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Working in the heat

Postby MommyEnterprises » Fri May 16, 2008 2:20 pm

How many of you that work at home don't have central air? My house was built in 1958 and was built with one of those ac units (aka swamp cooler). This will be my third year and I think im going to go crazy. It is now our second real HOT day here and I think im going to be miserable this summer. Hopefully by next summer I will be able to convert my home to central air.
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Postby Lynn Terry » Fri May 16, 2008 8:05 pm

I have a central unit for the main floor, but my sons room is in the attic. When it gets ~85 degrees outside, the attic is an uncomfortable temperature. Even with fans running, the main problem is his computer overheating. He runs gaming hardware (maxed out video cards, etc). I think I about have him talked into moving down here to the main floor with us for the summer :) lol

I've looked at solutions, but its easy enough for him to take the guest room on the main floor for 6 or 7 weeks.

Anyway, I'm with you - it gets incredibly humid here in TN and I prefer to be outdoors. I'm usually on the laptop out on the back deck. But the extreme heat/humidity will keep me indoors during the heat of the summer. I'm dreading it.
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Postby MommyEnterprises » Sat May 17, 2008 10:52 pm

I have been looking online at portable a/c units. Not sure how well they work though. Cheapest I seen is about $299. Anyone have any experience with these?
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Postby KansasDragon » Sun May 18, 2008 12:47 am

Portable?

I'm assuming you're meaning a window AC? I was using 2 of those in an older house a few years ago. A large one for the downstairs, and a smaller unit to cool the upstairs bedroom.

It's definitely not as efficient as central air, but did a good job. The living room/dining room area stayed very comfortable. The kitchen stayed warm, since it was down a hallway from the AC. The two downstairs bedrooms stayed reasonable, with the use of a fan at night to blow the air more directly into the rooms.

If you're talking about something other than windows units, I'm not familiar.
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Postby MommyEnterprises » Sun May 18, 2008 12:54 am

Not the wall units but actual portable units. See below:

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Here is the link to it:
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Postby KansasDragon » Sun May 18, 2008 1:09 am

Ah ok..

I've never had one of those critters, but have seen a couple in use in a garage, and a workshop area. The garage was still warm (large 2 car garage on a very hot day, but the workshop (more a normal room size) was nice and cool.

Other than that, I can't say much, since didn't personally play with the unit, or pay the bill.
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Postby Jim Guinn » Sun May 18, 2008 6:28 am

Living in a a 168 year old farm house with a slate roof, the 2nd floor gets pretty warm (even though we have insulation in the attic floor). Putting in Central is too expensive. We have one large window unit (18,000 BTU's) at the top of the stairs. Because it is a traditional farmhouse floor plan, this unit cools off the both floors of the house. It is not a "meat locker", but on the hottest days, I can still keep the house at around 75 with low humidity. If we didn't have this, I would be dead at my computer.

BTW, I have a friend who has one of those portable units in his office (no windows). It does a pretty good job for him.

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Postby kirkward » Sun May 18, 2008 2:12 pm

Maybe you can contact Jay Boyd, a member of the Music City Marketers.

Jay is building his website and starting a busines selling home air conditioners. He has an ebook on the subject.

His website is http://askboyd.com/

I've forgotten his a/c business website, but he can sell you a whole a/c system and have it installed for less than 1/4 of a local a/c service.

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Postby Lynn Terry » Sun May 18, 2008 8:32 pm

Cool Stefani - the one I was looking at was a split unit. This one still has to be near a window though, right? I'll check on that at my local store.
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Postby tam2005 » Tue May 20, 2008 10:40 am

I have central air...thank God! And I spend way too much time inside. lol

I got a little fresh air this past weekend when I got out and worked in my flower beds. It looks pretty. :P
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Postby Kit Singleton » Tue May 20, 2008 4:15 pm

My house has window units and we do have a portable unit that is just great. One thing that I have found that helps a lot is the thick insulated curtains. My desk is in front of 2 huge double windows, which face due west. Talk about sun and heat!!! Those curtains have come in very handy on hot humid Georgia summer days.
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Postby TorontoCarol » Tue May 20, 2008 10:23 pm

From all these comments, I suppose I should be happy that my furnace is still coming on here at night and it is barely sweater weather during the day.

You could all just move to Canada - although some day it will get warm, or so they tell me!
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Postby CorpRebel » Wed May 21, 2008 3:33 pm

I don't have central air in my apt but just use three window AC units that work just fine here in RI. One for bedroom, one for extra bedroom (office) and one for the main area of apt.

Adds about $40/mo to my electric bill thru the summer months. But I keep kool while inside! :P

Gonna have to look for a condo next year and THAT WILL have central air! :lol:


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Postby WAHumor » Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:00 pm

I've been soooooohappy that our hot weather hasn't arrived yet...but it does, for the first time anyway, TOMORROW and at least through next week!

Guess which room is THE hottest in the place??? :cry:


Thank goodness for good AC units and a decent fan.
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Postby CorpRebel » Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:21 pm

WAHumor wrote:I've been soooooohappy that our hot weather hasn't arrived yet...but it does, for the first time anyway, TOMORROW and at least through next week!

Guess which room is THE hottest in the place??? :cry:

Thank goodness for good AC units and a decent fan.


Oh c'mon Dan. You're just itching for a hot balmy day to work in your underwear. Just get your lawnchair out and drag your 'puter outside (with a favorite beverage) and you're "golden" - tan that is. :lol:

DON'T get no better than that - huh?

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