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answer ONLY if u do NOT have central air: what is your fan, window, etc set-up?

do u have regular window A/C's? how do u position things so the house stays tolerable? what room(s) are priority?


Asked by hibbingmom at 3:17 AM on May. 25, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • ^Um OK... that was stupid ^

    Our house is only 900sqft and pretty well shaded so we do fine with an AC unit in our window and a ceiling fan in the living room, if it's super hot we might get out a standing fan to help circulate the AC. If it's cool at night we'll open windows and the back door (We live in a pretty nice area and have a 95lb Doberman so we're don't have to worry about leaving the sliding door open!) The one window unit keeps our place REALLY cool though!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:33 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • Well. I do have central air, work with air conditioning and have a hubby that installs air conditioning. But, I will respect your wishes and not answer.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:21 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • Oh, the AC window unit is in our bedroom window

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:34 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • We have an AC in the master bedroom window and a big one in the living/dining area. We don't get a lot of super hot days here but we bought the big AC when I was preggo and living in a 2nd floor apartment. The smaller one was given to us. We're in a house now that is well shaded by trees but we figure we might as well use the ACs on those few hot days and be comfortable. We also have a ceiling fan in the master bedroom, but I can't sleep with it on. On the less hot days and nights, we open windows and doors, closing the doors at night. Right now it's freezing and rainy here so hot weather sounds nice.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:23 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • We have window units that we stopped using; they are not worth the hassle (or expense) for the handful of nights we would need them.
    We have ceiling fans in the bedrooms, living room and dining room; open windows all over the house; a pillar fan and box fan in the kitchen.

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:15 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • 1 window unit, in our bedroom's north facing window (dh works nights and needs to sleep in daytime, and our second floor is like an oven).
    Otherwise, keep the south facing window blinds and curtains closed - open all windows at night to let the house cool down - next morning keep the blinds and curtains closed on whatever windows the sun is beating in. it works pretty well, occasionally we put a box fan in front of the back door (facing east) in the evening. luckily our porches are deep and shady, but we do have alot of windows. when it gets too warm i take the kids swimming at the lake :-)
    we can't afford central air, our house is 3 story and 100 years old and leaks like crazy. but we never had A/C growing up and my parent's house was just as big and we lived through it :-)

    Answer by plylerjones at 6:54 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • We have window units in the bedrooms to keep those rooms pleasant at night, so they're only turned on before bed, run as needed, & turned off again in the mornings. Since the bedrooms aren't used during the day, we keep those blinds closed & that helps to keep the rooms from being warmed by the sun.
    For the main living area, we have a window unit in the dining room (most convenient) and that will run during the day as needed, along with a couple of fans that help keep the air flow moving so the cool air doesn't stay in the dining room. I will close the blinds in the windows that are facing the sun to help keep the rooms cooler. At night, the blinds are opened, windows are opened, and the window unit in the dining room is turned off completely.
    We also have a basement that is cool, so sometimes we'll turn on the fan on the furnace to pull the cool air out of the basement into the rest of the house.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 7:37 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • We have 4 window units. One at the east side of our house in the living area, one at the west end in our home office, one in our master and one in our kids room. The two units on the main floor keep the whole main floor cooled along with our ceiling fan in the room between the two rooms with the window units. Our main floor is about 900 sq ft. Upstairs the rooms are quite broken up so there is no air flow from our room to the kids room so we each need our own window unit. The kids room is west facing and gets really hot without the window unit.

    We upgraded recently and over the last couple years have bought all new window units that are very energy efficient.

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 9:13 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • We have A/C units built into the walls (not the windows). There is one in the living room, master bedroom, and daughters room. We'll be using a window unit for our sons room when he's 1-year-old. We also have a fan in the living room to circulate.

    I suggest fans in the master bedroom and living room.

    Get an energy saver a/c unit so that it only runs when it's needed like typical a/c.

    I fear to see our next energy bill. haha

    Answer by Happypancake at 10:45 AM on May. 25, 2010

  • Grew up without central A/C in a 1800 Sq ft one story ranch house. We survived our summers with a LARGE fan that sucked air through the house into the attic. All windows open, no blankets on the beds, and oscillating fans in the den and kitchen during the day. And we were banished outside most of the day.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 10:50 AM on May. 25, 2010