The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

New AC on the Way

Last night, my AC wasn't working at all... the townhouse thermostat read 84 degrees, so I just opened up the windows upstairs and got a breeze blowing. However, this won't work later in the summer when it's still sweltering in the evening. Fortunately, I'd already had people out a couple of weeks ago to make a bid on a new system, and I just confirmed that Strand Brothers will be out between 7:30 and 8:30 in the morning to start the installation. No late night hacking run for me tonight, and I need to go set my alarm so I'm up and about before they arrive.

My new system improves my efficiency from 10 SEER 10 to 15 SEER, a pretty major improvement. Based on charts I've seen online, I'll probably save about $300 a year here in Austin from the upgrade, since the AC gets to run so much during the summer. There are a few other energy-use improvements I should make too; I ought to replace my bedroom's lamp, going from a high-wattage halogen to a compact florescent unit. I've already replaced most of the rest of the lighting with CF bulbs, and they work very well. I also need to get a hot-water heater insulation blanket, which will keep my heater from running as often.
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