Our central air conditioning system broke over the winter. We knew it was on its last legs so this was to be expected. We were planning on having it replaced with a 13 or 16 seer unit. I have no clue what “seer” means, but I don’t think it has anything to due with psychic abilities. Anyway, we were having a contest among ourselves to see how long we could go without turning on our air conditioning. If you ask me, it was a stupid game to play in Atlanta, GA. Because of this game, we didn’t realize our A/C was broken until we had a gentleman from our Electrical Management Company/power company out to inspect it to see if we qualified for a rebate when we replaced the old unit. The dumb unit wouldn’t even come on.
Let me be the first to tell you that psychologically you begin to want air conditioning the moment you realize that you are no longer in control of whether or not the unit comes on. It was all fun and games when I was in control, but the thought of sweating against my will was more that I could take. Keep in mind that this was mid-April at this point, Atlanta is just starting to get nice and warm and humid.
We decided on a system and the repairmen says that it will be 3 weeks before he can put in. I had no choice but to be okay with it. I slept okay at night until the temperature reached 78 degrees and that I slowly started losing my mind. The dogs were even miserable. We slept with our windows open during pollen season and everything turned yellow and we sneezed constantly. It was pleasant, I tell ya.
Finally May 11th arrived and our new system was due to be installed. Except it wasn’t. Our repairman gave his helper the day off and said that it would be another ten days before it could be put in. I honestly thanked him and then hung up the phone and cried.
We sweated and sweated and sweated and then last Friday rolled around and my Uncle Fred remembered that one of my aunts has a stand alone air conditioning unit in storage. I had no clue what that was but the word AIR CONDITIOING had me hooked. At midnight last Friday this was hooked up in my bedroom….
Seriously, I recommend everyone investing in one. This has saved my sanity for the past week. We moved the mattress in from our guest bedroom for J.D. to sleep on because the mattress from her bedroom wouldn’t fit on my floor and she deserved some A/C as well. This is what my room has looked like for the past week:
Until yesterday! After three days of Mr. Repairman working with his helper, our new central a/c and heating unit is installed and working. It’s beautiful! I think the best part is that our house isn’t near as humid as it has been.
The most interesting thing that I have noticed is that our utility bills have not decreased as much as I expected them to. They have only gone down maybe $50 or so a month. For me, that isn’t worth it. I will gladly pay $50 extra per month for a decent night’s sleep!