One of the things I’m looking forward to about getting really old is that old folks always seem to be cold. I can’t remember the last time I was cold.
When we built the sewing room, we knew we wanted to go with the mini-split unit for the air and heat. The air conditioner man in MO had recommended one of these for the downstairs kitchen we were going to build but thankfully, never built. He highly recommended the mini-splits. Then when we talked to the a/c guy here, he recommended the same thing. The more we read, the more sold we were on the mini-split units. Based on the square feet, the a/c guy recommended a 24,000 BTU unit but apparently, at that time everyone else wanted a 24,000 BTU. The 18,000 BTU was rated in the barely acceptable range for the square feet of my room but since the sewing room is built inside of another building and we had lots of the spray in foam insulation, we discussed the situation with the a/c guy and we all thought the 18,000 BTU unit might work. It did . . til it gets up in the high 90′s and then it never could bring the temp down below about 78º, and to keep the temp there, the a/c ran non-stop. The mini-splits are so darned energy efficient but I still didn’t want it running all the time.
The a/c guy told us that if the unit didn’t work well enough, he would replace it. We called him, he came out and checked everything and said he would order the bigger unit and would hopefully have it by the end of that week. It’s been over a month and I was beginning to worry that he wasn’t going to change it and I had quit going out to the sewing room because it was just too hot to be comfortable out there. Yesterday the air conditioner guy called and said they were on their way to install my bigger air conditioner.
I can’t tell you how happy I was to see these guys! And . . who wouldn’t be happy to see your air conditioner guy wearing a cowboy hat? Yep, we’re in Texas! And look at that gorgeous sky. And, what about some green . . even if it’s weeds . . in July? Sure didn’t see much of that last year.
Out with the little one, in with the big one! That’s a monster air conditioner unit compared to the smaller one! I can also see from that picture that they took me up on my offer to grab drinks out of the fridge.
Now I have to spend a day or two cleaning up in the sewing room. It had become a dumping ground for things I moved out of the house but didn’t take time to put away because . . it was just too hot in there. Maybe I’ll get some sewing done this weekend.
As far as the mini-split units, I live them. They’re so quiet, you cool only the rooms that need to be cooled. If ever we build a house or even a new kitchen, I’ll go with the mini-splits and not traditional central air and heat.