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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:32 PM
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How hot does your house/apt get before you turn on the AC?
My wife has a narrow comfort range that drives me nuts.
It was 84 in my office today and we just turned on fans.
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:34 PM
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1. sometimes up into the nineties and hundreds
oh wait - we don't have AC.

:)
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:34 PM
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2. We don't have AC.
It gets really hot. But, we have learned how to sleep in puddles of sweat.
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:41 PM
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3. According to Wiki
Your average high is 82 in August, is that correct? How's the humidity then?
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 05:26 PM
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17. That sounds wrong...
August / September we have lots of days in the high 90's / low 100's. It does cool off rapidly during the evening. Humidity isn't a problem. It really is a very pleasant summer. It makes up for the 9 months of rain. I just wanted to complain about something, anything.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:42 PM
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4. I have a swamp cooler
that keeps my place nice and chilly! I set it up around the first week of June. It takes two people so I have no idea how I am going to set it up this time.
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:43 PM
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5. Trivia: My husband's fraternal granfather was the inventor of that.
too bad we don't inherit!! Ha ha.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:49 PM
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11. cool! eom
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Nickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:44 PM
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6. What's a swamp cooler? n/t
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:49 PM
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10. It's a cooler that uses trickling water and a blower to cool
It only works in dry areas. It won't work in a place where there is a lot of humidity.
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Nickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:53 PM
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13. Weird, and it really cools the place down more than a regular fan system?
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 05:11 PM
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16. Oh yeah!
It gets downright COLD in here! But like I said, it only works in dry climates.
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:46 PM
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7. How hot does it get where you live?
No idea where mu-mu land is except that the KLF are from there.
Does the swamp cooler do a good job?
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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:46 PM
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8. I never turn on the AC.
I'm happiest when it's in the low 90's, but can easily tolerate it warmer than that, especially during the day. If it really gets too warm at night, I might turn on a fan.
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ForrestGump Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:47 PM
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9. In my recently-left place, to 110F or more
But the AC didn't kick in because the idiot landlord never fixed it and, when he finally did, he still kept it in the high '80s and in my front room that meant over a hundred. Bozo. Incredibly bad for me, especially given all the other heat I endured in my job and in my traveling in leather aboard a motorcycle, and I had things of mine actually melt in that room's heat. I had three fans and a portable swamp cooler and, at best, all they could do is knock off a few degrees. I lived and worked for years in the tropics and subtropics, with no A/C (but things like ceiling fans, cross-ventilation, and limestone walls) and never had that problem.

In my new place, the insulation seems so good that we've so far only had the air on a handful of times, with it set at 78-80F. It's like paradise. I'm actually a little chilly now (at 75F), and the air hasn't kicked on in days. :D

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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:52 PM
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12. It depends on the humidity levels
If it is fairly dry, then not until it gets to the mid 80s. However, if it is hot & sticky outside, I can turn it on when it reaches around 80 just to get rid of the humidity.

However, if I set the central A/C too low, my wife will complain that it's too cold.
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Nicole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 04:57 PM
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14. 80
I turn on the AC when the temps hit 80.
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 05:03 PM
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15. Don't have A/C
We generally don't need it.

I tend to have a fan going above 22/23 C - I don't have a high tolerance for heat.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 05:29 PM
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18. 79~84
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Der Blaue Engel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 05:43 PM
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19. What is this AC of which you speak?
In San Francisco, most places don't have it, but it rarely gets warm enough for it to matter. Generally less than ten days a year when I have to run a fan in the afternoon.
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 05:47 PM
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20. When the inside temp hits about 78.
Outside temps are usually in the upper 90s to 110 but the A/C doesn't have to run very much to keep it at 78 inside because our home is well insulated.
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CatholicEdHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 06:07 PM
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21. 90 or more
The ground is still too cold so I still have free A/C for another few weeks. It also means my place stays warmer into the fall without turning on the heat.
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mainegreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 06:21 PM
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22. No AC as it hardly gets above 90 here. Mostly 80s all summer.
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 06:24 PM
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23. I suffered enough with crappy climates, hot cold
so it stays 74 in the summer 68 winter. Good insulation and reasonable floor plan keep it reasonable.
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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 06:49 PM
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24. I'd have to be facing a few days of 100+ heat.
Which thankfully happen so very rarely. We only have a small window air conditioner for the house, so we don't get much relief anyway.

The nights tend to cool down fairly well around here so it is really not an issue most of the summer.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 06:49 PM
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25. no AC needed on the California north coast....
Don't need much heat in the winter, either.
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catmandu57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 07:52 PM
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26. It depends on the humidity
and my wife's nagging. I can tolerate heat very well, she can't, I hate sweating though, so it doesn't take much to get me to turn the air on if it's wringing wet.
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 07:54 PM
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27. What is this "AC" you speak of?
:P
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huskerlaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 07:54 PM
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28. It really depends more on
the overnight low than on the daytime high. As long as it cools off enough outside, I'm good. What I can't deal with is 90+ degrees during the day, cooling off only into the 70s. Even worse if there's no wind.

I run my a/c a LOT. I admit it.
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Saphire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 07:59 PM
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29. I'm in south Texas...I've had mine on for a month now. So I'd say about 80.
Edited on Mon Apr-23-07 07:59 PM by lady of texas
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 08:00 PM
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30. 75 or so.
I can handle extreme cold, but I'm very sensitive to heat.
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 08:28 PM
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31. I've never lived in a house with AC.
Upstate New York, so until recently it only got into the 90's a few days a year. I plan on holding out forever. Sweat is good.
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TOhioLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 08:34 PM
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32. My rule of thumb:
If all I'm doing is sitting around and I'm still sweating, it's time for the AC. Anywhere from the low 80's with high humidity to 90 degrees.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-07 10:58 PM
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33. We don't even have air conditioning...
Don't need it.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-24-07 12:44 AM
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34. 75. Too much humidity. Fans don't take the water out of the air.
South Texas. Mosquito ridden fungal jungle.
Humid subtropical is the technical name for it.
Does NOT cool off at night in the summer because of the high humidity.

I grew up without enough AC and it was HELL.
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