Tuesday, August 01, 2006

We didn't know what we were missing!

So we've had this window air conditioner for, oh, probably 15 years anyway. Every summer we lug it out of the closet and install it, use it for a total of maybe a week and then put it away again in the fall.

Last month, the OC said we should replace it with a more efficient "Energy Star" unit. "Why?" I asked, "It still works. It's been used so little that it's practically new. Well, except for the last few summers that have been unusually hot."

But after one really hot and humid day, the OC betook himself off to Sears and brought back a new one anyway. And installed it a few days later. And a few days after that, the temperature began to climb to uncomfortable levels so we turned it on. And ... IT COOLED THE ENTIRE DOWNSTAIRS OF THE HOUSE!!!! Perfectly. Without even straining.

Tomorrow will be the big test because it's supposed to get near 100 with high humidity though it handled 86 with aplomb.

We should have done this long ago--but we didn't know what we were missing!


Blogger Allan said...

Timing, they say, is everything. Glad it's working for you.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Mary Anne said...

We spent a week of vacation time in Saco at the end of June, staying at a house without AC. Being from Cincinnati, we LOVE our AC from April through September, so being in a house without air conditioning (or ceiling fans!) during a warm humid spell in Maine was agonizing. I'm amazed at how many homes don't have AC in Maine. We spent a couple of sticky hours at Maine Mall one day and finally had to leave because it felt so stuffy and warm. We are definitely spoiled by our air-conditioning in the Midwest - life without it would be very uncomfortable. I'm glad you've found a deluxe unit to keep you cool!

9:53 AM  

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