Last holdouts are warming up to central air

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 18, 2012 - 7:22 PM

A second sweltering July was the breaking point for many. To deal with another warm summer, Minnesotans found a plug-in adaptation.

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bironAug. 19, 1212:08 AM

I had a split type system installed this July after going without A/C for the 15 years I've lived in my home and as paid the installer I said "I've just guaranteed that we'll have a cool August". He laughed and said, "Hah, it's gonna be hot all summer". Oh well, now it seems we're headed for a way cooler than normal August so if anyone wants someone to blame for the cooler weather - September style weather - it's my fault. I hope we get a few more hot days before the snow flies.

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chlyn001Aug. 19, 12 2:34 AM

I always thought the installation of central air conditioning was a bit pricey, and it would have been nice if the article covered that along with the energy use changes central air brings. Smaller house like mine can easily beat the heat with a large wall unit. Comparisons, or before and after snapshots of costs would have been useful to the overall picture here.

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BumpyroadsAug. 19, 12 4:47 AM

While the temperature plays a role why isn't the humidity, dew point discussed. Weather watchers know that dry heat in Arizona, Wyoming is tolerable, yet in a state with over 11,000 lakes the dew point is a key factor in the need for air conditioning. You DO NOT need central air. A small air condition can provide relief in say the bedroom while sleeping, reducing stress for the day.

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kenmarkAug. 19, 12 7:51 AM

For about $3400 one can get a ductless, wall mounted, air exchange unit which will easily cool a 1600 square foot area. The unit will also provide heat and is efficient down to about 25 deg. The unit is highly efficient as my unit ran most of July at a cost of $12. My unit is wired to off peak use which allows them to control my usage during peak times which they did for 2-3 hours in the late afternoons. Buying this unit may have been the best thing we have done in years.

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smarterthanuAug. 19, 12 8:05 AM

Why all the concern about energy consumption by air conditioning and none about how much energy is consumed by heating? Cooling is just as important as heating in Minnesota.

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ginny6Aug. 19, 12 8:17 AM

I don't want to succumb...but if these dewpoints and temps keep the heat indexes up around 105+ much, the time may come.

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freedubayAug. 19, 12 8:19 AM

I hate being cold in the summer.

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shimbumAug. 19, 12 9:53 AM

Get a white roof first. There is a guy in the south somewhere that painted his disintegrating gray shingled roof white before he had it torn off and replaced. He set thermometers in the attic and in the living room of the house. The temperature difference in the living room was 10 degrees cooler on average. The temperature difference in the attic was 20 or more degrees cooler. Not scientific but an example of what he could get in his house with a white roof. So when you need to replace your roof or have hail damage etc. get a white one, it will even save on your airconditioning bill.

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mossisleAug. 19, 12 3:19 PM

We live on the shore of Lake Superior and have no desire or need for A/C. Most of the summer we open the windows during the day to let in the heat in and close them at night to retain the heat. Only This July did we open them at night and close them in the morning. Of course our heating bills are probably higher due to our cold springs, but the average temperature at our house December thru February is WARMER than Minneapolis thanks to the relatively "warm" water of Lake Superior which rarely freezes.

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george13Aug. 19, 12 5:03 PM

"Last holdouts are warming up to central air" That's like saying "last holdouts are getting indoor plumbing" or a dial telephone.... What's that? Telephones have buttons now? What an age we live in.

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