August 10th, 2010


Just Chillin'

I have been using a swamp cooler to keep the house comfortable in Summer ever since I moved here 11 years ago. Every year I bitch and moan about getting it set up in Spring and "winterizing" it in Fall. Every year I sing its praises in June when the temperature outside is a dry 100, but the inside is in the upper 70's. Every July I curse it when the humidity outside makes it just about worthless. I hate the fishy smell that blows through the ducts when it hasn't been operated for a couple of days. I loved the relatively low electric bills in the middle of the Summer. I have been thinking about getting a new unit for a couple of years now, but I keep saying, "Just one more year." Well, I think I can no longer put it off.

I am seriously leaning towards getting a central air unit. Out here it's called "refrigerated air." Sure, it's more expensive to operate, but there will be no more dealing with pumps and aspen pads. And who thought it was a good idea to have an electric motor sitting right above a pool of water?!? It won't matter what the outside temperature is. It will be as cool inside as I want it to be. Since the furnace is approaching 25 years of age, replacing it at the same time is a good idea as well. I have received a few bids so far and they are about what I expected. Hopefully it will also improve the value of the house. I'm also hoping that we can manage the electricity costs with a programmable thermostat. I have bad memories of operating a central air unit in Yuma. $300 utility bills were common June-September.