Well well well,
Been awhile since I have visited my own thread. Got some non theater, theater updates to pass along. Some of you old timers may remember a HVAC conversation oh say at least a year or maybe even two ago. I had entertained some estimates from several contractors and gotten several estimates I think ranging from about 3.5k for an A/C only setup to over 10K for a top of the line high efficiency system.
After a couple of seasons of limping my system along I finally had to admit to myself (and my bank account) I could not limp along and band-aid fix my current system any longer. During the stretch of 100+ degree heat the first part of July my A/C unit ran for 50+ hours nonstop. In the afternoons the temp in my house would get to 78-79 degrees and it would be back down to 72-73 by morning with the thermostat set on 70. I finally set the thermostat on 75 to give my system a break during the morning hours.
Here is my old Trane system.
According to my HVAC guru my furnace while old and inefficient was still working and was adequate but just old. My A/C unit was undersized to begin with so I was fighting an uphill battle even when the system was new. The furnace when new was 80% efficient and the A/C was the equivalent of a 5 or 6 seer unit.
My new Carrier Infinity system
The furnace is a 96%+ efficient system with a 3 ton 21 seer A/C unit.
I did move the A/c unit from the side of the house to the back. If I had wanted to keep the same location of the previous A/C unit that would have necessitated doing some creative removal of drywall of the soffit area in the finished portion of the basement. Obviously a last resort. The new location enabled the installers to run the new lines through the unfinished storage space and decrease the distance of the lines increasing efficiency and more importantly reducing cost as the run was shorter. Of course a new programmable thermostat was part of the package. After a two day install I can say this is a very good system that is well matched to my home. My house is actually cooler with the temperature set a couple of degrees higher than on the older system and it has no issues keeping the house at the preset temperature during the heat of the day. So far I'm impressed. I have yet to get a electric bill with the new system, but I'm expecting to see quite a big reduction in my electric bill. I can tell you it was a lot more fun spending money on theater equipment than it was on the HVAC system, but at least I'm cool now.