Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Goldilocks temperature

Our months in the house have been like a Goldilocks fairy tale. It's too hot! It's too cold! Rarely is it just right. There are a few pleasant hours in the early morning now that it's spring, and sometimes on a sunny afternoon back in the late winter, when the ambient temperature was just right. But with different sun exposure, differing activity levels, various drafts, etc., it didn't last long. Oh, to have control at just the touch of a button...

Soon we will! The HVAC installers are coming today. It should take about a week for the downstairs system, upstairs system, and all metal ductwork. We settled on the Carrier line with a high efficiency gas furnace for downstairs and a standard heat pump for upstairs. We will be switching to natural gas as soon as our propane tank is empty, which will tidy up the backyard and equalize our monthly utility bills, too. Since we won't need any heating for a good six months or more, we have plenty of time to get that taken care of.

We are taking advantage of rebates from Carrier and some energy efficiency incentives (because of the 16 SEER rating, duct sealing, etc.) the government is offering right now. So the extra upgrades paid for themselves! Might as well get a few of our tax dollars back, right? Now we just have a few more decisions to make, like register placement and such. I'm excited, but I'm also just ready for it all to be over!

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