The question of air conditioning has definitely been answered by the 90-degree Memorial Day weekend! When we bought the house back in February, it was always about 55 degrees in the house since there was no heat. The brick exterior walls mean the inside takes a long time to heat up and cool down. Even on beautiful 70 degree days, the house was chilly.
I said it would be nice to have a week of 80+ degrees so we could see what the house does and if we will really need air conditioning. I guess I got what I asked for. Before it even got too hot, we knew the third floor was going to need it, especially with Rich’s office up there. Then the second floor started to get warm and sticky. So definitely the top two floors. Today, the first floor is “disgusting” as Rich puts it. He is working there today while he waits for contractors to come by and look at the place. I’m pretty sure the basement will always be a little chilly though! 🙂
So air conditioning it is. Now we just have to decide how we are going to do it. We’ve had 4 HVAC companies come in and they have each given us completely different ways to go about it. One thing we have talked about is cooling the top two floors, either in each individual room (so as not to cool unused space) or by zone which would be the north and south sides of the house. The question is to just dehumidify the first floor and let the cool air from upstairs fall or actually air condition it. All together, that’s about 5000 sq ft (plus 11 or 12 foot ceilings) of home to cool!
We definitely need to make a decision soon if we plan on getting into the house this summer. Time to take a good look at those HVAC plans and pick the one that works for us!
Thankfully the girls and I are sitting pretty in the AC at Grandma and Pappy’s house today. I hope the rest of you are finding ways to stay cool in this heat, and if it’s not 90 degrees where you are, I’d like to come visit. 🙂