 windows side by side so fresh air comes in from outside and then gets blown out by the fan.
3) I doubt that you need to just give up, but it is definitely worth taking some steps to make sure everything works out. If you don't have a door at all in your painting room maybe you can just get a baby gate or something to help keep the cats out while you're painting. To help keep the "paint smell" from permeating your whole house you can try opening a window on the far side of the house and then the window fan will pull fresh air through your entire home.
Get one of these or similar. We used it to clear the room of smoke. Lifesaver.
Holmes Dual Blade Twin Window Fan, White [link]
Did you know that they make fans to sit within windows?:
Open the window and stick a fan in it? Put in reverse to blow the air out. We have something like this