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Air Conditioning in My Home - Keeping Cool

Updated on May 25, 2016


We've lived in this house since 2002 and we have had numerous methods of cooling the house down.

The house came equipped with a central air conditioning unit, but the venting in the house was never completely installed so there are rooms that have air conditioning and there are others that simply pretend to have it.


We have a couple window air conditioners that fit in the windows upstairs. It was convenient when the kids lived at home for each of them to run their own conditioner in their own rooms the temperature that they wanted it.

We had our bedroom downstairs and had our own window air conditioner also.


Last year, we saw an advertisement for the portable window air conditioners that have a special vent in a window and you can supposedly move them from room to room. My husband thought it would be great to throw in a vehicle and bring up north to the cabin when we'd vacation up north.

That didn't happen. There is fine print that they neglect to point out to you when you buy these units.

Some Points

It didn't move from the window all winter. We installed the vent tube and when winter came, we simply closed the storm window.

I have a slightly non-funny story about what happened the other day when I started up the air conditioner.

Funny - Well Not So Much

My husband would have noticed it a lot sooner than I did, but he's not home during the week. So, here I was. It was hot in the house. About 83 degrees. It should have been closer to 69 degrees according to the air conditioner's read out.

But it was not.

Why not? Well. It's because I failed to open the storm window.

It Was Hot

I walked over to the air conditioner and pointed it a different direction. I adjusted the temperature and discussed the situation with coworkers. One said that they had a tank that kept filling up with water. Almost a worthless machine she said.

My machine doesn't do that. Another coworker said that there was a heater of some sort that got rid of the water out the vent. Yeah. Apparently that's why my window was a very hot to the touch window when I discovered my storm was closed.

I opened the storm window and - yes - that did make a huge difference. The air conditioner actually cooled the house down to 76 degrees, which I can handle. I'm actually tempted to put on a sweatshirt while typing this, since I think that it is cold in here now.

Live and Learn I Guess

Our central air conditioning unit has not run for a few years. The kids have both moved out, five years ago and those air conditioner units that used to go in the windows, are sitting unused. We did install a steel roof and a lot of pink insulation so the upstairs is fairly cool now.


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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      rjbatty: yes, I would say that a $122 dollar increase would crimp my budget also. I had an oil filled heater plugged in in a work room outside and that jumped our bill to $400 for one month. Needless to say, I won't be using that heater any more.

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      2 years ago from Irvine

      I bought one of those portable A/C units on wheels when I was living in California's San Fernando Valley, where (during the summer) the temperature would often go well into the 90s (F) during the day and maybe cool to an unpleasant 84 degrees at night. These units are not designed for cooling large spaces but can help in smaller areas (such a closed bedroom). If nothing else, they do remove an amazing amount of moisture from the air -- as visible by the morning's collection tank, and this can make life a bit more bearable. Overall, however, I don't think they are worth the cost.

      I am now living in a townhouse with central air. The cooled air does not travel evenly throughout the house, so some rooms get downright chilly while others remain like saunas. The most troubling thing is that the electric bill skyrockets. During cool but not terribly cold months -- by CA standards (like May and June), we may only spend $28.00 for electricity. During the summer, when we are running the A/C non-stop, the bill can jump to $150.00. If you are living on a fixed income, that leap upward can be crippling to your budget.


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