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Old 05-30-2007, 04:43 PM   #21
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I have a friend who lives in Dallas (rumored to be a hot place in the summer months) who does not use AC, but on the very hottest days. I guess it's all a matter of what you want to spend your $ on and how much heat one can tolerate.
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Old 05-30-2007, 05:50 PM   #22
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Considering a good E* window unit will cost around $60-80 for the entire season to operate, sweating out a hot humid summer seems to be excessively frugal. I'll bet ya drink that much in extra lemonade without one.

I've also made good use of a couple of high efficiency window units in our last couple of homes as they're a lot more efficient than the older central AC unit. Especially the one in our last house, which was located in the 150 degree attic and had ducts running from one end of the house to the other and back again...
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Oh and i'm going to go with "the voyage home" just for the line "everyone remember where we parked..." and scotty trying to talk to the computer through the mouse ball.

But it'd have been better with Khan in it.

Now Khan with flaming chickens shooting out of his butt, in a kayak...maybe a little chocolate mousse on his head..........

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I have a friend who lives in Dallas (rumored to be a hot place in the summer months) who does not use AC, but on the very hottest days. I guess it's all a matter of what you want to spend your $ on and how much heat one can tolerate.
I lived without one here for more than 25 years (work had A/C). Being home all day necessitated one and my neighbor gave me a hand-me-down.

Don't have A/C in car either.

I don't like A/C, but I really don't like 85 and humid. If the humidity is low, I'm comfortable into the upper 80s with a floor fan.

And why do people feel they have to keep it so cold?
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We just came back from a few days in Florida and I had to wear a light sweater inside every building. We turned off the AC in our hotel room and enjoyed the warm weather! Why live in warm weather if you are always freezing?
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I lived without one here for more than 25 years (work had A/C). Being home all day necessitated one and my neighbor gave me a hand-me-down.

Don't have A/C in car either.

I don't like A/C, but I really don't like 85 and humid. If the humidity is low, I'm comfortable into the upper 80s with a floor fan.

And why do people feel they have to keep it so cold?
You are correct, its the humidity not the heat !

We lived with 3 medium sized window A/C units in the bedrooms of our tri-level. I always joked that there was going to be a storm on the main level because the "thermal inversion" we had with cool bedrooms upstairs and a warm family room below. Plus everytime my daughter would use her hair dyer in the bathroom, we blew a fuse (yes, fuse ! They work, why change to breakers ?)

Now I'm going completely in the other direction !

Get central air conditioning !

Here are some reasons
  1. One window A/C unit will never be able to keep the humidity down for your whole house and that IS the goal !
  2. Central A/C is more efficient (higher SEER)
  3. you will be adding value to your property !
  4. you will get a new high efficiency furnace and save money in winter also !

In most cities, you can sign up for "service interruption" with central air and buy your electricity at a lower rate. (Service interruption means you are willing to let the power company turn off you A/C for 20-30 minute in a given hour. This helps them with peak loading.) In my case (SE MI), I couldn't believe what a difference in comfort level with the lower humidity through out the house and I believe or electric bills were lower !

The bad news is, you should have had this done in March or April, when the HVAC people are not busy. You can always get a better price then !
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Here are some reasons
  1. One window A/C unit will never be able to keep the humidity down for your whole house and that IS the goal !
  2. Central A/C is more efficient (higher SEER)
  3. you will be adding value to your property !
  4. you will get a new high efficiency furnace and save money in winter also !
In most cities, you can sign up for "service interruption" with central air and buy your electricity at a lower rate. (Service interruption means you are willing to let the power company turn off you A/C for 20-30 minute in a given hour. This helps them with peak loading.) In my case (SE MI), I couldn't believe what a difference in comfort level with the lower humidity through out the house and I believe or electric bills were lower !

The bad news is, you should have had this done in March or April, when the HVAC people are not busy. You can always get a better price then !
1) The ancient window A/C adequately removed the humidity for the 600sf main floor.

2) Not if I don't need it.

3) House isn't worth ^&*(.

4) Have hot water heat.
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Why do people have to have it so cold?

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Because I like it chilly!

Maybe its because i'm from new england, where except for one 20 minute period in july, its cold all the dang time!
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1) The ancient window A/C adequately removed the humidity for the 600sf main floor.

2) Not if I don't need it.

3) House isn't worth ^&*(.

4) Have hot water heat.
You might consider a split A/C system. Works well with hot water heat, but more expensive than windows unit. I believe it is more cost effective to run.

Besides,who is going to remove those window units in fall and re-install them in spring when your 70 or 80 years old ?
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The July issue of Consumer Reports rates window A/C's. Their picks for best buys are:

- Frigidare FAA067P7A, 6000 BTU, 10.7 EER, $150
- GE ASM05LK, 5250 BTU, 10.7 EER, $180
- Kenmore 76081, 8000 BTU, 10.8 EER, $200
- Haier ESA3105, 10000 BTU, 10.8 EER, $250
- Frigidaire FAC107PIA, 10000 BTU, 10.8 EER, $240
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