Cooling Down with More Efficiency

Back in 2011 we put an old air conditioner in one of the double hung windows in The Cottage.

Air conditioner in the Cottage
Old air conditioner in the Cottage

Our tenant brought her own more modern and efficient air conditioner so both she and I tried to put the window up to get the old one out.

We have a pile of recyclable metal plus an air conditioner.
We have a pile of recyclable metal plus an air conditioner.

We couldn’t budge it.  With one quick bam Charlie pushed the window up and took out the old air conditioner. I told him to just put it on the trash pile because it is so outdated — no remote control.

The new air conditioner has a touch panel and a remote control.
The new air conditioner has a touch panel and a remote control.

The window and frame were washed both inside and out which it really needed.  The new unit was put in and turned on. Heavenly air on a 94-degree day.

Piece by piece the Cottage is coming together.
Piece by piece the Cottage is coming together.

It won’t be long before the new counter and sink are permanently installed.

How do you keep cool?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

13 thoughts on “Cooling Down with More Efficiency”

  1. You should check if your electric company will give you a rebate for the old air conditioner. Here in Westchester County, ConEd pays us to upgrade to more energy efficient appliances and will actually pay money for old ones.

      1. I checked again and they’ll only take air conditioners if you’re also recycling a full-size refrigerator. Hmmmm. Jo

      2. I tried filling out the form on-line. It would not let me progress without adding a refrigerator then I went back and read the conditions — air conditioners are bonus appliances. Jo

  2. nice! we have 3 in-wall ac units which we use only when it’s 90 out. helps keep us and the pets cool. we leave it on low for the pets while we’re at work on super hot days. certainly helps! our preference is open windows and lots of cross breezes, but when it’s 90 that’s not so pleasant.

  3. Like you, we have three window units. They’re kinda noisy, but I can’t live without AC when inside the house gets to 75 degrees! A true Northwesterner.

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