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Old 08-07-2007, 12:39 PM   #11
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Where do you live that you don't need air conditiong?
ITK, it's not that we don't "need" air-conditioning. We don't "have" air-conditioning. Our three-story house was built in 1880 and has never been air-conditioned. To have the house converted would be problematic at best and certainly expensive, so we cope as best we can until it's done.
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Old 08-07-2007, 12:58 PM   #12
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ITK, it's not that we don't "need" air-conditioning. We don't "have" air-conditioning. Our three-story house was built in 1880 and has never been air-conditioned. To have the house converted would be problematic at best and certainly expensive, so we cope as best we can until it's done.

I also live in a big old house built in 1886. Love it but does not have a/c. My hubby is against having anything hanging out the window so we roast. Actually there are usually not very many unbearable days. When there are I seem to lose my appetite. Easy to grab foods made ahead are what work for us.
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:18 PM   #13
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I also live in a big old house built in 1886. Love it but does not have a/c. My hubby is against having anything hanging out the window so we roast. Actually there are usually not very many unbearable days. When there are I seem to lose my appetite. Easy to grab foods made ahead are what work for us.
Sorry, but your hubby would have a problem with me - I can not tolerate the heat, sorry - I would have them hanging out all the windows if I didn't have central !
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:24 PM   #14
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My brother goes in the basement when it gets too hot. He leaves in an older home with high ceilings do you think that may have reason that his house doesn't get too hot. I have been trying to figure this one out for years. He says he doesn't need a/c either. My other brother said not everyone is alike.
Warm air rises and cool air falls, so warmer air would be up toward the ceiling. Also, basements are insulated (surrounded by dirt), so that's why they're cooler.

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Uncle Bob and Buckytom no one wants to use the grill except when I do it. So I just work around the problem and try to be flexible with the meals. No one likes fish or eggs so my meals are really limited. They ta ke salads to work so they surely don't want them for supper.
Wow. In my house, if "no one wants to use the grill," they don't get a say in what they get for dinner - they eat what I fix or fix something else on their own

I try to use just the stovetop, microwave, crockpot and toaster oven during the summer; the oven is rarely turned on. When I make pasta or rice, I make extra for the next night, so I don't have to cook it again, and I often plan on having leftovers that just need to be heated up.

Hope this is helpful.
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:25 PM   #15
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Hot days = grilling days! :)
I just got a perforated stir fry basket for my grill,
which has been well used.

Inside, I tend to move pots to the back burners
and crank the exhaust fan up high to suck out more
steam and heat.

Otherwise, I don't really think there is much of a change
in our menus. Basically, if I want it I cook it. Except for
chili, which is the only cold weather only food I really have.
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:33 PM   #16
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Sorry, but your hubby would have a problem with me - I can not tolerate the heat, sorry - I would have them hanging out all the windows if I didn't have central !
I'm with you Miss Barb. My house is an old two story home, 11 foot ceilings, underneath big oak trees. No A/C is not an option in the South. The next 5 days will be 97-99-99-100-100 No thank you!! 10 days with no power during Katrina was pure hades! With night time lows (?) In the high 70's to lower 80's and not a leaf stirring! I may have to eat BBqed crackers for supper every night, but I garontee I'll be cool doing it! Two Central A/C's will see to that!

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I try to grill as much as possible. Having a side burner is real nice for anything you would use your stove for. You can also use a grill as a stove.
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I donít know what they cost, but have you guys in the old houses thought about the Mitsubishi ductless AC units? The units are small, donít sit in a window, and can cool up to three rooms. It might be a good option for picking a cool spot in the house and cooling that room with the doors shut?

It has a small outdoor hunt that connects via a small line to and indoor unit that you can mount anywhere in the room. I think these things are pretty cool (no pun intended).

Indoor unit



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I donít know what they cost, but have you guys in the old houses thought about the Mitsubishi ductless AC units? The units are small, donít sit in a window, and can cool up to three rooms. It might be a good option for picking a cool spot in the house and cooling that room with the doors shut?

It has a small outdoor hunt that connects via a small line to and indoor unit that you can mount anywhere in the room. I think these things are pretty cool (no pun intended).

Indoor unit



Outdoor Unit

Actually we have talked about getting that type. But in the mean time I tell him if he ever goes away for any length of time, he WILL find things hanging out the window!
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:07 PM   #20
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I've looked at these "ductless" models, but for my purpose (to create a cool zone during emergency, extened power outages) they are pricey back up systems. A small to medium (window) room A/C would have been heaven during Katrina!! I want get caught again. I don't think!!

I better get a move on............
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