Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hot and Bothered (no more!)


I'll admit, it doesn't look like much to get excited over, but you should have seen the smiles on our faces yesterday evening when we went upstairs and felt a cooling gradient with each step up. What a difference a few days makes (and some awesome mechanical systems and human ingenuity). We have never, ever climbed the stairs and felt anything other than hotter by the time we reached the top.

The upstairs heat pump is installed and now they are diligently working on the downstairs system. There were a few hiccups initially, but everything has been resolved to our satisfaction. One item was placement of the outdoor condenser unit, which ended up almost two feet in the wrong direction. But I think it's a blessing in the end because we decided to move the downstairs condenser over to compensate, which will hide the sight and sound of both units better anyhow.

We pray for the wisdom and skill to communicate our needs and desires clearly and handle any problems if (when!) they arise. So far, so good! Of course, they haven't started cutting holes in my antique, irreplaceable quartersawn heartpine floors yet, either, so I'm still holding my breath just a little!

Next up, landscaping around the units with a lattice screen and some plantings, as well as painting all the conduit to match the brick and siding.

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