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Heated temps and heated tempers...

11:37 AM 07/04/2012

I'm not looking forward to the electric bill this month. I have to pay the existing one at the end of this week and it's going to be $135 or so but we're running the 12k btu A/C unit in bypass mode (run constantly) to cool the house down as of this week. That along with using the furnace to circulate the cool air will likely bring us up into the $250 range by the end of this month. Not good. Mitigated things today a bit by hanging a comforter over the library window as that was letting a lot of heat in even with the window blinds on it. Did something similar for the basement door window as well.

We'll see how it goes from this point on but honestly this is likely going to cost us a bundle. And since I need to work out in the workshop I had to put one of the smaller 8k btu units out there even with the lack of roof insulation. It was able to bring it down to 80 during the day so that's doable. If I were to separate and insulate that space better I could likely get it much cooler as it's not a big space but right now I don't have the resources to do that yet.

My wife and I are arguing about how the old A/C unit works so I'm letting her screw with it. If the house heats up then she'll be the one at fault. Worse yet the Hunter website doesn't even show any A/C units. Period. So I can't even download a manual for it.

In other news I became mortally irritated with myself a couple of days ago because...at this jucture I can not do a sit up. I can do push ups. I can do chin ups. I can lift weights.

But I can't do a sit up.

Working on this goal currently...

I've also started eating a grilled chicken salad for breakfast every day. THe ingredients weren't that expensive and I found that pre-cooking the chicken breasts, slicing them up, and freezing them works well because they only take about two minutes to warm up in the microwave. Cutting an onion and a head of lettuce and sprinking broken up corn tortillas on the whole thing takes almost no time as well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and all done.

The salad fills me up and I usually don't have any cravings again during the day.

Moving on...I haven't started working on the outside of the house yet. Partly due to a number of things still to be unfucked here inside the house and partly due to outside temps. Maybe I'll try and cut some of the larger stuff down at night. It'll look a little weird but I don't care really.

Back to unfucking the house...

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Jul. 7th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I've been kicking around the idea of air-conditioning* my garage for years.

The walls and ceiling of the main floor are insulated well enough that it's stayed below 90 all week -- a smallish A/C unit might do well. I suppose I could cut/frame a small opening to accept a window hanger, but if I'm going to the trouble I might as well just install a real window...

What say you? Got windows in your garage?

*of course, A/C is out of the question when there's much glasswork being done -- in summer, that only happens at night. I have a homemade 7kbtu spot cooler(ducted to chill my head) which makes a decent dehumidifier if I leave it running and close the place up, but of course it raises ambient temp while drinking a lot more juice than I'd like to give it...
Jul. 8th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
I have three sets of windows in the garage not counting the glass in the garage doors themselves which I've already put foam insulation in. (Painted white on one side to look nice.)

I'm running an 8k BTU unit out there and the roof isn't insulated so it's going to cost me but since my servers got moved out there I don't have a choice. i suppose I could move them back in the basement but honestly I want to get that area done this summer.

If you're going to install a window for cooling I would do it on the northern side of the garage if possible. That way it gathers very little sunlight and a window A/C unit doesn't have to work so hard. And an A/C unit will certainly help keep the humidity down.

I'm wondering if I couldn't convert one of the window units to a portable one using some sheet metal ducting and one of the output hoses. It's certainly possible as there's no difference I can see in operation only in physical layout. I bet you could even in theory hang one next to the furnace with output ducting for the hot air via a damper into the chimney and col air ducting into the col air intake of the furnace and then let the furnace do all the work of forced air. It wouldn't be near as efficient as a proper central air unit but I'm betting it would work.

And this is all provided you didn't want to take apart the window unit that is. ;-)
Jul. 10th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
The north side of my garage would be the easiest place to install a window, and is even shaded. Unfortunately, a window there wouldn't be a good way to draw fresh air - the wall is very close to a property line, and the neighbors on that side don't clean up after their dog...

Forget about ducting the hot end of a window unit - hang it out a window or don't bother. You can certainly duct one or both of the cold sides; that's how my lil' spot cooler works, and why you can cool(somewhat) your house using a window A/C and the furnace fan.

Do you have any idea how much heat your servers actually make? I bet it doesn't amount to much...

Jul. 8th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
Actually after thinking an researching taking apart a window unit is much more trouble than it's worth. You'd have to re-engineer the system. Not worth it.
Jul. 8th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
Though oddly automotive A/C systems are almost completely separated AND they run about 14k BTU depending on the unit AND are user rechargeable. Especially if you get the newer R134 units.

In theory if I had simple wiring to turn on the fan only for my workshop space heater AND a 5 - 6 hp electric motor I could install the radiator and a fan assembly in a box outside and put the A/C condenser and coil and such inside the body of the space heater.

It could work but again by the time you're done it might not be cost effective.
Jul. 10th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Sure, a 5-6 hp motor pushing(and the way automotive A/C systems are balanced, it's uphill both ways) a 14kBTU load. Forget about the refrigerant type - it isn't worthy of note.

A window unit ducted through or built into a box would do better...



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