Today has been one of those “when it rains, it pours” days!
First, this house is mostly rock but the peaks on the sides (I don’t know what you call that stuff) is cheap wood and it needed to be painted. We waited a bit too long and now it needs to be replaced .. which kinda is happening at a good time because it would need to at least partially come down to replace the a/c unit in the attic.
It seems like every day it’s harder to keep the house cool. I so love the mini-split in the sewing room.
The plan was to put in a couple of mini split units, which I thought would cost $2,000 to $2,500 each. Surprise! We’ll have to have 220 outlets run and not even counting the cost of that, the mini-split, along with installation will be at least $5,000 each. Uhh .. no!
The guy took some readings. We have some insulation issues, of course . . over the cathedral ceiling. We have some duct work issues . . probably sucking hot attic air in through our vents. Our main outside unit is on its last leg so the inside unit (in the attic) and the outside unit need to be replaced. So, here’s the plan . . some time in October . . too hot to get in the attic and work now.
- The guy who is replacing the siding is going to cut a big ugly hole in the siding so the a/c guys can access the attic.
- The a/c guys will then come and pull out the old unit, re-do all the duct work and add some larger vents in the rooms where needed. Put in larger return air vents. Put in new inside and outside heat and air units.
- The wood replacement guy will then come back and pull off enough siding that we can get someone out to blow in more insulation.
- Once they come, then wood guy will come back and put up new wood.
I’m thinking I need to be sitting on the street corner with a sign that reads “Will Work For Food!”
The real problem (though it could be answered prayer!) is that the last three times we’ve put in a new a/c system, we’ve moved within 6 months. We always thought we’d be staying, put in a top of the line system . . then left it for someone else to enjoy.
Seriously, that’s all a huge expense that we didn’t plan on having but I’m thankful that we can do it and hopefully nothing else major will need to be replaced for a while.